Sunday, September 30, 2012

Edinburgh Castle in a Wheelchair

We love living in Scotland and getting to explore new places together. It's like being on a date every time we go out! It was a beautiful day outside with a light breeze as AJ and I enjoyed a nice walk together, passing many little shops, churches, and restaurants along the way. We passed a few men in kilts playing bagpipes on the street corners. Then we stopped to listen to a band playing called the Spinning Blowfish by the Scottish Gallery--a fusion of drums, guitar, and bagpipes--way cool beats.
Along the Royal Mile to the castle - a pretty steep push up. You may want to ride the bus.
Finally we reached our destination. Located on an extinct volcano is Edinburgh Castle, where William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are honored with statues in the front entrance. This castle has never been seized by enemies from its front gates as it stands invincible. I was definitely excited to explore the inside. We were fortunate to receive a concession (discount) because like most places, the castle is not as wheelchair friendly and requires some adjustments. We used a car service (free) that took us up to the back of the castle and began our tour there. There are lifts for wheelchairs and ramps that require staff help to access, but it's easy enough.

One of my favorite parts of the castle were the royal jewels and honoraries. There were magnificent pieces of jewelry and historical artifacts. I can't believe the stone of destiny was stolen for so many years. That was a funny way to make a statement. And really, it's a stone boulder, not a jewel kind of stone. 

The war memorial was sobering to see all those names of people who died in wars. I'm not a fan of war, I believe there are other means of negotiating. War is needless.

The view from the top of the castle was amazing. It makes sense for this castle to be here. Looking out over all the colorful rooftops, it dawned on me just how lovely the city. It is a great balance of historical yet modern contributions to give it a familiar feel. Blanks are shot from the cannon everyday (except Sundays) at 1PM. Check it out!

Fish and chips at a pub and a deep fried Mars bar were a wonderful way to end our date. I have a feeling I'm going to love it here.

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