Often referred to as “the most haunted castle in Scotland,” Edinburgh Castle is more than 900 years old and has been the site of many terrifying events. Torturing of prisoners, burning of witches, and victims dying from the Black Death, these events provide a plentiful source for souls to be at unrest in throughout the castle.
Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, most notable the War of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. Edinburgh Castle is known for being “the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world.”
If you get a chance to visit Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is worth a visit.
On my recent visit to Ireland and Scotland I noticed how “bike friendly” these places were. I live in a congested part of the United States where driving with bikers are a daily hazard. While in Ireland and Scotland, I was impressed by the planning of space given to those on bicycles. It makes sense, is a lot safer and more enjoyable for everyone.
During my visit to Galway City, Ireland I experienced a sensory explosion of beautiful, fresh, locally sourced foods. From handmade chocolates, dairy farm cheeses, olives, fresh salmon, Atlantic Ocean seaweed, artichokes, freshly baked breads, homemade jams, local meats to farm fresh vegetables, the food was a culinary feast. In fact, throughout my two week visit to Ireland, I consistently enjoyed fresh, locally sourced food that was delicious. So on your next visit to Ireland, venture out and enjoy the gourmet abundance of fresh, locally sourced foods.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice is the darkest day of the year preceding the gradual return of sunlight. These photographs represent to me the Winter Solstice based on their shadows and light found in serene, natural places around the world. To see more of my photographs please visit www.JacquelineLaRocca.com
In 2011, I visited the West coast of Ireland for the first time. I was awestruck by the enchanting scenery of ancient stone walls, Norman castles, and miles of unspoiled landscapes. Below are canvas wrap photos of some of my favorite places.
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“Reconciliation” is a photograph of the Richmond Slavery Reconciliation sculpture which is located in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. From the 1700’s to 1865, this area served as the second largest slave trading center in the country. Artist Stephen Broadbent created this bronze sculpture which portrays two people melded in an embrace. The sculpture stands nearby Richmond’s former slave market in Shockoe Bottom.
A framed photograph of “Reconciliation” is available for purchase here: