FavD and Friend Name Their Favorite SCOTS of the Trip

8 07 2009

en route

Hint: It’s a tie for top honors between one man in a skirt, one woman making and breaking the rules, and one unholy SHEEP!

Palace of Holyroodhouse - The Queens Official Residence in Scotland

Palace of Holyroodhouse - The Queen's Official Residence in Scotland

Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past, including Mary, Queen of Scots, who lived here between 1561 and 1567.

Edinburgh July 8, 2009
Posted by penguindust under Scotland

Wow! Edinburgh just does not slow down. Nor would we want it to.

Weather update: IT IS STILL IN THE LOW SIXTIES. Also, when ever we mention the weather to someone, they apologize to us because “it’s been so unseasonably warm the last few days.” Then we explain to them that it was 99 and 90 % humidity when we left Florida, and they think we’re lying.

Today, got down to The Palace of Holyroodhouse (you have to say those words in the right order or they take you down to Mercant’s Cross and hang you), which is where the Queen lives when she visits Scotland, which she does at least once a year when she has her garden party – which she just had last week! We just missed her, which was lucky, because it isn’t open to the public when she’s in residence.

We got to see Mary Queen of Scots’ bedchamber, and the room where her husband stabbed her private secretary to death. Also there are many lovely flowers.

[LMAO! The humour of juxtaposition!]

And, lest I forget, a gorgeous ruin of a 12th century abbey. Again, pictures to come in the next few days (damn Scotland’s slow internet!)

Then we went to the Surgeon’s museum, which we have been trying to go to literally since the first day we got here (it’s only open 12 to 4). I’ll let Kiki update you on that soon, she appreciated the various specimens far more than I. Although a specimen we both appreciated was Miss Short, the lady at the front desk who let us in for student prices despite the fact that we had no way of verifying that we were such.

“You have to trust people sometimes,” she said, and then she told us all about the horrors of early dentistry and Sherlock Holmes. She is currently tied with Andrew as our Favorite Scot of the Trip.

Then we went to a diner that has Breakfast All Day, and then we checked out the National Museum of Scotland, which is a top-notch institution, and let me tell you why: There is a “discovery zone” for kids on the first floor, which features what appears to be THE ACTUAL TAXIDERMIED CORPSE OF DOLLY THE SHEEP, ROTATING IN A GLASS CASE.

There are some historical things as well, but we were frankly very taken with Dolly, who is herself from just outside Edinburgh.

Belgium tomorrow!

Unschooling Europe



3 responses

8 07 2009
9 07 2009

Bagpiping last night with Young Son and regaling them with Edinburgh adventures to date, we learned that his pipemaster was once presented for a youth discipline-fitness award to the Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband) right there in the Palace of Holyroodhouse! Now why hadn’t this ever come up before??

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