Being a little bit obsessed with Historic Scotland, and being supremely paranoid about a few visa issues currently taking place in my life, I'm trying to focus on all that I'm going to do once I'm there. ONCE I'm there...with my visa... and my passport....etc.
One of those things will perhaps be my birthday present to myself-- a trip to the newly re-opened, refurbished Stirling Castle, set to reopen in Renaissance splendor Easter 2011.
I love everything about all that's going on to preserve Stirling and return/recreate all the beauty that went into James V's palace that has been lost over the years. I love how many artists the project is employing. Wood carvers, tapestry makers (it takes 10 years to weave a tapestry?!) I love that there once was a time when we put that much effort into the details of architecture and design in a way that we simply just don't do anymore. (Sure, it's not functionally necessary in our busy lives of work work hurry getting achieving doing, but I still miss it. And there's no awe or majesty for me in big empty box buildings.)