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Edinburgh Castle

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  • Day4

    To the battlements!

    August 19 in the United Kingdom

    Today, we conquered Edinburgh Castle, from the inside this time. Our local guide, Rita, had many fascinating stories, such as describing how the Scottish Crown Jewels were buried in a cellar under the tower to hide them from Hitler, should he invade. We walked the streets of the Old Town, where the buildings might have eight floors, with the poor people in the bottom, wealthy above, but all sharing the same entrance door.Read more

  • Day38

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    September 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Blue skies again in Edinburgh. Walked to the Royal Yacht Britannia and had a lovely couple of hours wandering around the ship. The ship was decommissioned in 1997, after 43 years service. It was nice to see the less formal furnishings on the ship. The Royal family definitely must have relaxed aboard the ship as seen in the many family photos displayed. After having luncheon in the tea room we went by bus to the city to take some time out walking around the gardens.
    We walked through Princes Street Gardens then went over Dean Bridge hoping to walk along the Leith River or Dean Gardens. There was no access to these parks or Queens Park unless you lived in the catchment area and paid £115 a year for a key to unlock the gates.
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  • Day8

    Edinburgh Tatoo

    August 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Spectacular is a bit of an understatement for this fabulous event. Now in its 68th year, we joined 8000 people to watch more than 1200 pipe and drum band members, dancers and musicians from around the globe strut their stuff on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade. By comparison, the first Tattoo attracted a total 6000 spectators. It had poured during the day and we'd half expected the performance to be cancelled. Amazingly the skies cleared and the moon shone through. In fact not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled! The castle walls provided the perfect backdrop for the amazing projections that added to the splendour of the performances. A truly magical experience.Read more

  • Day10

    Edinburgh castle

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Made it to the castle. It was a wet but sunny day and lots of tourists. Pretty amazing site which they have dated back to 600 AD or so. The earliest parts of the castle date from the 1100's with much of it having been restored several times through the centuries after being destroyed.

  • Day10

    Edinburgh Castle - War Memorial

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Scottish coat of arms, interesting statues in front of the war memorial. No photos allowed in the memorial. It contains sections and books which list all the Scotts who were lost in battle. A nice memorial and remembrance for the Scottish people. https://www.snwm.org/

  • Day10

    Edinburgh - Final Thoughts

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    I'm happy I made the journey to Scotland. There was much to see and much history to learn. I just touched the tip of the iceberg. Once I finished at the castle I road a couple of the tour buses just to see more of the town and hear the history. Pretty interesting and something for others to explore. Once I was done it was off to the guest house to retrieve my bags then off to the airport for my journey to London and then flying back home to Seattle on Monday. It has been a fun experience and I hope that someday I can journey here again to explore further.Read more

  • Day45

    Edinburgh Military Tattoo

    August 17, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We have always wanted to watch the Tattoo after watching it on TV for years and years (usually around Christmas time) so when we were planning this trip we booked our tickets about 8 months ago. To make it a little special we thought we would splurge a little and have the Amber package which included a 4 course meal plus good seats to watch the Tattoo. However, when Brad booked it with the travel agent he did not realise there was the standard Amber package and there was the super duper Amber package which had all this plus a souvenir plus wine, plus whisky, plus a seat in the Royal box for the best views for the performance (...plus extra $). Anyway, what was done, was done, and I must say it was worth every cent.

    So we had to get dressed in our glad rags because we were sitting in the Royal box and you never know who we might be sitting next to. (Actually, Prince William and Kate were in Edinburgh the previous day and guests at the place we were staying at saw them in town). The meal we had was excellent and we were then escorted to our seats where we were even provided with a blanket. The weather was fine which was a bonus because it has been raining a lot this summer.

    The performance itself was excellent, the precision marching, drummers and bagpipes, Highland dancers plus special performances from India and Japan and representations of all the Scottish Clans and a reenactment of the Jacobite Rebellion . The time went so quickly that we were sorry it was over. I'm sure the photos do not do it justice. I would certainly recommend this to anyone.
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  • Day2

    Day 2: Edinburgh, Scotland

    July 8, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    After sleeping for 11 hours, we got up and made breakfast and got out the door around 9 to make our way up the Royal Mile (a rather kitchy, but essential part of any Edinburgh visit). It's the original high street with lots of old buildings and closes and cobblestone streets. It starts with the Edinburgh Castle on top overlooking the city all the way down to Holyrood Palace where the royals stay when in town (and the queen and Her Majesty's hubby were in residence- so we couldn't tour it). We arrived at the castle with our pre-bought tickets (the line was insane- internet people!) and walked straight through. The castle has been built on for centuries starting as a fort in the first century and slowly built on with a great hall and an 18th century residence and other museums and such. It was a really interesting place with a great military museum and a rich history. Eventually we had enough of that and found our way to The Elephant House cafe where JK Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. I was expecting a bunch of nerdy Harry Potter fans, but I think everyone was trying to be like me and pretend you didn't know where you were. We had a nice coffee and salted caramel brownie in the back room where she wrote her books with a great view of the castle (no doubt Hogwarts inspiration). After that we walked about the royal mile, chatted with shop owners, and found side streets to get lost in. We eventually made it to the new Scottish Parliment Building that's quite possibly the ugliest building I've ever seen (it cost 450 million pounds to build- 400 over budget and may be torn down soon because it's too expensive to maintain apparently) and then across the street to Holyrood Palace to catch a little glimpse at the gate. We walked to our flat for a rest and then walked some more down Queens Street (a major shopping area) around the back of the castle to The Beehive Inn for some pub grub. After walking so much is was perfect to sit in an authentic pub with rowdy people yelling at Wimbledon and eat a Steak and Ale Pie with mash. The side rooms with their deep tweed chairs and fireplaces was just the right vibe. We meandered back down the windy hilly streets back to our flat to make a decaf and eat some coconut ice cream with the BBC news before we hit the sack.Read more

  • Day2

    Edinburgh - Tag Zwei

    December 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute Morgen war ich schon wieder recht früh unterwegs. Vorteil, die meisten Touri‘s sitzen noch beim Frühstück und die Straßen sind noch leer.
    Harry Potter war heute immer mal wieder Thema. Das Cafe „The Elephant House“ wirbt damit, seine Geburtsstätte zu sein. Joanne K. Rowling soll dort viele Stunden gesessen haben und an ihren Romanen geschrieben haben. Aus dem hinteren Teil hat man einen Blick auf das Castle und den Greyfriars Kirkyard. Letzterer ist ein sehr alter Friedhof mitten in der Stadt. Man findet dort Gräber die 200 Jahre und älter sind. Ich war dort, als es schon fast dunkel war. Sehr mystisch..., Joanne K. Rowling soll sich bei der Namensfindung ihrer Romanfiguren auf diesem Friedhof „bedient“ haben. Natürlich gibt auch ein Geschäft mit jeder Menge Harry Potter Souvenirs, inclusive Zauberstäben und einen Nimbus 2001 kann man für 350£ kaufen. Das ist der fliegende Besen, nur leider fliegt dieser nicht.
    Ich habe dem Castle einen Besuch abgestattet. Außer einem tollen Blick auf die Stadt, gibt es dort jede Menge Museen.Man kann die schottischen Kronjuwelen bestaunen (völlig unspektakulär), dort steht das älteste erhaltene Gebäude der Stadt, eine kleine Kirche aus dem 13.Jahrhundert und man kann einen Ausflug nach Kanada machen. Wie das?
    Ein Teil von Edinburgh Castle gehört zu Kanada. Schon 1624 bot König Jakob I., der auch König von England war, seinen loyalen Großgrundbesitzern eine Reihe von Grundbesitzen in der neuen Welt an, der König war in ständiger Geldnot. Diese Landzuteilungen mussten aber auf kanadischem Boden erfolgen. Um die Voraussetzungen für den Empfang von Kronland zu erfüllen, sollte der Empfänger auf seinem Grundstück stehen und dem König Treue schwören. Die Entfernung erforderte etwas Kreativität und so erklärten der damalige König einen Teil von Edinburgh Castle zu Kanada, damit die potenziellen Landbesitzer auf diesem stehen und ihre Treue erklären können, ohne die mühevolle Überfahrt auf sich nehmen zu müßen.
    „One O’Clock Gun“ wird Montag bis Samstag um Punkt 13 Uhr auf dem Edinburgh Castle abgefeuert. Ein Kanonenschuss, der aus der Zeit der Seefahrer stammt. Die Segelschiffe brauchten eine exakte Zeitvorgabe um ihre Chronometer zu justieren.
    Witzig war dabei, dass man vor Menschen keine Kanone gesehen hat, nur Menschen, die Handy‘s und Kamera‘s in die Luft hielten, um ja auch ein Foto von dem Spektakel zu erhalten. Es hat kurz BUM gemacht, es gab ganz viel Rauch ... und ich habe kein Foto davon, aber von den lustigen Menschen.
    Dann habe ich noch Bobby getroffen, na gut seine Statue. Bobby war eine treue Seele von Hund, der nach dem Tod seines Herrchens 14 Jahre sein Grab „bewachte“, es nur zum Fressen verlassen hat, bis er selber starb.
    Wenn man die Nase von Bobby berührt, hat das zur Folge, dass man an diesen Ort (Edinburgh) zurückkommt.
    Wir werden sehen, ob das stimmt.
    Ich habe eine Free Walking Tour über die Royal Mile mitgemacht. Ganz viel über die Entstehung der Stadt und das Leben im Mittelalter gab es zu erfahren.
    Zum Abschluss des Tages dann der Fackelzug über die Royal Mile. 30000 Menschen mit Fackeln ziehen die 1,8 Kilometer entlang. Wie eine Feuerschlange sieht das aus. Wenn man möchte, kann man für kleines Geld (12£) selbst mitlaufen. Ich wollte aber gucken und keine Fackel spazieren tragen. Den Abschluss des Zuges bildet dann ein Feuerwerk, ein kleines, am Holyrood Palace. Die Royal Mile führt vom Castle zum Holyrood Palace.
    Das Feuerwerk war schon mal eine Übung für morgen Nacht...
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  • Day20

    Edinburgh Castle

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    13:00 Uhr, Ein-Uhr-Kanone pünktlich abgefeuert, unser Castle No. 19

    Ann: sehr beeindruckend, gross und soooo viele Menschen. Nach der ganzen Natur und Einsamkeit doch ein leichter Kulturschock. ABER... ich habe die Schottischen Kronjuwelen gesehen und bin ganz happy. Die Krone und auch das Schwert sind immer noch in gebrauch. Einmal im Jahr kommt die Queen nach Edinburgh und schlägt anerkannte Persönlichkeiten zum Ritter oder zur Dame. Übrigens wurde hier nie ein König/Königin gekrönt, die Krönungen fanden immer in Sterling statt.Read more

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