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Sunday was sunny, so of course I headed out to the cemetery I've been meaning to tromp round. Sunny it may have been, but I eventually became truly concerned about the state of my toes.

There were a lot of trees and female figures along with a handful of angels. I will definitely have to go back when there isn't snow on the ground. The downside will be the leaves on the trees. I found the bare branches quite atmospheric.
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I'm back! I've officially forbidden myself to go to another graveyard tomorrow if I don't finish this first. So here I am. Posting these pictures so I can take more pictures I don't have time to post. Sigh. I really had great visions of keeping up with this trip reporting thing this time around. It's not going very well so far. But I am having fun, and I'll have tons of stuff to slowly post once I get home...we'll go with that for now, see how far it gets us.

and we're off )
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
I'm back! I've officially forbidden myself to go to another graveyard tomorrow if I don't finish this first. So here I am. Posting these pictures so I can take more pictures I don't have time to post. Sigh. I really had great visions of keeping up with this trip reporting thing this time around. It's not going very well so far. But I am having fun, and I'll have tons of stuff to slowly post once I get home...we'll go with that for now, see how far it gets us.

and we're off )
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
For the sake of those who might be here strictly for the cemetery pics I'm going to do this slightly out of actual trip order - which bugs me a bit, but I didn't actually do too much in the morning; it's mostly a bunch of, 'huh, isn't that weird' and 'hee, that's sort of cool, isn't it?' pics. Also, due to constraints of time I haven't resized these so I apologize if anyone is having to scroll sideways.

Necropolis is such a great word )

So now I've gotten all paranoid about the size and quantity of the pictures added to the new expand/collapse feature (plus time again) so I'll cut this into two pieces. There's a whole little area where the founders or some such paid tribute to themselves as their headstones, it's hilarious. So, more still to come!
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
For the sake of those who might be here strictly for the cemetery pics I'm going to do this slightly out of actual trip order - which bugs me a bit, but I didn't actually do too much in the morning; it's mostly a bunch of, 'huh, isn't that weird' and 'hee, that's sort of cool, isn't it?' pics. Also, due to constraints of time I haven't resized these so I apologize if anyone is having to scroll sideways.

Necropolis is such a great word )

So now I've gotten all paranoid about the size and quantity of the pictures added to the new expand/collapse feature (plus time again) so I'll cut this into two pieces. There's a whole little area where the founders or some such paid tribute to themselves as their headstones, it's hilarious. So, more still to come!
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Every year on my birthday we do ‘something’ and in 2011 we took a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, self-guided by the above-named book. It was a lovely day and we took lots of pictures.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Every year on my birthday we do ‘something’ and in 2011 we took a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, self-guided by the above-named book. It was a lovely day and we took lots of pictures.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
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Right - first, breakfast was yummy.



On Monday I visited the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Museum, neither of which I thought allowed pictures, but now I think the Museum actually does. I really wish places would put the little pictogram for either ‘no photography’ or ‘no flash photography’ on the map that most people pick up on their way into places. I was absolutely sure the Portrait Gallery couldn’t possibly allow photography, but the only way I could confirm it was to find the one sign at the entrance which stated that. I also hit the Museum on the Mound on this day and the cemetery across the way from Pilrig Park.

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Right - first, breakfast was yummy.



On Monday I visited the Scottish National Gallery and the Scottish National Museum, neither of which I thought allowed pictures, but now I think the Museum actually does. I really wish places would put the little pictogram for either ‘no photography’ or ‘no flash photography’ on the map that most people pick up on their way into places. I was absolutely sure the Portrait Gallery couldn’t possibly allow photography, but the only way I could confirm it was to find the one sign at the entrance which stated that. I also hit the Museum on the Mound on this day and the cemetery across the way from Pilrig Park.

Read more )
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As [livejournal.com profile] chloris perfectly pointed out, no one but I will know that any of this is out of order. Still, for my own sanity I’ll have a go at continuing. I must still have a look over my Castle entry as there’s something in there causing an error. I’ll plough ahead now though. When last I left you, I’d visited the Farmers’ Market, then had a good book-buying interlude followed by a leisurely, rather posh, and consequently overpriced ‘afternoon tea’ in the Tower Restaurant at the Scottish National Museum, causing me to be kicked out rather unceremoniously at five – closing time – and necessitating an additional museum added to my list of – go back later. Both the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum feature free admission, making this a viable option. Right across from the museum is Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Perfect. As you will notice soon if you haven’t already, cemeteries are a draw for me, the light was beautiful, and there was no rain threatening to deluge my camera.

Greyfriar’s Kirkyard ahead )
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
As [livejournal.com profile] chloris perfectly pointed out, no one but I will know that any of this is out of order. Still, for my own sanity I’ll have a go at continuing. I must still have a look over my Castle entry as there’s something in there causing an error. I’ll plough ahead now though. When last I left you, I’d visited the Farmers’ Market, then had a good book-buying interlude followed by a leisurely, rather posh, and consequently overpriced ‘afternoon tea’ in the Tower Restaurant at the Scottish National Museum, causing me to be kicked out rather unceremoniously at five – closing time – and necessitating an additional museum added to my list of – go back later. Both the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum feature free admission, making this a viable option. Right across from the museum is Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. Perfect. As you will notice soon if you haven’t already, cemeteries are a draw for me, the light was beautiful, and there was no rain threatening to deluge my camera.

Greyfriar’s Kirkyard ahead )
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
Please forgive me if, at any point, you are someone who is trying to follow this chronologically. My post on Day 3 - when I visited Edinburgh Castle - is currently causing LJ to spit out an error. Out of frustration I posted the next installment which I’d already written to make sure I could post anything at all. I could. And since the last time I was amused by LJ correcting me - it turned out I was spelling ‘dalmatians’ incorrectly - well, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Day 5 got away from me just a little bit. The plan was to visit Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market in the morning and the Scottish National Museum in the afternoon. A couple of things conspired to set me off schedule. My left knee had been seriously protesting all the down-hilling I had done on day 4 and it continued to do so all this day as well. This means I took a bus into the city and was moving quite a bit more slowly than usual. Also, disappointed at the dearth of used bookstores I was finding on my own - oh, I bought a copy of Tess of the D’ubervilles from a charity shop on day 2 - I had marked onto the map a shop which came up when I did a google search for the area I was going to be in for the market and museum. Now, I have no idea why only one dot came up, but there was a whole handful of good stores over there. I was moving slowly, but I managed to buy a lot of pretty, pretty books. Being delayed, I found myself being thrown out of the museum at five, making a second place I have to go back to before I leave. I did; however, walk through Greyfriar’s Kirkyard before I turned for home.
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Please forgive me if, at any point, you are someone who is trying to follow this chronologically. My post on Day 3 - when I visited Edinburgh Castle - is currently causing LJ to spit out an error. Out of frustration I posted the next installment which I’d already written to make sure I could post anything at all. I could. And since the last time I was amused by LJ correcting me - it turned out I was spelling ‘dalmatians’ incorrectly - well, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Day 5 got away from me just a little bit. The plan was to visit Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market in the morning and the Scottish National Museum in the afternoon. A couple of things conspired to set me off schedule. My left knee had been seriously protesting all the down-hilling I had done on day 4 and it continued to do so all this day as well. This means I took a bus into the city and was moving quite a bit more slowly than usual. Also, disappointed at the dearth of used bookstores I was finding on my own - oh, I bought a copy of Tess of the D’ubervilles from a charity shop on day 2 - I had marked onto the map a shop which came up when I did a google search for the area I was going to be in for the market and museum. Now, I have no idea why only one dot came up, but there was a whole handful of good stores over there. I was moving slowly, but I managed to buy a lot of pretty, pretty books. Being delayed, I found myself being thrown out of the museum at five, making a second place I have to go back to before I leave. I did; however, walk through Greyfriar’s Kirkyard before I turned for home.
Read more )
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Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Continue the tour )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Every year on my birthday we do ‘something’ and in 2011 we took a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, self-guided by the above-named book. It was a lovely day and we took lots of pictures.

Begin the tour )

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