Day 19, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 9, 2016

Our first day in Edinburgh began with a drive and walk through the city to Edinburgh Castle, the most besieged place in Britain, having provided sanctuary and security for many of Scotland’s kings and queens.  This was a very busy sightseeing day!

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Above and below, St. John’s, Scottish Episcopal Church.

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Above is part of the walkways around the castle.  Below are the views around Edinburgh from the castle walls!!

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From one of the castle walls, this view overlooks the city and in the background the Firth of Forth (Sea of Forth), with a cruise ship!

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This famous time signal has been fired almost daily since 1861 except on Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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Below is the Royal Palace with rooms displaying a wide variety of arms, armor and treasures of the castle.

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Below is the War Memorial, housed in a redeveloped barrack block at the heart of Edinburgh Castle.

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Below are views from the Prisons of War.

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Above is the altar in St Margaret’s Chapel in the castle, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, built in the 12th century (seen behind Steve in picture below at Foog’s Gate).

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We then took off down the Royal Mile, enjoying more of Edinburgh City.

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Above is St. Giles’ Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh, the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland, also known as the “Mother church of Presbyterianism”.  Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline and the Royal Mile.  St Giles, a popular saint in the Middle Ages, is the patron saint of Edinburgh, as well as cripples and lepers.

Below is a forest wizard (street actor), “floating in space”, with only the assist of the staff in the foreground.

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Above is Tron Kirk, formerly a parish church built in the 17th century, now a landmark on the Royal Mile and open as a small marketplace.

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Above and below, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, served as principal residence of Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, now Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at the beginning of each summer.  This palace is at the end of the Royal Mile and then we walked some more!

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Above and below is the Scottish Parliament Building, with distinctive sculptures!

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Above and Below, the Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott.  It is the largest monument to a writer in the world, at 200 feet, 6 inches.

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The end of a long day with great sights in Edinburgh!!

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