Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wonderful Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh was bustling and charming that day despite the unseasonably cold temperatures.

We walked up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle first thing in the morning and passed Adam Smith along the way.

Edinburgh Castle, while impressive, wasn't as amazing as we expected. Because it's still a working castle, it didn't feel as ancient and culturally rich as most of the other castles we visited.

What we loved about the castle was its location. Up on a hill, it provided a fantastic view of Edinburgh.

Matt particularly loved the smoke coming out of the chimneys and the steeples that dotted the city.

We joined a group at the castle and received a comprehensive tour, saw the crown jewels, and then continued wandering Edinburgh. The castle was also an impressive site from below.

We wandered into St. Giles' Cathedral for a bit.

Unfortunately, point and shoot cameras are not on your side when shooting indoors with poor lighting. However, we both managed to get a few workable shoots of the cathedral from the inside.

We found more churches

and beautiful monuments along side carnival rides set up for the Scottish Hogmanay celebration on New Year's Eve.

We climbed Calton Hill near the end of the "day" for different view of Edinburgh. In the picture below is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official monarch residence in Scotland.

On Calton hill sat many monuments, including this one named the National Monument.

This monument was modeled after the Parthenon but, obviously, never finished. It actually looked rather strange and out of place.

More views of Edinburgh from Calton Hill:

Tomorrow, I will be posting about our drive down to the border town of Dumfries, including the most beautiful set of ruins we saw in Scotland. Stay tuned!

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