"Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords"
We opted for the pre and post cruise options. Arriving in Edinburgh, we grabbed a cab to the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Caledonia which formerly house the Caledonian Railways terminal. When our cab stopped at the Waldorf, we planned to exchange currency (USD), however, a delightful gentleman who hailed a cab, graciously paid for our service.
From the moment we stepped into the lobby with their bell captain in full Scottish regalia, we knew we had chosen the right place.
We lucked out and acquired one of only three cabins for physically disabled. The cabin lacked in closet space for two people, however, the lavatory and the desk accomodated our clothing needs.
Beginning at the Glasgow Cathedral, affectionately called " St. Mungo's" - look for the symbols of the children's poem about his miracles - the bird, the tree, the bell and the fish - on the ornamental lampposts throughout the street. Check out the "Clooty Tree" where you can find a piece of cloth to write a wish and hang it on the tree. Note the bird bath on the building - 'Keep the Pavement Dry and the amazing collection of religious art work encompassing all faiths.
Then off to the Kelvingrove Museum/ Art Gallery housing twenty-two (22) separate galleries covering Egyptian art, taxidermy, modern art, including Dali's masterpiece "‘Christ of St John of the Cross’. Read the story of the restoration of this piece after a heinous act of destruction; Paul Reed's "Return to Sender" - Elvis 'lives', Sophie Cave's 'Floating Heads'.