Dropped our bags at the hotel. Farah and Kak Minie wanted to rest, but I couldn’t wait to start exploring the city. On the top of my Edinburgh to-do list was to climb the Scott Monument, erected in 1840 in remembrance of Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. 287 spiral steps up. Definitely a no-no to them. I was all set to do a solo climb, suddenly Kak Faez decided to tag along. Cool, I got a buddy.
|Walking towards Scott Monument.|
|Up and up. Round and round.|
|A top view of Princes Street Gardens next door.|
|Edinburgh Castle on the top of the hill. Scottish National Gallery at its foot.|
|A kiss from the maiden in the tower, mmmuah!|
|Calton Hill at the end of the road. The columns of the National Monument of Scotland could be clearly seen.|
|287 steps. 5-inch sexy black babies. I did it!|
|So hungry after the workout. Bought fish and chips at this cute stall.|
|Hot lunch. Freezing weather. Beautiful scenery.|
All full and fueled up, we headed to the city’s most iconic site – Edinburgh Castle. Promised to meet Farah and Kak Minie there. A bit about the castle, though its existence began as a royal residence way back in 900 B.C. (that long ago!) it had long evolved to become a military base since the 17th century. The place is now owned by UK’s Ministry of Defense.
|Heading to the home of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.|
|The total view of the castle from the Esplanade, where the tattoo takes place every August.|
|She found a charming cavalry bagpiper.|
|Inside the Military Prison, which was installed with “double-decker” bed.|
|Drunk on guard? In there you go!|
|On the way up towards Foog’s Gate, the entrance to the Upper Ward.|
|Kak Minie walking past Governor’s House. Now it’s army officer’s mess.|
|Scottish National War Memorial from the outside.|
|Coat of arms of James VI and I. One king, two names. He was James VI of Scotland, then he became James I of England when the two countries united.|
|Armours and swords.|
|The castle’s reservoirs. Kept the inhabitants hydrated during times of siege.|
|A group pose as we exited the Gatehouse.|
Took a stroll around town then headed to Hard Rock Café for dinner. As expected, the weather got really cold as night came. It even drizzled for a bit as we walked back to the hotel. Took a long hot shower and retired for the night.