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FC: Scotland The Page Vacation 2010 | Scotland

1: Off to Scotland

5: City of Edinborough

6: Edinborough is the capital city of Scotland. We are at the Grand Sheraton Resort. | Welcome to Endinborough !


9: The City Streets of Edinborough Princess Street is the main artery in the New Town of Edinburgh and major tourist attraction along with the Royal Mile at the Old Town.

11: The Princess Street Gardens are a beautiful park bellow the Edinburgh Castle created in 1820 following the draining of the lake Nor Loch and creating the New Town and The Mound. The Ross Fountain is the focal point of the park with ironwork statues of females depicting Science, Arts, Poetry and Industry.

12: Robert the Bruce King of Scotland 1300's

13: Edinburgh Castle

14: Mons Meg is one of two giant siege guns given to James II of Scotland in 1457. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology. She weighs over 6,000kg, and fired 150kg stone cannonballs

17: The Edinborugh Castle was built in a strategic position that commands views over many miles. A fortification of some kind has stood here for about 3000 years, and it’s easy to see why. This craggy rock provides a dramatic natural defence that is almost impregnable From the Argyle Battery, visitors have a clear view to the north, across Princes Street and the New Town to the Firth of Forth and beyond. On a clear day, you can see Ben Lomond.

18: A SEAT OF ROYAL POWER 1494 to 1540 The Sceptre and the Sword of State are presented to James IV by successive popes. The Honours of Scotland are completed when the Crown is made in its present form for James V.

20: WARS OF INDEPENDENCE 1296 Edward I of England invades Scotland, capturing the castle after a three-day siege. 1314 The Scots, under Robert the Bruce, recapture the castle. 1334 The English retake the castle. 1341 The Scots take it back again.

22: Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. Today, the Palace is the setting for State ceremonies and official entertaining. During The Queen's Holyrood week, which usually runs from the end of June to the beginning of July, Her Majesty carries out a wide range of official engagements in Scotland. The Investiture held in the Great Gallery is for Scottish residents whose achievements have been recognised in the twice-yearly Honours List which appears at New Year and on The Queen's Official Birthday in June. King George V and Queen Mary held the first garden party in the grounds of Holyroodhouse and the tradition has been maintained to the present day. Each year, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh entertain around 8,000 guests from all walks of Scottish life during Holyrood week.

23: Palace of Holyroodhouse.

24: The Nelson Monument CALTON HILL Edinborough 106 ft. high, 143 STEPS

25: Nelson's Monument is a tower commemorating Admiral Horatio Nelson and his triumph over the Spanish and French navy at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The monument was designed by Robert Burn to look like a telescope. The tower has is a time signal installed at its top to enable ships' captains to set their chronometers accurately and allowed ships to know the time.

26: NationalMonument 1892 The National Monument was intended to be a memorial to those who died in the Napoleonic Wars. The prominent Grecian columns (12) of this and other buildings in Edinburgh has led to Edinburgh being described as the "Athens of the North". The design is based on the Parthenon at Athens.

29: Calton Hill Calton Hill overlooks Edinburgh city centre and is just east of the New Town offering splendid views of the city. Three monuments were built on Calton Hill. Two of them The National Monument and the Dugald Stewart Monument have Greek influenced architecture.

30: The View from the The Nelson Monument

32: The Dugald Stewart Monument was built in 1831 . It is dedicated to the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart. It is based on the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.

36: The Scott Monument is a Victorian monument dedicated to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. The Scott Memorial was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) made a key contribution to Scottish literature as a famous writer. The black gothic tower designed by Jonh Steel is 61 meters high (200.5 ft) and has a couple of viewing platforms reached by narrow spiral staircases. It offers great panoramic views over Edinburgh. The highest viewing deck is reached by a total of 287 steps. Sir John Steell's statue of Sir Walter Scott is executed in Carrara marble and is more than double life-size Walter Scott and his beloved dog Maida glowing white in their regal chair of Carrara marble. | The Scott Monument 1771-1832 200ft 287 steps

40: The Turnberry Resort Scotland


49: The Culzean Castle

55: Tea Time

56: This was our driving car | Summer 2010

57: Going Home To USA | Driving to Heaththrow Airport

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