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  • Day95

    Edinburgh Scotland

    August 11 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland (although Glasgow is bigger by population). It's population is 527K making it similar to Genoa by population and between Riga (641K) and Tallinn (449K), to give some comparisons.

    It has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century. As of a 1999 election the Scottish Parliament moved back to Edinburgh from London, solidifying its self rule.

    Emily and Dave were blown away by the architecture of Edinburgh. It's mostly monochromatic "yellow gray" facades are very beautiful. This was exemplified by St. Mary's Cathedral, which was just down the street from us. We've seen some beautiful cathedrals in our travels, but this one was very different. It's not as intricate, per se, as Florence's or Siena's Cathedral, but it's (again) "yellow gray" bricks were beautiful. We could stop taking pictures of it under different times of day.

    The cuisine was interesting. We tried the obvious favorites of Fish and chips, the "Full Scottish Breakfast," which included Haggis, and lastly some Scotch. Besides the "FSB," the workday takeaway breakfast of choice seems to be the Breakfast Roll (we also saw it called the Morning Roll). It's really nothing more than a vet narrowly defined Breakfast sandwich. The bread is always a fairly big roll (cut in half and buttered). It is filled with eggs and/or sausage and/or haggis and/or a hashbrown. I say "and/or," because you pay per item. Although one item is included, which I assume would be reserved for the egg. Interestingly, cheese was NEVER an available topping. Not one single time we saw it on the menu.
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    John Emerson

    Looks Yummy.

    Fred Du Buron

    your Mom is going to love this

    Fred Du Buron

    amazing against this sky

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  • Day31

    Edinburgh

    August 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Goedemorgen!

    Vandaag staat de reis naar Edinburgh op de planning.
    Een reis waar ik ongeveer 4 uur over zal doen.

    Edinburgh is een plaats waar ik het meest aantal dagen van mijn vakantie zal verblijven.
    Ik ben dan ook erg enthousiast voor deze stop.

    Uit het station kom ik direct op een lange trap aan richting mijn hostel. Na 4 uur stilzitten kan wat lichaamsbeweging geen kwaad!

    Onderweg naar mijn hostel wordt ik overrompeld door mensen welke flyers uitdelen. Daarnaast is het erg druk in de stad.
    Wat blijkt, ik Edinburgh vindt zich jaarlijks een van de grooste festivals plaats. Wist ik veel?!

    Aangekomen in mijn hostel leg ik mijn tas op de kamer en ga ik de stad in.

    Vanmiddag loop ik voornamelijk puur doelloos door de stad. Mijn ogen uitkijkend. Edinburgh is een prachtige stad.
    Tussendoor stop ik nog een stuk of twintig keer om te gluren wat een straatartiest nu weer aan het opvoeren is.

    Vanavond haal ik fish and chips af. (Ik mis groente!!)
    Deze zijn helaas niet te eten en na vier happen gegeten te hebben geef ik het eten weg aan een dakloze. Hier wilde meneer vreemd genoeg voor betalen haha

    Iets wat mij opvalt is dat er in de UK overal veel dakloze zijn.

    Na gegeten te hebben ga ik naar een begraafplaats. Deze zit direct naast mijn hostel.
    Iets vreemds, mensen gebruiken deze begraafplaats als park.
    Bizar als je het mij vraagt.

    Om 20:00 ga ik terug naar het hostel om mij vervolgens klaar te maken voor de nacht
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    Ria Van Der laan

    zal je hier niet meemaken volgens mijn dat een dakloze wil betalen. wel grappig.

    Ria Van Der laan

    super leuk die straatjes

    Ria Van Der laan

    ik denk dat de mensen daar lekker zitten voor de rust .

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  • Day7

    Variációk egy zsiráfra (1)

    August 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Eddig ők a kedvenceim. A fesztiválon mindig más állat a szimbólum, idén a zsiráf nyert. Mindenféle szervezet, művész üzen általuk: fogyassz helyi zöldséget, olvasd el a Pán Pétert, nézd meg a helyi buszosok ruháját stb.Read more

  • Day34

    Edinburgh

    August 13 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Goedemorgen!
    Vandaag is dag 4 in Edinburgh

    Vandaag besluit in een lui dagje te hebben.
    Het zal vandaag waarschijnlijk de laatste dag met mooi weer zijn voor mijn vakantie, dus ik besluit het er van te nemen.

    Ik koop ontbijt en ga in een parkje recht naast Arthurs seat zitten. Hier chill en lees ik vrijwel de gehele ochtend een begin middag.
    Het is heerlijk weer, dus dit is zeker geen straf.

    Vervolgens besluit ik om wat te gaan shoppen, hier koop ik niets (ik vind dat ik het erg goed doe met geen kleding kopen!), maat het is wel heerlijk om even in stilte kleding winkels door te struinen en kleding te passen.

    Ik drink nog een “medium” cappuccino voordat ik naar het hostel ga om een dutje te doen.
    Van het dutje komt helaas niets.

    Op mijn kamer ontmoet ik Keely en zij nodigt mij om vanavond drankjes te doen. Hier zeg ik natuurlijk geen nee tegen.
    Samen met Keely (uit Australië) en Jose (uit chili) lopen we door de stad om wat te drinken.

    Layer op de avond gaan we nog naar een cabaret show, welke erg grappig was.

    We drinken nog wat in een ondergrondse bar. Dit was erg bijzonder. Er wordt opnieuw beweert dat dit een van de meest haunted bars in europa is.

    Om 01:00 gaan we eindelijk avond eten, en natuurlijk staat er döner op het progamma. We drinken nog wat en besluiten om 03:00 terug te keren naar het hostel.
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  • Day33

    Edinburgh

    August 12 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Goedemorgen!
    Vandaag is dag 3 in Edinburgh

    Vandaag begin in mijn dag in een museum.
    Ik ga opnieuw naar het National museum of Scotland. Ditmaal om een betaalde exhibitie te zien over anatomie. Het gaat hier voornamelijk om de geschiedenis van anatomie en chirurgie
    Foto’s waren hier helaas verboden.

    Na wat door de stad rind gelopen te hebben ga ik naar armchair books. Een oude tweedehands boekwinkel. Ziet het er niet schattig uit?

    Na hier een poosje rondgesnuffeld te hebben ga ik richting circus lane, een bekend straatje hier wat absoluut schattig is, vervolgens ga loop ik door een parkje naar dean village. Een super schattige dorp.
    Hier verdwaal ik wat rondt en zie ik de omgeving.

    Daarna ga ik weer terug richting het centrum. Hier zie ik Hilda en Angelique weer, we volgen samen een ghosttour. De tour guide deed bet erg leuk en we hebben ons erg vermaakt.

    Na de tour besluiten we om naar een show te gaan. Vanavond gaan we naar een dragshow. Deze was erg komisch.
    Je hoeft hier alleen absoluut niet verlegen te zijn om naakt.

    Na de show doen we nog een paar drankjes en kletsen we samen wat.
    Om 01:30 keer ik terug naar het hostel.
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    Ria Van Der laan

    wat een leuk en gezellig straatje

    Ria Van Der laan

    zo huisje wil ik ook wel

    Ria Van Der laan

    mooi

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  • Day5

    Edinburgh

    April 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    We were able to visit the National Museum of Scotland with Kelley and Paul today and found it to be a gem!
    Along the way we discovered the Greyfriars Kirkyard cemetery. This location is famous for having been founded in 1561 and for Greyfriars Bobby, a loyal dog who is reported to have guarded his master's grave for 14 years.
    The museum reminded me of a wee Museum of Natural History that I used to visit in NYC as a kid. Packed with nature, history, Egyptian artifacts and mechanical works. Much too much for one day.
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  • Day93

    Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

    August 9 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST ATTRACTION STILL STANDS PROUD ABOVE ITS CAPITAL CITY 900 YEARS AFTER ITS INCEPTION

    It’s estimated there were once around 3,000 castles in Scotland but one stands head and shoulders above the rest: Edinburgh Castle’s history is marked by violence, political and religious intrigue, and the rise and fall of monarchs.

    Nevertheless, today, Edinburgh’s iconic fortress is the country’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. Inside you can view some of the nation’s most treasured possessions, including the Honours of Scotland, or Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

    THE ORIGINS OF EDINBURGH CASTLE

    Sitting atop an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle offers an excellent vantage point across the city. It was a natural site for a building that combined defence, control and honour.

    ATTACKS ON EDINBURGH CASTLE

    As a military stronghold and the most prestigious building in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh Castle was captured and recaptured many times. In fact, it’s been besieged more than any other place in Britain, with 23 recorded attempts to ‘capture the castle’. Taking the castle wasn’t just a tactical coup for Scotland’s enemies but a blow to the morale of the Scots. Violent tensions, often between England and Scotland, are now consigned to the history books but conflicts were brutal and unforgiving.

    Captured in 1296 by England’s King Edward I, the Scots reclaimed it with a night attack in 1314. The English successfully attacked again in 1335 before, in 1341, Scots disguised as merchants took it back. Cromwell’s forces occupied the castle in 1650. At one point it was even handed over to the English as a ransom payment. It was captured twice by Covenanters in the 17th century, fighting against King Charles I’s imposition of Episcopacy. Bloody battles ensued with the Jacobites in the 18th century.

    SCOTLAND’S CROWN JEWELS

    Scotland’s Crown Jewels, or the Honours of Scotland, are on display in the Crown Room. These include a sceptre presented to King James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494; a sword, gifted in 1507 by Pope Julius II; and the crown, which was first worn for the coronation of Mary of Guise in 1540.

    As potent symbols of the Scottish monarchy, protecting the jewels was paramount. In the 1650s, the Honours were whisked to Dunnottar Castle, in the northeast of Scotland, then onto the small village of Kinneff, to evade Cromwell’s Parliamentarian Army.

    After the Union of England and Scotland in 1707, they were locked away and not seen again until 1818. During WWII the Honours of Scotland were tucked away below a medieval latrine closet in case of Nazi invasion.

    Another key attraction is the Stone of Destiny. Present at the coronation of Scottish monarchs for centuries, the stone – while unassuming to look at – is powerfully symbolic. In 1296, King Edward I of England removed the stone from Scone Palace in Perthshire and had it built into his own throne at Westminster Abbey.

    On Christmas Day in 1950, four Scottish students managed to steal the stone. Its disappearance caused uproar and its location was a mystery until it was found, draped in The Saltire, outside Arbroath Abbey in 1951. This was no random drop off point but the site where the Declaration of Arbroath – in which Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England – was written in 1320. The stone was returned to London until, in 1996, it was given back to Scotland. It will only leave the country again for a coronation at Westminster ’s Abbey in London.

    The oldest existing part of the castle – which is also Edinburgh’s most antiquated building – is St Margaret’s Chapel, which dates from the 12th century.

    The chapel was built by King David I to commemorate his mother, Queen Margaret (later St Margaret).

    In time, King David II added David’s Tower, which was residential and defensive in design. The grand Great Hall was the work of King James IV. Its key feature is a wooden roof with beams resting on stones engraved with symbols of Scotland and its monarchs. Today its walls glisten with an impressive display of swords, shields, suits of armour and weaponry.

    ATTACKS ON EDINBURGH CASTLE

    As a military stronghold and the most prestigious building in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh Castle was captured and recaptured many times. In fact, it’s been besieged more than any other place in Britain, with 23 recorded attempts to ‘capture the castle’. Taking the castle wasn’t just a tactical coup for Scotland’s enemies but a blow to the morale of the Scots. Violent tensions, often between England and Scotland, are now consigned to the history books but conflicts were brutal and unforgiving.

    Captured in 1296 by England’s King Edward I, the Scots reclaimed it with a night attack in 1314. The English successfully attacked again in 1335 before, in 1341, Scots disguised as merchants took it back. Cromwell’s forces occupied the castle in 1650. At one point it was even handed over to the English as a ransom payment. It was captured twice by Covenanters in the 17th century, fighting against King Charles I’s imposition of Episcopacy. Bloody battles ensued with the Jacobites in the 18th century.

    THE ASCENT OF KING JAMES VI

    As a thriving tourist attraction today, the Royal Palace within Edinburgh Castle is a big draw as it was the home of Scotland’s kings and queens. A highlight is a small room where events unfolded that changed British history. In 1566 the birth chamber saw the arrival of a little boy, son of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was made King James VI of Scotland just a year later.

    Mary, Queen of Scots’ strained relations with England led her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, to sign her death warrant. When Queen Elizabeth I died without issue, the bloodlines led back to Mary’s son James. In 1603 the crowns of England and Scotland were united and James VI of Scotland also became King James I of England and Ireland.

    In 1617 King James I returned to Edinburgh Castle to celebrate his Golden Jubilee. His birth chamber was redecorated for the occasion: it’s still possible to see the gilded decoration.

    SCOTLAND’S CROWN JEWELS

    Scotland’s Crown Jewels, or the Honours of Scotland, are on display in the Crown Room. These include a sceptre presented to King James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494; a sword, gifted in 1507 by Pope Julius II; and the crown, which was first worn for the coronation of Mary of Guise in 1540.

    As potent symbols of the Scottish monarchy, protecting the jewels was paramount. In the 1650s, the Honours were whisked to Dunnottar Castle, in the northeast of Scotland, then onto the small village of Kinneff, to evade Cromwell’s Parliamentarian Army.

    After the Union of England and Scotland in 1707, they were locked away and not seen again until 1818. During WWII the Honours of Scotland were tucked away below a medieval latrine closet in case of Nazi invasion.

    Another key attraction is the Stone of Destiny. Present at the coronation of Scottish monarchs for centuries, the stone – while unassuming to look at – is powerfully symbolic. In 1296, King Edward I of England removed the stone from Scone Palace in Perthshire and had it built into his own throne at Westminster Abbey.

    On Christmas Day in 1950, four Scottish students managed to steal the stone. Its disappearance caused uproar and its location was a mystery until it was found, draped in The Saltire, outside Arbroath Abbey in 1951. This was no random drop off point but the site where the Declaration of Arbroath – in which Scotland’s nobles swore their independence from England – was written in 1320. The stone was returned to London until, in 1996, it was given back to Scotland. It will only leave the country again for a coronation in london.

    EDINBURGH’S MILITARY LINKS

    Edinburgh Castle’s colourful military past has created other poignant sites on the sprawling complex, which adds a brutal reality to the tales of invasion, duplicity and heroics. The National War Museum of Scotland first opened in 1933 and covers 400 years of conflict. The Prisons of War exhibition tells of the inmates who languished in the castle, from pirates captured off Argyll to a five-year-old drummer boy from the Battle of Trafalgar.

    The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards still have a small military garrison at the castle, but it’s the National War Memorial that often stops people in their tracks. It opened in 1927, when the architect Sir Robert Lorimer and 200 Scottish artists and craftsmen first created a Hall of Honour and Shrine, which features delicate stained glass and sculptures dedicated to Scotland’s lost generations and the names of the fallen on the Rolls of Honour.

    THE ONE O’ CLOCK GUN

    One of the greatest appeals of Edinburgh Castle is that it’s still part of the city’s daily life. The firing of the One O’Clock Gun, which once allowed ships in the Firth of Forth to set their maritime clocks, still marks time in ‘Auld Reekie’. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and summer concerts are also huge draws.

    And the biggest party of the year is, of course, Hogmanay, where new year celebrations see fireworks light up the skies, musicians performing and revellers partying as the nation – and the whole world – celebrate with the people of Edinburgh and its mighty castle.
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    John Emerson

    Awesome castle. Amazing how well the structures survive over 100 s of years

    EDuBu

    it is, especially seeing this castle has seen 23 seiges, one of the most conflict ridden castles in the world.

    Debbie Du Buron

    I'm hooked on Scotland

    EDuBu

    very easy to be, it is beautiful thus far

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  • Day3

    Dark History Tour

    April 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    Don't worry, Éowyn had headphones on and listened to the Encanto soundtrack. We had the BEST guide, Jenn, and she led a group sing along of We Don't Talk About Bruno down the walkway to the Royal Mile.

    We learned about body snatching, the witch hunts in Scotland, a vampire, Mary Queen of Scots, Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, hangings, and a little bit about Adam Smith, the first philosopher to talk about capitalism.

    Éowyn was used to demonstrate why children rarely had to worry about body snatching - not enough bang for your buck.

    Willow and Jenn really hit it off and spent most of the time between locations chatting.

    Willow got to put Sean's thumbs to the screws to see if he would confess to being a witch.
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    Our Grand Tour

    Yes, that's Abraham Lincoln in a graveyard in Edinburgh. It's a monument to the Scots that died fighting for the Union.

    4/29/22Reply

    This looks so fun and informative. Love the video of Sean and Willow demonstrating the thumb screws:) I imagine Eowyn was thrilled getting to do the singalong. [Pamela D.]

    4/29/22Reply

    Willow looks very happy💕 [Pamela D.]

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  • Day15

    Edinburgh

    August 11 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Zauberhafte Stadt mit einem super coolen Art Shop (ich hätte fast was gekauft) außerdem habe ich die Straßen besucht, die aus einer meiner lieblings Buchreihe kennen und lieben gelernt habe.
    Auf dem Rückweg würde dann mein Zug gestrichen und ich musste einen später nehmen.Read more

    Lilly M. Lisek

    ooh ich liebe Edinburgh! Ist da nicht gerade auch das Fringe Festival? ne ganz besondere Zeit in der Stadt.... 🤩

    Vera Zink

    Ja, stimmt. Aber auf dem Festival war ich gar nicht, ich hatte nicht so viel Zeit als ich da war. 😅

    Eva Zink

    was ist das für eine Buchreihe? Und "wohnst" du noch in Dundee?

    Vera Zink

    Das erste Buch heißt, on Dublin Street, Rebecca hat gerade eine Fortsetzung aus der Reihe von mir bekommen😁 Und ja Dundee ist immer noch mein zeitlich begrenzter Fixpunkt 😘

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  • Day3

    Royal Mile

    April 28 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    St Giles Cathedral was beautiful, with a statue of Albus Dumbledore...er, I mean John Knox.

    The statue of a stool is in honor of Jenny Geddes, who started a riot by throwing a stool at the bishop in church (they didn't want a bishop, England was trying to force it on them). Willow's comment: I too, would like to be remembered for my murder weapon.

    Willow found her dream dress.

    The story of Deacon Brodie likely inspired Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    We loved all of the tiny side streets, called closes.
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    Vickie Garvin

    This is just really cool. All of it.

    4/29/22Reply

    I love this stained glass. [Aunt Patti]

    4/29/22Reply
    Pamela D.

    Definitely a Willow 👗

    4/30/22Reply
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