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PostSubject: Edinburgh   Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:01 pm

Here are a few photos from our recent trip to Edinburgh. Apologies in advance but Lord Lichfield I ain't!

This is Rosslyn chapel outside Edinburgh ( featured in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"). It was prohibited to take photos of the interior, and as you can see, some renovation work was taking place on the outside. Every piece of this building was hand carved. It took decades. Also, there is a huge cavern/crypt underneath, that the church could quite easily fit into. In it are buried the ancestors of the Sinclair/ San Clair/St Clair family, which Brown would have you believe, are the direct descendants of Jesus Christ. The tomb has been filled with 15 - 20 foot of sand and the current Earl of Rosslyn has refused permission to excavate. What is known is that these ancestors were buried in full armour and many of them were believed to be members of the Templar Knights. It is also a possible burial place of the fabled Templar treasure.










We climbed Calton Hill to the National Monument ( otherwise known as Edinburgh's Folly). There have been several proposals over the years to finish it but I kinda like it the way it is.


This is Nelson's Monument. On Trafalgar Day each year, they raise the ensign and flags ( don't know what the correct terminology is, ) which reads "England expects every man to do his duty". The mast on the top is raised and lowered every day at 1pm.



This is part of the same complex but I've no idea of what is is.



View out to Leith



View to the castle and the Balmoral hotel clock tower. This clock is always 3 minutes fast. Apparently, this is designed to ensure that people don't miss their trains in Waverley station nearby.



This is the Royal Mile which runs between Holyrood House ( the Queen's residence ) and Edinburgh Castle. Its actually 1 & 1/8 miles by modern measurements but when it was built, "miles" would vary depending where you were e.g. Scottish mile, Yorkshire mile etc).

The steeple you can see is St Giles Cathedral ( or Kirk which is Gaelic for church)



View in the other direction to the castle ( in the background)



Back of the castle



Front view



from below


View back to the National Monument complex



My local when over for the rugby matches


Holyrood House



Arthur's Seat from Easter Road ( any Hibs fans will know where that is). Sorry about the traffic signals, nearly got run over trying to take the photo without them in it .


The Royal Yacht "Brittania". The light isn't great in this one. Its hard to believe how fast darkness falls. I'm not sure why a ship of such historical significance should be permanently berthed to a shopping centre. We didn't go onboard as in keeping with Scottish tradition, it cost 40 bleedin quid!




Taken from inside the shopping centre



Finally my favourite photo of the Forth bridges.



We were there for 3 days but really should have booked a week, cos there is so much to see and do!!

We left Scotland, as always, with heavy hearts, but in the words of Douglas McArthur " I shall return" or for those of you more familiar with Arnie, "I'll be back"


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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:06 pm

Can everyone see these photos?? Something weird was happening and all the images loaded to the bottom of the post. I had to cut and paste each one back to where they should have been originally.
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:34 pm

They have come out fine, rep from me 4th, love the mysteries of the holy grail, we spent our 25th visiting Edinburgh and enjoyed it
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:38 pm

Fab pics 4th - rep from me too ! Very Happy



and it brought back memories of a limerick


" There was a young lady from Leith
Who circumsised men with her teeth....



I won't go on - Very Happy


Sorry - WAY offtopic

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:54 pm

Brilliant review and thanks for sharing. Great pics with a bit of history added. Have a rep well enjoyed that, just goes to show you don't have to travel abroad to have a great break.

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:11 pm

Daryn wrote:
Brilliant review and thanks for sharing. Great pics with a bit of history added. Have a rep well enjoyed that, just goes to show you don't have to travel abroad to have a great break.

I did lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:16 pm

Hahahaha ohhhhh yeah so you did lol! lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:17 pm

lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:07 pm

A good review, seeing the extra work you had to put in with the pics, well worth a rep.






Ignore Daryn, he's just the pet geordie lolol


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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:21 pm

Lovely pics 4th - I love Edinburgh!
Fabulous shops buildings!

Like you, we used to head to the Deacon Brodie on the Friday night before the match . . then to the Grosvenor Hotel after the final whistle!
Like you said - lots to do there - even for the kids
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:23 pm

PS - you haven't been to Dubai recently . . have you? wtf lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:25 pm

yeah - Princes Street is OK for a stroll...

and a BIT of Retail Therapy.................


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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:27 pm

Bonny1 wrote:
PS - you haven't been to Dubai recently . . have you? wtf lol!

I would LOVE to know what Dubai is like Bonny - wouldn't you ?....


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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:31 pm

It was the street parallel to that (up the hill) that I liked . . think it was St George's Street . . VERY posh shops!

I'm sure someone from MF told me that there was a member on hols there recently, who would be posting a detailed review soon . . .
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:37 pm

I've just checked the Middle East section and it's empty . . do you think this person knows he was in the Middle East . . . Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:40 pm

Nah -

I just think he's in Aberdeen enjoying his central heating !........................... Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:34 pm

Great review & fabulous photo's there 4th, a well earned rep from me. Great photo's of a wonderful City. I especially loved the photo of the Rail & Road Forth Bridges, fantastic. San was also impressed with the photo, as they were going into the Kingdom of Fife. Thumsup

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:07 pm

great review and photos.
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:48 pm

Trish1 wrote:
great review and photos.

You've seen them before. In fact you were nearly in one of them lolol ( We met Trish when we were over there)
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:36 pm

A few more photos from our trip to Edinburgh and surrounds a couple of weeks ago

Causeway at the apartment






View from balcony





Newhaven Harbour ( at the end of the causeway )







Helix Park









It's too big!!



Done it!! :Belly Laugh:



the Kelpies









Dunfermline Castle and Abbey





Cam and Trish's Park



Yoda Levitating on The Royal Mile



Grassmarket Area



Edinburgh Castle









Dog cemetery


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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:59 pm

Great photos is that the fourth road bridge I can see, its huge I drove along that many years ago when it was foggy and didnt realise how big it was because we couldnt see it until we came back the following day

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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:03 pm

Thats all 3 of the bridges Daryn. The red one is the rail bridge ( world heritage structure ). The two pillars with the cables coming down on either side is the new road one. I think the last segment went in this week. Its due to open next year. And the old/existing road bridge is in the middle of the two. The existing road bridge is a mile and a half long.
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PostSubject: Re: Edinburgh   Tue Nov 15, 2016 8:59 pm

Nice one Dermo, rep from me.

I didn't realise Bruce Forsyth lived up there, thought he lived around Wentworth or Sunningdale.

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