S: Edinburgh Scotland June, 2011 Volume ~ 2
BC: For Lyn Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Love Always, Robin
FC: Edinburgh Scotland | June, 2011~Volume 2
1: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND | SPRING 2011 | THE SMALLING SISTERS AMAZING JOURNEY
2: We said goodbye to our friends, Billye and Laura Ann at the Edinburgh train station where they were heading back to the US. Lyn and Robin had three days in the city before Chappell, Sarah, Ken, and Melissa and all the kids arrived for Mary Charles’ graduation at St. Andrew's University. Edinburgh with all the castles and museums we could squeeze in the time we had available, was waiting and the Smalling Sisters were ready!
4: After dropping off our suitcases, meeting our hosts, and picking up the entrance key to our Guesthouse B&B in “New” Town, we caught a taxi and headed off to the castles. First stop... Edinburgh Castle, Of Course!!
6: The small St. Margaret's Chapel that was at the very top of the cliff was the oldest and loveliest structure in the castle complex. | Queen Margaret"s Gospel Book
7: Occasionally a nice person will offer to take a picture of the both of us.
8: Edinburgh Castle is built on the core of an extinct volcano | Robert the Bruce and William Wallace
9: A king's view from Edinburgh castle.
10: Step outside Edinburgh Castle and you are on the Royal Mile. This is a narrow down-hill street leading to Holyroodhouse Palace which is lined with Scottish shops full of beautiful wools, leather, and jewelry. You better believe that The Smalling Sisters took full advantage.
11: The Edinburgh Museum is in an ancient building on the Royal Mile that tells the early history of the city. It was furnished as it would have been in the 16th century. | Cannongate Kirk The home church for the royal family while they are in Edinburgh.
12: Edinburgh is such a beautiful city. You never know what will be around the next corner. A four block walk to the laundry can become an adventure
13: For a minute we thought this was a guy skinny-dipping in The Waters of Leath until we realized it was a statue in the middle of the river.
14: After an hour's bus trip through the beautiful Scottish poppy-filled countryside, we stopped for a lunch of Bangers and Mash (Sausages and Potatoes)} We visited the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel that was made famous through the book and movie The The De Vinci Code.
16: Inside the Rosslyn Chapel, strange Leaf Men and other odd creatures stare at you from the walls.
17: The boxes lining the arches are thought to be musical notes which were written as squares in the early middle ages. The Rosslyn Motet was written from a group of these squares. | Legend has it that The Master Mason killed his Apprentice for building a more beautiful pillar (Left) than his (Right). | Fallen Angel
18: Our guesthouse in Edinburgh was Inchgrove House. A fully restored 5 story Townhouse dating from the 1820's. This stately brownstone is at 8 Forres Street, in New Town. Forres Street links two of the two finest Georgian squares in Great Britain: Charlotte Square and Moray Place. It was a lovely place to stay right in the middle of everything | Inchgrove House | Duncan and Walter
20: We had excellent breakfasts and great hospitality at the Inchgrove House. All guests eat at a large communal table. Duncan welcomed us each morning to a table stocked with cereals, fruit, yogurt's, fruit juices, tea freshly brewed coffee and freshly done toast.He introduced everyone, then in between serving joined us at the table where everybody joins in the exchange of conversation and information. | Full Scottish Breakfast Bacon, Sausage from Crombies, free-range Eggs from Coldstream in the Scottish Borders, Haggis, Black Pudding, White Pudding, Potato Scones, Cloutie Dumpling, Tomato, Mushrooms and Baked Beans.
21: Our third-floor room was very comfortable and spacious. although the stairs were daunting after a full day of sightseeing. The little overhang on the 2nd floor stair ledge is a tray rest for the "butler" to rest before carrying the heavy tray to the upper floors. | Our view of Forres Street looking south toward Queen Street
22: The Smalling Sisters were ready for a Night on the Town so we walked four blocks down Queen street to the Edinburgh Playhouse to see a One-Woman play by Andrew Lloyd Webber written for his former wife. After the play we headed back toward Inchgrove House hunting for a place for a late dinner. We were fortunate that Restaurant Mark Greenaway, a lovely four star restaurant on the corner of Queen street and North Castle Street had a table, Our meal was excellent and service was wonderful.
23: Throne Room | The family Chapel | Dining Room | Beautiful flowers were found throughout the Palace at the request of the Queen.
24: The inner courtyard | Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at 9 months of age. | Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to Edinburgh Castle.
25: The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.
26: Holyrood Abby ruins are on the grounds of Holyrood Palace. The ruined Augustinian abbey was founded in 1128 at the order of King David I of Scotland. In 1544, during the War of the Rough Wooing, the Earl of Hertford sacked Edinburgh, and Holyrood was looted and burned. The altars were destroyed by a Reforming mob in 1559, the abbey buildings were neglected, and the choir and transepts of the abbey church were pulled down in 1570. The nave was retained as the parish church of the Canongate.
27: The Smalling Sisters. Lyn Wellons and Robin Haraway, throughly enjoyed their three day trip exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Both would love to come back some day to see some of the other places that they did not have enough time to visit. Saying goodbye to our congenial hosts and taking a City Cab (very large, and comfortable) for a Pub on the Royal Mile where we met the rest of the family, the two sisters eagerly started the third leg of their Amazing Journey: | THE SMALLING SISTERS AMAZING JOURNEY | St. Andrews and the Graduation of Mary Charles Laird