Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Bog Oak and Mary, Queen of Scots
We planned our whole day yesterday around the weather forecast -- rain in the afternoon. We caught an open-top bus tour early in the morning to learn our way around the city, and rode up to the castle, which sits high on a rocky outcropping. After exploring there, we continued on the bus to Holyrood Palace, the home of royalty in Edinburgh.
That's where these photos were taken -- in the ruined abbey adjacent to the palace. If I understood my trusty audioguide correctly, Its earliest parts date from the 1100s, and it collapsed sometime in the 1700s.
It was scenic enough for this kid to spend time sketching the ruins.
Inside the palace itself -- where photography is prohibited -- we stood in the bedroom of Mary, Queen of Scots, and saw the place where her secretary David Rizzio was murdered by her jealous husband. We also saw an elaborate chair made of "bog oak," or hard oak wood unearthed after spending a thousand years in a peat bog.
Then, in the afternoon, an unexpected bonus -- no rain! So I set out to photograph some storefronts and street art I saw from the bus, knowing that Dave and his parents would want no part of that expedition.
Last night, we had a terrific seafood meal in a very humid restaurant around the corner from our hotel. (Few places in Scotland, or England for that matter, are air conditioned, so things tend to get a bit close in the summer.)
This morning I had another phenomenal walk, so lots more photos are on the way! Our train back to London is at 2 p.m.