Monday, June 3, 2013

Edinburgh Delights

Edinburgh Scotland has a wonderful National Museum of Archeology. It is hugh, interesting and very popular.

The Museum of Edinburgh is the City’s treasure box - a maze of historic rooms crammed full of iconic objects from the Capital’s past.

 I was overwhelmed as we entered the museum. So many exhibits-I wanted to see them all but we had budgeted only a couple of hours. The four of us scattered to various area. I decided two floors was all I could do (and only parts of them, at that).

Ancient Man in Scotland

Pictish symbols on stone

First symbol of a bicycle?

 Ancient logboat

Roman soldiers in Scotland

Large, impressive cross

Humorous carving

Drunk old man riding home

Women, too

A female aristocrat commissioned this large cross (detail show here) and is depicted riding side-saddle

The 1822 visit of George IV to Edinburgh boosted the popularity of tartans.

This ledger of tartan samples was formed in the 1930s by members of the Highland Society in order to improve their record of "Certified Tartans". It included swatches collected between 185 and 1820, as well as samples collected later

 Herringbone twill woven in the Scottish Borders

Herringbone twill suit, a speciality of mills in the Scottish Borders

Fair Isle knitting pattern developed in Scotland in 19th century

Dolly the Sheep

Dolly the Sheep--the first mammal cloned from an adult cell--and friend!

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock.It is one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland  Wikipedia
It was a fun visit! Irene 
Edinburgh Castle (photo from Wikipedia)

There are memorial plaques everywhere. Also a cemetery for the dogs of soldiers! 
In memory of Sir William Kirkcaldy of the Grange, justly reputed to be one of the best soldiers and most accomplished cavaliers of his time…1575  

Have Royal Insignia added to your downspouts!

Queen Elizabeth II has received the keys to the castle upon her visits there
There is a nicely done museum about the Scottish Kings and the Scottish Royal Jewels
Mural in the museum
Many places have a twelve o'clock (noon) whistle or siren. The castle has a one o'clock artillery gun blast. People set their watches by it!

St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral, more properly termed the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Wikipedia

We were treated to an rehearsal session by the organist

Exceptional stained glass windows

Palace of Holyrood House

Official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty the Queen
A VIP (not the Queen) was in residence so we couldn't go inside. 
Poster of Holyrood House on a sunny day

Holyrood House the day we visited!

The fountain is raining, too
It's raining, we can't go in Holyrood House...let's  drink coffee and eat scones!

The Scottish Parliament

"The Parliament sits in the land, and should reflect the land that it represents.' Enric Miralles, 1998

The original Parliament of Scotland was the national legislature of the independent Kingdom of Scotland, and existed from the early 13th century until the merger of England and Scotland in 1707. 
Following a referendum in 1997, the current Parliament of Scotland was convened in 1998.

One hundred handwritten sentences made of porcelain by women about women who contributed to the life, culture or democracy in Scotland

Presented by Her Majesty the Queen on the opening of the new Scottish Parliament building  in 2004

Around Town 

“Who indeed that has once seen Edinburgh, but must see it again in dreams waking or sleeping?”
Charlotte Bronte, letter 20 July 1850 

Could the sheep shortbread shape be any cuter?

Oops, Photo by Rosie

Carol has the thistle; we are still looking for the shamrock  so we can say "Shamrock and Thistle" (or visa versa), the title of (U.S.) National Public Radio's music program 

Sandy Belle Pub in Edinburgh--place for trad music.

Peebles, Scotland

Peebles is a burgh in the committee area of Tweeddale, in the Scottish Borders, lying on the River Tweed. According to the 2001 Census, the population was 8,159. Wikipedia
We stopped for a picnic lunch. One of our party went shopping and rushed back at the last minute! Two of us played!

Peebles Cathedral

Time to leave Scotland

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