We had a few choices for breakfast and I selected the traditional Scottish breakfast. While it was being made, I enjoyed fresh fruit of sliced grapefruit, figs, and juice. They had yogurt, table fruit, and cereals as well. We needed plenty of energy for all the walking we knew we would do, so I really enjoyed the fresh fruit. Coffee was by French press. If you have not had coffee this way you are missing out!
The owners of Jappa Turrets were great, because this American girl did so great at eating her Haggis, I got a certificate! Once we finished are breakfast, juice, and coffee we head out to Edinburgh. The parking is a bit of a headache and did not want to waste our money on the meter parking so we decide to take the bus to town and walk.
Here I am in front of the Olympic rings! Go USA! Come on Woman's Gymnastic, behind you all the way!
The guard on the left is there just so tourist can have their picture and not bother the guards that really are on duty. The guard on the right did a great job of not letting me distract him.
These were very steep steps leading up to Castle Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle dominates its city like no other castle in Europe. For 3,000 years people have found safety in this rock castle. In the beginning it was called "din Eidyn", meaning the stronghold of Eidyn. It was around AD 638 that the Angles invaded and called it Edinburgh.
This castle endured siege after siege during its long wars with England. While there was a lot of history told, most had a very English feel to it. By the time of King James VI, the castle been little more than a garrison fortress. Since 1745 the Castle has been a national icon, but the garrison of soldiers remain.
One thing I loved, and is in a lot of my pictures, is the moss and plants that gross so beautifully over walls, rocks, and pretty much everything
This was a small room in the castle that held a full detailed mold of the castle, it was huge!
|St. Margaret's Chapel|
St. Margaret's Chapel is the oldest building in the castle. Built around 1130 as a private chapel for a royal family, dedicated to his mother Margaret. Margaret died in the castle in 1093, who was devastated over the violent death of her husband, Malcolm III. These are a few of the gorgeous stain glass windows that include St Margaret, St. Andrew, St Ninian, St Columba, and William Wallace.
|Back side of The Scottish National War Memorial|
|Royal Guard in front of TSNWM.|
These were the only pictures allow since the inside was No Photos Allowed. The inside was breath taking, they did a wonderful job with honoring the memory of fallen soldiers. There was stain glass windows and statues that are difficult to describe beside breath taking. They even had an area much like in Washington that is dedicated to the unknown soldiers.
The Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle was completed in 1511, and was meant to serve as the place for ceremonies in the castle. Unfortunately it was not used for that often since King James the IV was killed in the Battle of Flodden just two years later. It was used for barracks for the next 230 years by Cromwell when he took the castle over in 1650.
After the Castle was taken back, work began to restore the Great Hall in 1886.
Architect Hippolyte Blanc, helped in restoring everything you see, except the hammer-beam roof.
She was then used as a saluting gun, especially at the wedding of Mary Queen of Scots. She was last fired in 1558 to celebrate the birthday of the Duke of Albany (later known as James VII). It was then that her barrel burst and was dumped down near the Cartshed. There she sat until 1754 when they moved her for the Disarming Act. She was saved from being melted down because of her size and 70 years later she returned to the castle. A full military escort accompanied this beautiful gun in 1829, back to where she sits today, as one of the most remarkable of all medieval guns and Scotland's military past.
Governors House on left.
The 1 o'clock gun is fired every day except Sundays, Good Friday, and Christmas Day. The entire town sets its time to this gun. The only time it went interrupted from its normal schedule was during the two World Wars.
We saw the Palace and actual Honors of Scotland. These were areas were no photos allowed again. I will show you pictures from the tour guide book.
From here we headed to the city to do Mary Kings Close, St. Giles Cathedral, Museum, and ghost tour. There is too much for one post so I had to break it into two, which you can check out part two tomorrow.