Every now and then, I have to pinch myself – take a step back and think, “I live in Scotland!” I imagine years from now, I’ll look back and remember how so many things were different and exciting. Here’s another typical old world scene. The type we pass every day – a stone barn. Is it a century old? More? Was it once someone’s home? – I can only imagine.
The Marine Operations Center controls the Aberdeen Harbor. I would love to see some city views from inside, too. Maybe someday.
On this night, I came to catch the sunset. But, it wasn’t great (at first). I turned away and took some pictures of the full moon rising in the east. When I turned back, the sunset was gorgeous!
This was a clever illusion that was set up in many of the tourist hangouts (with a bucket for donations). The guy on the bottom appears to be holding up a big metal post as effortlessly as a coffee cup. There is nothing between his sleeve and his lap to hold up the weight. Balanced on the top of the post is a second man in a mediation pose. He appears to be light as a feather. Both are real men occasionally moving slightly or looking around at the passers by. They would sit there for probably more than an hour.
Along the Tiber river in Rome is Castel Sant’Angelo. The beginnings of this building began around 130 A.D.. It has had various uses over the years. But, the one thing that stuck in my mind is this is the location for the setting of act 3 of Puccini’s Opera Tosca. Tosca sings the beautiful area “Vissi D’Arte” and later throws herself from the roof of this castle.