Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Edinburgh Ho!

Later today we are off to Edinburgh to see Niall's mum and his sister whose birthday it is on Friday.



Sadly our mode of travel will not be as romantic or stylish as a train in the glory days of rail travel which this poster advertised. Instead we will be taking the overnight car ferry from Ouistreham to Portsmouth and then driving up.

Currently the National Museum of Scotland is holding an exhibition entitled 'See Scotland by Train' of railway posters like this, and hopefully we'll have a chance to go and see it.

Therefore, next posts will probably take a departure from our usual lives here in France and have a Scottish flavour!

17 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Niall and Antoinette:
The exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland looks to be most interesting. The art work associated with travel by rail, particularly in the inter war period, is often outstanding and 'See Scotland by Train' sounds well worth seeing.

We wish you a pleasant journey and a safe return.

the fly in the web said...

Trams!
Waves of nostalgia....

I still remember travelling the West Coast line drawn by thundering steam locomotives...

I'd love to see the exhibition.

Perpetua said...

Bon voyage! I'm afraid you're likely to find the weather very much the same when you arrive. I do hope you make it to what looks a most interesting exhibition.

GaynorB said...

I hope you have a wonderful time.
Safe journeys.

Jean said...

Have a great trip and I look forward to reading all about it !!

Pollygarter said...

When you get back you must come over and see "L'Illusioniste" - a hand-drawn cartoon film featuring Edinburgh, steam trains, the Scottish islands just at the end of the variety era when the trams came to the end of the line too.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Hope you have a great trip. Drive safely. Diane

The Broad said...

That sounds a wonderful exhibition. My husband and I are very fond of railway art. Wonder if I could lure him away to Edinburgh when I get back! Best wishes for a wonderful safe trip!

wcs said...

Bon voyage! Just saw a tv program about Scotland which featured Edinburgh, of course. Enjoy!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jane & Lance - journey up was bit dire, very rainy. Encountered huge amounts of surface water and spray on the motorway but otherwise, thankfully, uneventful.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - sadly never travelled by steam train except 'heritage' North York Moors railway. Would love to do the trip up to Mallaig one day.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor- thanks! Hope all your bruises are easing.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jean - we came up via Oxford and then M1/M18/A1M so waved in your general direction when we got to N'ham/Derby area :-)

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Pauline - that sounds really interesting so will do! All of Edinburgh is rather like Tours:- huge upheavals for a tram system which is massively over budget!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Diane - thanks! Weather hasn't really co-operated so far :-(

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Broad - even without the railway poster exhibition the Museaum of Scotland is really worth seeing!!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Walt - Edinburgh is a lovely city-- loads of lovely buildings, plenty of energy [students] and 'walk-able'.