Adéla 🇨🇿Traveler & Travelogist (@the_travelogist) — 💙 My adventurous alter-ego travelgraphy
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📷 Scotland 🏴
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🌏 Part time traveller 🏨 full time concierge
📷 Scotland 🏴
🏖 July in Egypt 🇪🇬
Standing in the past, looking for the future 🌌 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Linlithgow palace is another ruined beauty, situated just few miles behind Edinburgh, directly on the road to Stirling. . A royal manor existed there since 12th century but the castle played an important role especially in the 15th and 16th centuries as one of the main residences of Scottish monarchs. The place is situated in beautiful countryside, on the banks of Linlithgow Loch, and was used as a luxurious leisure residence of Scottish royal court. However its strategic position halfway between Edinburgh and Stirling made it also an ideal base for securing the supply routes between the two castles. . Linlithgow is most famous as a birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was born at the palace in 1542 and occasionally stayed there during her reign. It's said thar Mary's mother, Mary of Guise, still haunts the palace during nights. She has a ghostly company of another Scottish queen, Margaret Tudor, who's said to still waiting for her husband King James IV who died on the battlefield of Flodden in 1512.
Tantallon castle ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Tantallon is a proof that even aging and decay has its own specific beauty. We usually appreciate all things nice and new, or at least old and beautiful… but once things are getting older and begin to undergo a natural cycle of creation and destruction, we often turn away from them as something bad happened. Everybody loves youthful beauty, puppies, new houses… but we often forget to our own grannies, old dogs are put into shelters and old houses are abandoned. . Here, as in many other places, we may see the rough beauty and appreciate that even the end of the cycle may be nice, if you have eyes to see it. I definitely prefer when buildings are preserved, as it’s the heritage of the past that can teach us a lot about our ancestors and about us. But it’s also important to see that there’s the whole cycle of life – death and then, hopefully, rebirth. . What about you, do you love old things and ruined buildings❔ . Tantallon is a majestic ruin that adorns steep cliffs towering over Oxroad bay, near the town of North Berwick. The mid-14th-century fortress is unique within Scotland as the man-made defenses comprise of just one large wall that protects a coastal promontory that is naturally defended by steep sea cliffs from other three directions. . The wall is built of the local red sandstone, has towers at both ends and heavily fortified gatehouse in the centre. It’s call curtain wall castle and it’s the last one built in Scotland as smaller tower house castles was becoming increasingly popular. . This is definitely not the best angle how to capture the castle. Unfortunately there was an unexpected closure the day I visited the castle and this is the closest viewpoint to which I got after climbing over the fence and trespassing a field. 😇
If life is a beach... what kind of beach do you prefer? . Sandy or rather rocky? 🏖🏝🌅 Wild and deserted or urban and crowded? . The Scottish Borders is not only about splendid Gothic abbeys and castles, it’s also coastal region with beautiful seaside. Here we're on a sandy beach of North Berwick, with famous Bass Rock on sight. . The Bass is 107 m high volcanic rock that provides home to a large colony of gannets. 🕊 The small isle is nowadays uninhabited but there used to be a castle. . If you are amateur ornithologist or wildlife enthusiast, it’s possible to visit the rock with an excursion organized by Scottish Seabird Centre. Other companies organize sails along the coast with visit of nearby islands. . The sea has fascinated me since childhood. Being a lands(wo)man from Central Europe, it always provoked adventurous dreams about distant lands. Sea tells a story that the world is bigger than it might seem. Do you hear these stories too ❔
The vaults goes ever on and on... this time in Jedburgh Abbey. . I spend just one day traveling around the Borders region, but I keep postings these Gothic wonders for a while. They are just too wondeful not to show them to the world... . During just 6 days in Scotland, I took some 800 photos... 📷📱around 150 of them are good and several of them just great 🤩(smth stinky here...). . How many photos do you take while travelling ❔ . I try hard not to look at the world around though the screen of my phone or lens of my camera... however I can't help to take photos of all the things I find beautiful, interesting... or weird. I usually enjoy first and take photos afterwards. Unless I'm in time pressure... . How about you ❔ Do you have any tips and strategies how to fully enjoy moment and have wondeful photo-memories of them too ❓Any tips highly appreciated. 🙏 . Have a great day, enjoy the sunshine ☀️ and bless the rain.. it's needed too! 🌧
Happy Mother's Day 💐 to all the amazing wonder women and especially to my fantastic mummy. 🤩💖😘 Thank you for being you... thank you for helping me to be me. 🙏 ~~~~~~~ The mother and daughter relationship can be difficult sometimes but I'm happy to say that my mum is my best friend, someone who's always here in case of need, who has the special sixth sense for troubles in my life I don't want to talk about and who always know whether to be present or step back and wait till I'm ready to come back home. ~~~~~~~ Sometimes I feel guilty because I moved 300km from my mum's place, we don't see each other often and I don't call or text her as often as I should... ~~~~~~~ The older I'm the more I resemble my mum. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes quite irritating. Especially to my boyfriend who says that being Adela in our family is rather a diagnosis than just a name... Nevertheless, I pray to genetics every morning in front od the mirror to look so good in my mom's age and to be in such a great shape! 💪I'm also happy that my mum was bitten by the travel bug 🐜🗺⛵ and we can share great times together on the road. Which is much safer way to spent time than being at home because all the topics about my household, whether I iron my clothes and whether I already plan children are safely forgotten when planning our trips and deciding whether to take rather right or left road and if it's better to buy strawberries or prosecco for dinner (both!). ~~~~~~ Mums are those persons we often taken for granted as they have always been here for us... but they are the ones who should be appreciated every day as queens, simply because they are. 👑 ~~~~~~ So cheers 🥂 and big kiss to all amazing women who bravely bear the beautiful and difficult gift and burden of motherhood. 💖 Have a great Sunday 🍀 #smecestovatelky
Fly high in pursuing your dreams… you can always take a rest on the rooftops of your castles (or abbeys) in the air 🌥🏰🌤 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Melrose abbey was founded in the first half of the 12th century by Cistercian monks. The whole construction was built in the form of St. John’s Cross and in the Gothic manner. It’s a place of final rest of several Scottish kings and nobles and also of embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. ❤ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Even though the building is partially ruined, it’s still very impressive and we can just guess how wonderful the place was in times of its greatest glory. Melrose abbey is known for its carved details including saints, dragons and gargoyles. And the best place from which you can admire the latter are the tops of the towers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The gradual destruction of the abbey began already in the 14th century. First, the abbey was nearly completely destroyed by the army of English king Edward II and just 60 years later it was burned by King Richard II of England. However, the abbey was fully rebuilt again during 15th century. The last blow of destiny was the destruction by the armies of English king Henry VIII in the middle of 16th century. After that, the abbey was never fully repaired and the last Melrose monk passed away in 1590. From 16th century the abbey was left to the ravages of time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It was Sir Walter Scott, a well-known novelist and Sheriff-Depute of Roxburghshire, who helped to save at least the ruins of Melrose abbey in the first half of 19th century. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What about you: do you like to fly high or do you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground❓ And are you afraid of (wuthering) heights❔
War is over now 🕊 and the ray of hope for a better future once again shines through the heavy clouds. 🌠 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today, 74 years ago, at 23:01 Central European Time, the WWII officially ended. After 6 years of horrors, that influenced hundreds of milions of people from over 30 countries and caused death to more than 70 milions people, the greatest human failure of modern man ended. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Does your countries remember those who fought and died for their and our freedom ❔ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The stories of ordinary people who did not surrender even when facing torture and death affects me a lot. They are constant reminder that everyone of us is important, that many small people can do great things. Because on the other side of the barricades, there are also just people... no supermen, just ordinary people like you and me. What creates tyrants is not some superpower, but support from other people... and indifference of another ones. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today is a gratitude day for Europe. Let's remember those who gave their lives so that we can live in better world. Let's observe a moment of silence, silent prayer or a candlelight to those who sacrificed the most precious for the greater good. 💐🕯🙏 It's not just free day today, it's the day of freedom. 💖 . . . #warisover#wwii#veday#victoryday
Rosslyn chapel ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits. 🌟 The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates. 🌟 Adorned in masters’ loving art, She lies. 🌹 She rests at last beneath the starry skies…. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The visit to Rosslyn chapel was one of the highlights of my Scottish road trip. I wanted to visit the place for ages but other plans always took me to the Northwest of Scotland rather than to the South. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Whether you love history, splendid architecture, mysterious stories, religions, Dan Brown's book or cats, this is the right place to go! 🤩 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The chapel dedicated to St. Mathew was founded in 15th-century by William Sinclair and it was used as a burial place for several generations of the Sinclair family. Subsequently the crypt was sealed shut for many years, which caused the origin of legends about precious treasure hidden in the vaults. Various stories spoke about the mummified head of Jesus Christ, the Holy Grail, the treasure of the Templars or the original crown jewels of Scotland. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The speculative theories became widespread in late 1980s when the chapel became more famous also abroad. The chapel and its treasure even played a role in one of the Barman comics! 🦇 The last and biggest wave of interest was caused by Dan Brown's novel and movie 📚🎬 The Da Vinci Code. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Unfortunately, for all mystery lovers, historians say that the stories have no basis in fact. 🤷♀️ What a pity... the chapel is wonderful piece of art by itself but I actually really like the myth around it too. 🌌 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What about you❔ Do you follow the line of official history or do you prefer to leave a tiny space for the mysteries that might be hidden in the fine carvings and beneath the floor❔
Opening the door to the weekend _____ So where does your weekend door lead to? _____ I have unplanned shifts at work, which is not so bad, as the weather is surprisingly awful for first May weekend. I know it’s more about clothes and attitude than weather… but 7°C with rain and without sunshine is quite too cold for me. At least the nature will appreciate the rain, as spring is extremely dry this year. And I will enjoy free day tomorrow, maybe even with some trip nearby my place. 🏰 Hopefully something historical. 🤩 _____ I can’t resist the magic of historical doors. They always make me wonder what’s behind them… not only in the physical sense, but also in that imaginary (divine? magical?) level of existence.🌌🌠 These beautiful gothic portal lead back in time to the 15th century. Can you guess what’s hidden behind them? _____ Whatever the weather is, enjoy your weekend, my dear friends! 🍀
From Witchcraft to Christianity and splendid St. Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile __ St. Giles' cathedral is the High Kirk of the Church of Scotland and important Edinburgh's religious place for at least nine centuries. Present church dates from the late 14th century and is dedicated to Saint Giles. ___ The beautiful crown spire is prominent feature of Edinburgh’s cityscape that distinguish St. Giles’ from any other church or cathedral. The most famous part of the church is the Thistle Chapel dedicated to the Scotland’s highest chivalric order “The Most Ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle”. It looks very old, but it was actually built only at the beginning of 20th century. The chapel is small, but richly decorated with elaborate carvings and paintings, from which the most famous is an angel playing bagpipes. I really like the way how Scottishness is omnipresent. 🏴 ___ If you would like to visit the St Giles', which I highly recommend, it might be a good idea to check the events calendar as concerts are regularly held in the church. In addition to the interior of the church, you can also climb the tower with a guided tour. Not only the rooftop offer great view over the city, but you can also take closer look at the roof architecture. ___ Just out of curiosity, have you ever heard about Saint Giles? I know many Christian saints but Giles is not one of them. 🤔
Witching you all enchanting Witches' Day & Night! 🧙♀️🌌🎃🔮🐈🧙♂️ Magic is in the air as witches and pagans celebrate another turn of the wheel of the year. ☸ ____ Do you celebrate Witches night and May Day? ____ The festivals of Beltain and May day open summer and the period of prosperity. Modern celebrations are reminiscences of the agricultural festivals of our ancestors. We cannot be sure in which way they really celebrated them, as we have just fragments of information, but we do our best to put together a mosaic of historical sources and folklore, complemented by modern religious-spiritual influences so that it all makes sense for us. ____ The sense is, in my opinion, the highest purpose of any and all rituals. We don't live so closely connected with nature, so many agricultural aspects of celebrations can be foreign to us ... but we shouldn't forget nature and its powers. After all, she's the one who gave birth to us and who takes us back once. On the contrary, we live in a modern world that would be alien to our ancestors. But that doesn't mean that we should forget in our rituals, for example, our work, cars, studies ... anything that is important to us. The Old ones prayed for plenty of moisture and sun for crops. We pray for our cars and careers to work well for another year. Is one more and another less? I don't think so ... and so there is an old and new, traditional and modern, natural and artificial, divine and human. So it's okay. ___ The Beltane rituals and traditions are all about protection, growth and prosperity. So I wish you enchanting day, magical night and beautiful May Day tomorrow. May all the blessings be with you for another year. 🧙♀️🌌🍀
Scotland 💙🏴 What's the first thing that comes to your mind❓ What do you imagine when thinking about the country❔ ___ The first image that goes to my mind is wild Highland nature, deer, hills covered by violet heather, lochs, old castles and the smell of adventure in the air.. the combination of fresh windy air, salt from the sea, angels' share and that 'something' that's very difficult to grasp and describe, but what speak to the very centre of my soul. ___ I visited Scotland (not just Edinburgh) for the first time in 2011 when writing my bachelor's thesis about Scottish Gaelic. It's was a round trip from Edi through The Trossachs and Loch Lomond area to the western coast and then up to the Outer Hebrides. I returned few years later for another roundtrip to see more of this amazing country. Since then, I'm seriously addicted. ____ The unique combination of fantastic culture, rich history and heritage with wild nature is breathtaking. I also like Scottish patriotism, that seems to be (for me as an outsider) very strong but on the other hand not arrogant. Simply 'that's our home, that's us, like it and join us in what we love or leave'. Simple and straightforward. ____ What about you and Scotland?
Water of Life ⛲ _____ The Ross Fountain in Princes Street Gardens is popular instagrammable places in Edinburgh city centre. It's there since 1872 but it's from 2017 when it became so photo-popular because its change of colour from sandy gold to turquoise. _____ I like especially the contrast between the colours of the castle and old town on the top of the hill, in contrast with the bright sea-blue colour of the fountain. _____ I love history and I really appreciate when good care is taken of its preservation. But I also think places and things should live proper life... not just being mausoleums of past. As such I like when new purposes and looks are given to the old places. _____ What about you, do you think historical places should be just preserved or is it better to give some new life to their old walls too?
Have a wonderful Easter Monday!💚🍀 ___ Do you celebrate Easter❔ In what manner❓ ___ Whether you consider Easter a festival of spring or a celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection, there's a lot to celebrate and think about. ___ First, Easter as a 'modern' variety of old pagan festival rejoice fertility and new life that comes to the nature in spring. You can find all the old pagan symbols in folklore festivities. Maypoles, dance with ribbons, decorated eggs, young animals, green colour... And the whole festival is about strength that returns to the nature after long winter. Same as nature, we also need to rest so we can flourish once again. ____ The other side of the celebration is the biblical story of Jesus: his life, teaching, death on the cross and, above all, ressurection. The story is both sad and joyful. Jesus dies for the sins of humankind but eventually he is resurrected and he gives us example about how to live our daily lives. ___ Christianity and faith in general are considered sedentary and conservative. Hard to believe that Jesus was a rebel of his time when he opposed the formal religion and put emphasis on personal faith, its authenticity and unpretentiousness. He emphasised personal responsibility of every individual, which is something still very little visible in both private and public life. ___ What do you think about Easter❔ What's the most important message to us❓
Crazy hair, don't care! Have a fabulous long Easter weekend! 🍀🐇💚 and don't take yourself too seriously. 😉 ____ This should have been one of those 'I gracefully relax at the castle and think about the dichotomy of good and evil' photo, but Scottish wind had another plans. And my insta-mum has special talent to take pictures exactly when she should wait just a little while. ____ Wind in Scotland is ultra creative hairdresser and I felt like Medusa most of the time as my hair were flying all around my head. ___ I like to wear loose hair. I'm just lazy for any styling and my hair have their own head and do what they want anyway. Sometimes I try ponytail or braids but the short baby-hair around my face are always out of them in few minutes... ___ How do you style your hair for travelling ❓❔ Loose, braids, ponytails, buns ❔❓ I appreciate any tips and good ideas how to tame my crazy hair.
What better place to start a tour around Edinburgh than at the castle? __ Fortress Dhùn Èideann gave its name to the whole city and its prominent position on the Castle Rock creates the unforgettable Edinburgh panorama with the castle on one side and Calton Hill monuments just about a mile away on the other side of the Old Town. __ The area of Castle Rock is inhabited since Iron Age and the first royal castle is historically documented at least from the reign of King David I in the 12th century. ___ The Edinburgh castle is one of the most significant Scottish monuments and Scotland's most-visited paid tourist attraction, with over 2 million visitors every year. It's an important symbol of both Scotland and Edinburgh and surely worth visit. __ TRAVEL TIP 💷 The admission fee to the castle costs £18,50. Think about possibility to buy one of the sightseeing passes for Edinburgh or Scotland. The Royal Edinburgh Pass or The Scottish Heritage Pass are great option when you love to see as much as you can until you faint totally exhausted. I bought 7-day Scottish Heritage Pass offered by @historicscotland and @nationaltrustforscotland for £55 and during the week I used it to 9 entrances in total value of £78. 😊 Not bad. ___ I always buy the passes on the Visit Britain shop @lovegreatbritain or other official sources like local tourist board or city webpage. It’s where you can also find passes for another cities and regions. I actually really like sightseeing passes in general, as they usually offer entrance to the major attractions for good value and you can use the skip-the-line entrance option, which can save lots of time. And that’s what I appreciate a lot, as I always feel like I don’t have enough time when travelling. __ Do you like to use the sightseeing passes ❔ #edinburghcastle
It felt so good to be on the road again! 🏴✈🇬🇧 After the half of year of adulting with mortgage, insurances, reconstruction and moving to the new flat, the only thing I needed was to escape and be @the_travelogist once again! ___ I didn't know how (really really) much travelling means to me before I was stranded at home for 3/4 of year. I also realized that I'm not suited for adult troubles and administration. 😂 ___ The week in Scotland passed all the way too quickly and I still feel like I didn't manage to do half of what I wanted...and I didn't meet any of my friends who stay in Scotland or nearby. I was too busy running and driving around, soaking the atmosphere and enjoying time with my mum after very very long time. ___ Now, I have around 800 photos to go through and edit. Have a great start of the week, my dear IG friends, I'll be back soon with photos from Edinburgh and Scotland.
17th November is a special day for Czech Republic. 🇨🇿 On this day, 29 years ago, the communistic power broke up and we finally became free, sovereign, independent and democratic country. _____ How long is the democratic tradition of your country ❔ _____ Czech lands has long history but short tradition of modern democracy. _____ Our first prehistoric inhabitants were Celts, then Germanic and Slavic tribes. First real country was the Samo's real, followed by Great Moravia and Kingdom of Bohemia. We used to be powerful kingdom in the Middle Ages, but lost this position thought the 'dark ages' of Austrian-Hungarian Empire. The first world war was a disaster but still a glimpse of hope as in 1918, we had our own small free democratic country of Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately we didn't enjoy it for long. From 1938 we were under control of Nazi Germany and after the war, in 1948, Communist party took the power and Czechoslovakia was economically and ideologically connected to Russian Soviet union. Repressions, censorship, working camps, secret agents, lack of freedom, fear, restriction of human freedoms... that was our reality for another 40 years. The Velvet revolution on 17 November 1989 means a lot to us. We are free once again.. 🦁 ___ As you can see, our country doesn't have long history of democracy, even though we never lost the desire for freedom. We are still learning and our country is far from ideal. But we're making small steps for better future. Hopefully... __ On this special day, I wish you all life in freedom and democracy. 🙏 It's not easy as hand in hand with freedom goes also great responsibility. So many times people are lazy and afraid to be responsible for one's own deeds, that they give up freedom in exchange for comfort. I hope we all are strong enough to carry the beauty and the burden of freedom. ❤🌹 ___ Wish you all fabulous weekend, dear friends. 🌟 . . . #freedom#democracy#truth#Czechia#czechrepublic#velvetrevolution#the_travelogist