Saturday, September 1, 2012

Day 17: Edinburgh

We slept in a bit today before bundling up and walking down the street to The Circle Cafe for some breakfast... at noon.

We had avoided the typical cold and wet British weather for so long, it was bound to catch up with us. It was cold and extremely windy but definitely not going to stop us. We walked through town to Edinburgh Castle; situated on a hill which used to be a volcano.

The entrance with statues of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

 We got the audio tour and went through every single bit together. Great views.

At 1:00pm everyday they set off a canon as tradition since the first world war.

Here it is in action. (The real excitement starts at 1:50)

Soldier’s Dogs cemetery.

Small chapel.

Great sky.

Catching a break from the chilly wind.

A church within the castle.

Mary Queen of Scots. Quite a looker. Not the best life.

Prisoner of War cells.

Doors with graffiti dating back to the 18th century. An American prisoner carves the flag.


We also go to see the crown jewels, scepter, and the Stone of Destiny (no photos allowed. This is super special stuff). After leaving the castle we stopped by the tartan factory where they make and sell all things tartan. Here are the looms in action.

We stumbled upon a pub just in time before a heavy dose of rain came and ate while it passed.

Some more walking around the city and it was time for some delivery dinner at the flat. After all the walking we didn’t feel like going out for dinner so we ordered some Indian food. We had high expectations but the food just didn’t come close to Tiffin, our favorite Indian spot in Philly. Oh well, we tried!

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