Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scotland Trip- Day 3-February 11- Edinburgh

Well I am a horrible blogger and have not written about the rest of my trip- I apologize!

We started off the day walking down the Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse!  It is the official Scottish  residence of the Queen.

Even though it was my second time visiting it, it's still a pretty cool place to visit, especially if you like the Tudor period in history- because this is where Mary, Queen of Scots lived with her husband.  They have a lot of personal effects of hers- from books, mirrors, etc... to locks of hair. You're not allowed to take pictures anywhere inside the Palace, but it is really pretty!

Here is a link if anyone wants to learn more about it!-

Connected to the Palace are the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.  Most abbey ruins are pretty cool anyways just because of how old they are.  Various royals are buried here including Kings David II, James II, James V and his first Queen Magdalen, etc...

From there, since it was only about 10min away, and was such a pretty day, albeit windy, we decided to walk up Arthur's Seat- a hill (felt like a mountain to me...hiker that I am...)

It is 251m (~800ft) high, and the day we went it was also muddy and the trails aren't really marked at all.  They are marked in the sense that you can tell it's a trail, but then there are splits all over the place, and the only map I saw was at the bottom telling you about the various trails, but there were more once you started walking...slightly confusing!

Even though the climb was rough, the weather and view made up for it.  We also discovered a delicious fudge shop on the way back which also went a long way to easing my leg pains :)

 On the way down, we found the easy way instead of slipping down wet rock and was a nice grassy slope.

From there, we progressed to the National Museum of Scotland.

This museum has everything from animals(stuffed), hands on science and tech stuff, short movies, to various exhibitions on countries, ancient Egypt, as well as exhibitions on Scottish history, as well as some temporary exhibitions- one on Dr. Livingstone and  the other on the Vikings( we didn't go to that, but I went later on in the week)

It's a big museum with lots to see so we didn't see everything, 1 because we were tired and 2 because it was later in the afternoon and closing in a couple of hours anyways.  

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