Good evening everyone......evening, afternoon; its 5 o'clock somewhere!! Have a beer for me. I'm having one for you. Ha ha ha.
Today I rose early for a quick breakfast and a hurry up and wait line at the gates for the Castle. Argh......the crowd was unexpected as i planned my arrival just when the gates opened for the day.
The castle structure was absolutely amazing. It was built on a volcanic rock formation. There is evidence of human inhabitants at this location since 9th century BC but has only been used for Royal residence since the 12th century or so. The oldest parts of what is still standing is from the 16th or so i think. Anyway the structure, as you will see in the pictures, is built directly onto the rock formation. You can see it sticking out all over the place. Natural protection from opposing forces.
I've included quite a number of pictures to give you a good idea of the architecture. I got fed up with the crowds and left before seeing the 'Stone of Destiny' and the 'Scottish Crown Jewels'. One of my main reasons for going there to begin with! I will need to go back with Kim before we leave.
I walked back to the room and packed up my bag to send home. Now that i'm all done with work i don't need the 2 bags anymore. The rest of my trip will be a one bagger.
In the afternoon i chatted with my sweetheart for an hour or so on Skype and hoofed it back to the Royal Mile. The mile is a stretch of road that extends east from the Castle gate, down castle hill, to lawn market and high street and terminates at the transition between North bridge and South bridge. Its kind of a tourist area. Ive included pictures of St. Giles cathedral, the Parliament buildings and the council buildings.
Interesting fact: the used to build Pigeon roosts into the attic areas of the structures on purpose. The birds were a welcome source of meat!
Enjoy your evening!