Sunday, October 14, 2012

Edinburgh, Scotland

Despite the August crowds, we still enjoyed touring some of the more important local historic sites like Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Edinburgh Castle was quite impressive because 1) there was a local Scotsman that took us on a brief but informative guided tour, 2) there were beautiful vistas of the city, and 3) there was a man playing the bagpipes, really appropriate mood music for the location.

One of my favorite pics from the castle is the dog cemetery for regiment mascots that dates back to the reign of Queen Victoria.  The first picture below shows just a little bit of the cemetery at the very bottom of the picture, but really showcases a great view out to the Firth of Forth.

In the afternoon, we trekked over to Holyrood Palace for a tour.

Since the British monarchs still use the palace for state ceremonies (things like the marriage of Zara Phillips, granddaughter of the queen, last year), I was unable to take any interior pictures.  Of course, it wouldn't be a palace without a really nice fountain out front.

I was really intrigued by the remains of Holyrood Abbey... beautifully peaceful, yet sad and almost eerie.  If only the walls could talk.

As we were touring in Edinburgh, I took some random pics of things that caught my eye.  It seems my interest in crests continues... along with unique places like the Tolbooth Tavern (part of an original tolbooth built in 1591).

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