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St Giles' Cathedral

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  • Day2

    Parlament square

    June 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    The building is no Parlament anymore. It's no Supreme Court

    Kirk pillars inside are build in 11th
    John nots changed to protestants and changed education reform. Over 50% alphabets in 15th.
    John is barred under the parking lot, because he dedicated his life to the St Giles' Cathedral

    The statue is not clear, it says Charles the 2. But he didn't look like thisRead more

  • Day7

    Finally, into the haunted vaults!

    May 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Edinburgh is known as one of the most haunted cities in the world, so what better to do than go on a ghost tour! On an already packed day, we booked the last ghost/ city vault tour of the night at 9:30pm. There are so many to choose from, but we went with the recommendation of the concierge at the hotel and the meeting spot was right around the corner, yay! The tour was a little campy, but was full of history, good stories, and a pint of ale at the end! One would think that if you book the last tour of the night you’d get the scary tour, but we got the family friendly tour. Probably a good thing as the girls were scared a couple of times during story time in the vault!

    During a story in the vault we kept picking on Taylor, blowing in her ear or softly tugging on her hair. She was already a little freaked out and frustrated that we were picking on her and as we started to funnel out of one room into another through a very small doorway, an older gentleman accidentally bumped into her. She thought it was us and she’d had enough. She turned around and sternly told us, “Don’t touch me again or I’ll punch you”! The only problem was when she turned to say this she said it to this older gentleman and not directly to us! The older gentlemen gasped and said, “Oh my, I am so sorry I didn’t mean to touch you!” Taylor was apologetic and taken aback as she meant this for us, not him and she apologized . KK started dying laughing, and a lady behind the older gentleman turned immediately and pointed at her husband and said, “same goes for you!” Everyone had a good laugh and the tension eased a little bit.
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  • Day21

    Harry, Mary, Vaults and Graveyard

    November 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    It figures that it would take me three weeks to actually go on a Harry Potter tour. I did love it though. The group learned that J.K. Rowling, as expected, used much of Edinburgh as the inspiration behind the books. What I didn't know was how ingrained mythology was in Scottish culture, as well as how the unicorn is the country's animal, much like the bald eagle is our "mascot" if you will. I even managed to show off my nerd knowledge by answering a few of the questions posed to the group. We learned the dark past of Scotland and witches, and then saw a few graves that the infamous Rowling got many names from for her books. The only downside being all the places I want to check out because of the tour. From there, especially with it only being five, although it was already dark, I decided to go on a tour of Mary King's Close. Not far down the Royal Mile, the main hub of tourism (and technically one and one eighth mile), I walked right in and got literally the last slot for the final tour of the day. Thank goodness, because although I was planning on taking tomorrow off, that may be the day I head to Sterling Castle and to see the William Wallace monument; although I'll have to see where my energy levels are before taking off. On the tour they walk you through history, taking us in your preserved rooms, telling us the gory stories behind death, the plague, and beheadings. Understandably, we were not permitted to take photos, as that area is now beneath a government building; part of the rich story that was told to us. As a true glutton for punishment, right after walking out of my third tour of the day, I immediately walked across the street to "The City of the Dead" tour. This takes you to the normally locked section of Greyfriers Graveyard, with a shocking amount of accounts of hauntings and mysterious happenings, as well as to the underground vaults beneath the city which were originally intended to be a market. Wisely, I decided to pop in to a local pub and grab some food with the half hour between my guided trips. Getting the only thing with vegetables available, a pizza (go figure), I was on my way. I checked in early, with my highly sardonic guide, and waited until everyone else showed up. I didn't have to wait long. Promptly at half seven (7:30) we were walking (yes, more walking) to our first destination; the vaults. Thank goodness he ttold that there would be no one in a mask popping out from around any corners. Giving us historically accurate representation, while giving us a spooky story, and also making us all laugh was interesting to behold. Our docent for the evening gave they why of how the vaults came to be, and moved seamlessly in to the tales that have given so many a fright, even including some of his personal experiences with other groups. In one chamber, and with plenty yarn being woven, he plunged the gathering in to complete darkness. Listening to the sounds of those above us, cars driving, people walking, and the deeper sounds of someone rustling their jacket, shifting from one foot to the other, all of us waiting for a ghost from the story to whisper in your ear or poke and prod you... waiting, in darkness, totally blind to even the hand in front of your face. Well we all had a good jump scare, and then laugh, when he turned on his flashlight and said loudly "Nope, nothing there." Once we had made our way down the slippery slope of the old tiled walkways, and in to the fresh air, we were moving again. Although it was the third trip to the graveyard in the same day, they each had a different story to be told; a testament to the history this city has. Part of this exhibition is learning the history that made these events come to pass, and why these poltergeists might haunt the areas that we're told they do. Assuredly quite a fun way to learn history, going over kings, religion, wars, invasion, and persecution. Once you've gotten the backstory, the gate is unlocked, and you're lead inside "Covenanters Prison" which was, and not to be too dark, what is known as the first concentration camp. Given more story, once again being more on the morbid side of things, we were then taken to the location dubbed tastefully as "the black mosuleum." It is said that this is not only the place where most 'encounters' happen, as well as the possible site of a mass grave might be. Now, there is a funny thing about certain architecture with a curved sort of roof, that if someone is speaking in the front, and you stand in the back right in the center, it sounds like there's a speaker system directing the voice of whomever is speaking right around you. That is NOT the type of position you want to be in when someone with a mask pops in to give you a fright, and the voice protects itself to feel as if the wind is at your back, with someone looming behind you, ready to snatch a hold. So it was quite a the moment of trepidation, but at least I wasn't alone, and we all got a good laugh from that too. After calling our chaperone a liar, he was quick to point out that he said there wouldn't be anyone in a mask inside the vaults; well, you got me there. Much too soon, the tour was at an end, and I may not have gotten any photos (much too dark, literally) but it was highly amusing. There are some things that I have heard many times, and from multiple people, but the way this story was laid out was probably my favorite. Things were in my favor too, because the end of the tour was just up the hill from my lodging. Getting back just after 10, I realized I had been out and about for roughly twelve hours, and walking most of that time. My feet were aching, my legs about to give out, and I couldn't be happier about it. Here's to having fingers crossed, after a long night's sleep, that I can do it all again tomorrow.Read more

  • Day20

    St. Gilles Cathedral

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Tolle Kirche, sehr beeindruckend!

    Ann: Hier gibt es den bekannten Diestelorden. Es gehören ihm 16 Personen an, sowie die Queen, Prinzessin Anne und Prinz William. 14 Personen sind Schotten und zwei Briten. Ausländer dürfen nicht Mitglied werden, einzig ein Norweger wurde seit 250 Jahren aufgenommen. Warum weiss ich aber nicht.
    Jahrestag ist der 30.11. da treffen sich alle hier in der Kirche. Tolles geschnitztes Kirchengestühl.
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  • Day9

    St. Giles Cathedral

    October 5, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Die St Giles' Cathedral steht im Herzen von Old Town Edinburgh.
    Der Anblick von außen ist schon ausgesprochen imposant.
    Ein Besuch lohnt sich auf jeden Fall, sehenswert auch die "Thistle Chapel" in der
    Kathedrale selbst.

    Der Eintritt ist gratis, nur wer innen fotografieren möchte zahlt 2 Pfund.

  • Day12

    Edinburgh - exploring

    August 12, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Arrived in Edinburgh and found my hostel (pic 1), wandered around, up and down the Golden Mile (super packed with Fringe festival stuff), checked out Scottish parliament (very interesting building, pic 2), and climbed the hill to Arthur's Seat (amazing views, pic 3, even a little sunshine!).

    Dinner was traditional haggis, neeps (mashed turnips - why don't we do this at home?), and tatties (mashed potato) from The Last Drop (the best haggis in town according to the internet, pic 4). As a first time haggis experience, it was good! The best I could think of to describe it is the consistency of mashed potato with couscous mixed in, and the flavour of Bisto gravy / BBQ steak and onions.

    Finished the day with some free stand up comedy shows and street music (part of Fringe, pic 6). All up a great first day!

    There's a lot of bustle and activity (likely due to Fringe) but Edinburgh already feels like a more relaxed place than London. My hostel is also much closer this time. Lots of beautiful old buildings.
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  • Day5

    Royals, Palaces, Paparazzi, and Parties

    July 3, 2012 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    Queen Elizabeth II visited Edinburgh for an invitation only Garden Party held at her summer home, Holyrood Palace, as part of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration. A good time was had by all and we were totally exhausted as we left the festivities! :)

  • Day14

    Edinburgh - economist bonus

    August 14, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    There's a big statue of Adam Smith, "the father of modern economics" on the main tourist street. I didn't know he was Scottish! Here he is looming over me at night, reminding me of exams.

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