A day of Rest and Edinburgh

Trip Start Jul 18, 2008
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Trip End Sep 03, 2008


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Saturday, August 23, 2008

August 22
A day of rest, and a visit to Pitlochory. the boys buy pokemon cards! Mom and I spend too much money at a candy store. I find cartrige pens in WHSmith. We have a lovely day just relaxing and pottering about this small town. The weather is beautiful.
 
August 23
To Edinburgh
Edinburgh castle parking lot now has a farmers market attached we enjoy Angus burgers homemade crisps and strawberries to die for! Yum!
Weirs and Kolts head up to the Castle. R-M's head for a hop on hop off tour of the city.
Edinburgh Castle is the most famous castle of Scotland, it is the home of the Scottish crown jewels, the oldest Royal Regalia in Britain. They are on display with the Stone of Destiny the coronation stone for Scots kings which is in safe keeping for the next crowning in which this stone will once again be placed under the new king to be. During the second world war UK's riches were buried and hidden in the castle under the washrooms only 4 people in the world knew of their location, one of which was the Govenor General of Canada. We saw the giant medieval siege gun Mons Meg. We are fortunate to be visiting during the Fringe festival and the streets are crowded with people street performers, and crafts people . did I mention I really like Edinburgh? It is a beutiful city! I decide this is another place we need to return for a longer visit in the future. Nigel gets cold, and as we sit waiting for Dad and mum he falls asleep all pulled into his Canada sweatshirt in the middle of a busy city , a busy street and sat uponn a concrete step! We atempt to wake him to no avail? He's not been sleeping and I guess it has finally caught up with him. It must be also stated not only is it really busy but it is also very noisey theire ate bag-pipers playing across the street, Guys yelling out "Tattoo Programs for sale" and thousands of people out on the street. Ali and Cam take turns carrying him down the street from the Castle, cobblestones and all. He does finally wake and walk the rest of the way.
On our trip down the castle rock we pass two important and interesting sites. The first is the coffee shop that JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter. Proclaimed "Harry Potters birth place"
The second Greyfriars Bobby which is a monument errected to remember a dog that followed his owners remains to the grave site the he was buried, and lingured close by for 14 years thats one faithful dog.
Once again 10 tired Candians piled into two little cars and returned to our Centre in Dalguise.
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