Canon on one of the battlements.
Today saw us off to Edinburgh Castle. It is an impressive structure built on top of a volcanic cliff. We spent about 4 or 5 hours touring the different buildings, taking pictures, watching bag pipe players, etc. The castle used to be a royal residence (for the Scottish kings/queens. It now houses the Scottish Honors (the crown, scepter and state sword) as well as the Stone of Scone. The stone was stolen by the English king Edward 1 (called the Hammer of the Scots) in the 1290’s. It was incorporated into the English coronation ceremony and was not returned to the Scots until 1996. While we were at the castle the boys watched a show put on by a juggler. I think that was the highlight of their day.
After touring the castle, we started to walk the Royal Mile.
Scottish royal crest?
Bobby said his feet hurt, so we only walked about ½ mile down the road.
We stopped at many of the shops and looked at many interesting items.
The boys are watching their spending money.
We had a nice dinner in the old town and then started back. We stopped at something called Mary King’s Close. The closes are small little streets that run off the Royal Mile. There are quite a few of them. The area we stopped to see, was representative of what life was like in the 1600’s for the common people of Edinburgh. One of the rooms in the tour was a ghost story. It scared both of the boys pretty good. I think we are going to be sleeping with the lights on in the room tonight. (We did!)
When we left, we started back for the hotel.
Picture of Edinburgh from the Castle battlements.
The swimming pool was closed when we got back (boy did I get in trouble for that).
Driving is still a chore in this city, but it is getting better.
I am starting to recognize landmarks to help us get around. One of the problems I have is that the streets seem to change name about every 4 blocks or so.
I thought I was doing better with driving the car…but Bobby has told me I am now up to stalling the darn car 25 times.
2 problems were discovered today. Brian’s DVD player does not seem to be able to take a charge by being plugged into the wall charger. I have to see if it can charge from the 12v charger. If not I will have to probably buy a new one. To be honest, I like the player that I bought Bobby a few months ago. The battery fits better, and the wall charger is better designed. After we discovered the problem with the DVD player, we discovered a problem with Bobby’s camcorder. It will not power up to take pictures or videos. It is recognized by my laptop, but what good is that. Not sure what is wrong with it. Will have to look at it later to see if there is anything I can do to get it going again. If not, well I got a really good deal on them (Brian has one also) and we are not out to much money.