Monday, June 23, 2014

April 2013: Visiting Scotland

So I had a bushel load of points so decided to cash them in and pop up to Scotland.

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So I stop at the obligatory border crossing, to see the flags flying, lovely fields and then a little house on the prairie :P

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That’s good to know.

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View from the apartment. We head out for a walk

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quite a curious little plaque on the wall

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A lovely row of steps

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And there’s the castle

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And spires

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And chimneys

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Lol, nice name

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traditional Edinburgh..

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We move up a side road which is curving and looks quite interesting.

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a boarded up door with a table and chairs in front. How wonderful, how many people have ducked their heads and passed through these portals before it was boarded up?

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A lovely lovely pair of railings, ironmongery and a lovely door with beautiful hinges

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I've found the answer…

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Hmmm, i wouldn't mind having a tour

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the pig is looking very happy with a knife stuck in its head..

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We go up a flight

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Nice little terrace, but the stone and tall buildings does make for a sombre mood

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We are up at the upper bow

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this is no longer a church, I am afraid

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this is a lovely lovely door, beautiful..

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Another view of the castle

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So Patrick Geddes stepped down here? Fascinating fellow. An interesting connection to India..

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Very Fetching, don't you think?

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Oh yes please but the kids started such a cacophony that I dropped the idea, sighs, bunch of philistines I am having in my house.

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The Royal Mile is full of these little courts which open up into courtyards with tall houses. I tell you, touch the stones and hear them speak

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Coming to the end of the Royal Mile

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Looking down Lawnmarket

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And one of my hero’s….Adam Smith, what a man.

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a cute set of stairs…lovely lovely, and it has been repaired so many times, i counted 3 sets of repairs, so if stone steps got worn away!!! man o man..


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that’s nice

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And a writers museum, oh joy….unfortunately closed at the moment.

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old Robbie Burns is all over town…

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What an extraordinary door.

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The architecture is brilliant, just imposing..Greco roman style and a mis match hodge podge style which really works. 

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this would've been so imposing back in its day, heck, its imposing right now!

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And here’s another great man. Enlightenment in the UK emerged from Scotland, something that the rest of the UK will miss terribly if Scotland goes its own way

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An ancient wellhead…fascinating story…

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the cathedral

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One of the most amazing bronze statues I have seen, the workmanship is exquisite, seriously brilliant


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The cathedral is beautiful

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I find these empty plinths very interesting…fascinating…what did the architect dream about? what did the builder want? how about the archbishop? why is this little set of 2 niches empty? 

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beautiful cathedral…but that’s for another day

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a lovely fountain…defunct of course but should have been an imposing sight when it was active..

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the history around this area is extraordinary

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a lovely old court here

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Here’s the old man again, Adam Smith…

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A warbler…pretty dreadful singing but I was in a happy mood..

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Having a drink, bloody pestilential creatures

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An anachronism in these days…

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Another wellhead

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its getting a bit cold and nippy.

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ah! fishy!

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never heard of this chap…James Braidwood. So he is the chap who created the modern fire service. Brave good man. Seriously Brave, go read up on him.

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Now here are the traditional sphinx’s unlike that silly one in Gaza. female monster with the body of a lion, the breast and head of a woman, eagle's wings and, according to some, a serpent-headed tail. Nice tata’s

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Now this is what I don't understand, why does a drainage pipe need anti theft signage?

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Beautiful Lead windows… 

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British and Scottish call booths?


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Oh! very nice :) 1699, wow, amazing…although the building is a monstrosity.

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The Scottish Flag…

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going around in circles are we?

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yes it is

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Wotcha doing?

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Long day, heading down…

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Nice graffiti

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Imprisoned books

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The India Office Buildings..

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Peering down from one of the bridges

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nice trinkets on top…

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heh, i am always amused by this…they will sooner or later run out of somebody else’s money to pay for their stupid grandiose schemes…morons.

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Frankenstein Bar? Why name it after a doctor?

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I stood there looking at this little window, this would've taken days and weeks to make..and its ended up looking so beautiful.

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What a heart-warming tale….of Greyfriars Bobby.

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A long defunct store…

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there’s the old bridge which I saw and took photos of. 

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heh, nice one.

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sad….but I see faces..

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A library?

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this mannequin has seen better days…

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the castle at late night

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hmmm, 100 years back…

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hmmmm, then?

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this was just around our flat…a tittybar..nice

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we reach our road…tired..the kids were flagging…home James and don't spare the horses…

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