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Llandogo, Monmouthshire, Wales

This evening, I am posting information on the village of Llandogo which is located in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Llandogo is built on hillside terraces in the Wye Valley overlooking the River Wye and across into the Forest of Dean. Population is about 550.

Location is between Chepstow and Monmouth, just two miles from the tourist attraction of Tintern Abbey.

There is a pub, shop and B&Bs.

A waterfall, Cleddon Falls, feeds into the River Wye.

Hikers are attracted by the nearby Wye Valley Walk and Offa’s Dyke Path.

Llandogo rose to prominence as a port because it was the highest point on the (tidal) River Wye that large boats could reach. Before advent of the railway, the River Wye was a busy commercial thoroughfare used by flat-bottomed boats known as trows, many of which were actually built at Llandogo.

Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the popular seaside village of Anstruther which is located in the East Neuk of Fife in the east of Scotland, about 10 miles south of St. Andrews and directly opposite North Berwick across the Firth of Forth in East Lothian.

The scenic Fife Coast with its many quaint fishing villages is popular with visitors. Here can also be found Lower Largo, Earlsferry, Elie, St. Monans, Pittenweem and Crail.

Attractions at Anstruther include:

  • Shops and eateries including the famous Anstruther Fish Bar ( Fish and Chop shop).
  • Harbour with marina and base for fishing boats.
  • Fisheries Museum.
  • Nine hole links golf course.
  • Small sandy beach.

Other facts and information:

  • Population is about 3,500.
  • Parish Church dates from 1634.
  • Name is derived from the Old English term for marshy piece of land.

Whenever possible I include Anstruther in a tour of the Fife Coast, usually en-route between Edinburgh and St. Andrews.

Anstruther Shore Street, Fife, Scotland

Heron at Anstruther Harbour, Fife, Scotland

Anstruther Harbour, Fife, Scotland

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Scotland

Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife, Scotland

Sandy Beach at Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

Tour Group at Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

Anstruther Harbour and Church, Scotland

Anstruther, Fife, Scotland

Anstruther, Fife, Scotlland

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This morning I visited an important example of Glasgow’s architectural heritage as manifested in Millbrae Crescent, Langside.

Millbrae Crescent, which dates from 1876-1877, is associated with famous Glaswegian architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-1875) who is acknowledged by many as the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow and perhaps the greatest mind in Scottish Architecture. He acquired the nickname ‘Greek’ because of his belief that the architecture of the ancient Greeks could be the basis of modern architecture. However, Thomson never actually visited Greece and seldom left Glasgow.

There remain about twenty-four examples of Thomson’s work in Glasgow of which Millbrae Crescent is one. This was one of several jobs completed after Thomson’s death by his last partner, Robert Turnbull. However, the flair and elegance in combining the style of rustic villas with the sublime urbanity of the terrace suggest Millbrae Crescent was the work of Thomson.

Video clip of Millbrae Crescent