Day 2 - Sightseeing in Edinburgh

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Scott Monument
Today we did the 'normal' tourist stuff. Looking at the tourist spots in Edinburgh.
Most are located near the Royal Mile, so we got back to Princess Street, bought us day tickets for the next days and started our tour.

At first Dad, me and my brother's girlfriend decided to climb on the Scott Monument. My brother has a fear of heights, so Mum decided to stay back with him. I think during our climb (one hour) he was kinda bored.
The Scott Monument has some platforms, where you can overlook the city. But at the final ascent you should loose your bag, It's really a small path all the way up. Once you are on top the view is great. Now we had the problem going back down.
Edinburgh Castle - The Scotish National War Memorial
This was a challenge with more and more people wanting to go up.


I noticed on our way through the surrounding areas, that every bench was somehow donated. I started to read the plates on them and some were kinda strange other moved me. Yes, this people loved their city.

After this we went back to the Mile and up to the castle. It was kinda strange to walk on the grounds, where some hours ago the drum&pipe bands marched around.
At the castle we had to buy tickets, what took us nearly an hour so much people wanted to visit. Later I discovered you could buy your tickets in the internet and could go to a different counter to get them, which was much more faster. But for us this information came to late.
The castle was amazing.
Camera Obscura - Giant Plasma Balls
I know only one castle I can compare and that's Königstein here in Dresdens surrounding. The most interesting part was the old St. Margret Chapel, which dated back to the 12th century. It was tiny, but memorable.

My brother and me spend a lot of time in the Scottish National War Memorial. There, they commemorate every killed men/women serving Scotish regiments. They have books in which all the names of the killed people are in. We looked at every cover and it was really emotinal. With every year it got worse. At first we spoke with each other, but gotten quieter with everybook. And at the last book we were silent and just looked at the dates and the names. It was the war in Iraq and only a few names. We just stood there in this great hall and we looked at each other knowing that this wasn't the last book to be filled with names.

After the visit of the castle me and my parents went to the Camera Obscura and my brother with his girlfriend did some shopping.
We loved the Camera Obscura and much more the rest of the exhibition. Normaly you don't get to play with such devices like the giant plasma balls and looking at optical illusions.

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Scott Monument
Scott Monument
Edinburgh Castle - The Scotish Nat…
Edinburgh Castle - The Scotish Na…
Camera Obscura - Giant Plasma Balls
Camera Obscura - Giant Plasma Balls
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Backstreet
Backstreet
inside the Scott Monument
inside the Scott Monument
top platform on Scott Monument
top platform on Scott Monument
Princess Street
Princess Street
view from top platform of the Scot…
view from top platform of the Sco…
Drum&Pipe band rehearsing at the S…
Drum&Pipe band rehearsing at the …
me in front of the castle
me in front of the castle
getting to the castle
getting to the castle
waiting for the tickets
waiting for the tickets
lunchbreak
lunchbreak
inside the castle
inside the castle
far away
far away
the 1 oclock gun
the 1 o'clock gun
inside the castle
inside the castle
15th century siege gun Mons Meg
15th century siege gun Mons Meg
St, Margarets Chapel
St, Margarets Chapel
view from the castle to the esplan…
view from the castle to the espla…
view from the rooftop of the Camer…
view from the rooftop of the Came…
a snail on the wall in Portobello
a snail on the wall in Portobello
Edinburgh
photo by: vances