Palaces, castles, and Storm Troupers

September 09, 2015  •  5 Comments

Driving in Edinburgh is very complex... just sayin'. We decided the buses would be our best option.

St. Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle First stop is the bus stop... this is almost as complex as driving but less nerve racking. We were instructed where we were to catch the bus but it didn't seem right because we wanted to go the other direction. Oh yeah, we are in Great Britain and driving lanes affect the bus system too. Off we go to visit Holyrood Palace. We were in for an extra treat as there was a special car show at the palace. Not something I'd ever have imagined I'd see on palace grounds but there it was. Everything from vintage Rolls Royce to new Maserati vehicles. It seems price was the common denominator for this show. 

Holyrood Palace, Inner Courtyard Strolling through the palace with the audio guide gave us plenty of history, details about the rooms, and its past/present residents. We also learned that Queen Elizabeth was to be there 2 days later. Had our timing been different we wouldn't have been able to see the palace. My favorite part was the chapel ruins. We wanted to stroll the gardens like the queen might do but it was closed for the car show. Can't have everything I guess.

Kilted Storm Trouper It's tea time and a spot of lunch then a wander up the Royal Mile to the great Edinburgh Castle. It's amazing how long it takes for 4 women to walk one mile that's loaded with gift shops. I'm truly ashamed of myself. I did get some fun pictures though. Check out who's wearing a kilt.

Long Stairs, Edinburgh Castle The castle sits like a bold beacon on the top of an ancient volcanic rock hill looking over the land and sea. One thing I found fascinating about the castle was that in several areas, even inside some of the buildings, the natural rock was part of the floors, walls or paths and not smoothed over. It feels like the castle was born out of the rock. 

Edinburgh detail Our second day in Edinburgh was spent doing some shopping on Princes Street, taking a bus tour around the main downtown area, resting in a lovely park for a while, and finding fun places to have tea or eat. Driving on our way out of Edinburgh... please refer to the opening statement of this blog.

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valda yager(non-registered)
Wow cuz! You really know how to get out there and see the world, stunning photos, I hope you are having lots of fun!
Kritian(non-registered)
You are getting a lot of great photos. You should have a lot of nice stuff for the holiday fairs.
Liz(non-registered)
It sure sounds like you girls are having fun...sending love from home.
Mom(non-registered)
Oh yes, I am enjoying the photos and most of all knowing you are healthy and having fun. Not sure why I am not "registered"....but since Ivy isn't either I guess it doesn't matter? I don't see a "send" or other key that tells me my message will go to you....strange. Hope you get them
Ivy(non-registered)
check out the Scott's tower... It named after Sir Walter Scott. Pretty awesome view from the top, but it gets crazy narrow.
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