** For Glasgow posts please check parts 1, parts 2, parts 3 and parts 4 of my trip!**
**For Edinburgh posts please check part 5 and part 6 of my trip**
Good news, we’re on the last Edinburgh post, and then there are only two or three more posts to sum up the whole trip! I think I just might get you all caught up before November (and the one year anniversary of my trip) like I said I would. What part of Edinburgh are we visiting today? We’re taking a brief tour of St. Giles Cathedral.
I already spent some time waxing poetic about the Glasgow Cathedral, and I’m not going to lie, I liked that one a bit more. That said, St. Giles was amazing and the Thistle Chapel was magnificent. Apparently one of the many carved angels in the Thistle Chapel can be found holding a bagpipe, I was not able to locate said angel. The stone work, columns, stained glass and general character of St. Giles was rather impressive. While I may have a slight preference for the Glasgow Cathedral, I was still awestruck at the majesty found in St. Giles.
Here is your chance to take a peak 🙂
** Please see parts one through 3, here, here and here. **
Now that we have made our tour of most of Glasgow’s highlights, in one fewer posts than days I spent truly exploring the city, it’s time to round out the city with what I felt was the highlight. The stunning and rather magnificent Glasgow Cathedral. I believe I already mentioned that I stumbled across this gem thanks to the Hop on Hop off bus tour I took, granted, I stumbled on many different things (several unmentioned) thanks to that tour. I am however most thankful that I took the tour as I hadn’t come across anything that even mentioned the Cathedral otherwise. Knowing that I could have missed out on this place makes me unbelievably sad. It was awe-inspiring, breathtaking and humbling all at the same time. This was one of those rare places that brought me peace and joy from the moment I crossed the threshold – the only other place that immediately springs to mind are the Sydney Botantical Gardens and Domain.
The first time I visited the Cathedral was an hour before closing time. Didn’t seem like it would be an issue to only have one hour, until I walked through the doors that it. In that one hour I was only able to glance over half of the building, and that was without taking my time and appreciating it. For that very reason I came back the second day for a few hours and just took my time walking around, looking at the stone work and wood carvings, admiring the hight of the columns, and gazing up at the stained glass windows. Of course the camera received a bit of a work out that day! I won’t spend anymore time talking about this place as my words could never do it justice; instead I shall provide you with some pictures, which if you use your imagination, you just might be able to see and feel what I felt inside.