A walking tour of downtown Edinburgh this morning found us lurking in every corner of the city.  From the Scottish National Museum to the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling first penned Harry Potter, we saw a vast array of attractions the city had to offer.  It was very cold, around fifty and raining most of the tour, but got warmer as the day progressed into the afternoon.  Afterwards, our group headed to Edinburgh Castle, which has been standing since well before 1500.  The crown jewels from the early 1500’s were on display; they include a sword, scepter and crown similar to the one portrayed in cartoons (fur, velvet, jewels, gold and all the flashy gems).  Also, jewelry worn by princesses was on display, a pink and diamond ring and a pearl necklace adorned with countless diamonds.  The chapel was also open and the stained glass was a phenomenal display of medieval craftsmanship.  Despite it being cloudy, the minimal light did some justice to show off the beautiful colors of the windows.

 

Tonight we have a group dinner and then I will continue my shopping, there’s so many shops for cashmere apparel and celtic-themed jewelry, mostly hand made and locally crafted in Scotland!  Our group also has plans to go to a karaoke bar…should be fun!

A bagpiper! I wonder if he's got underwear on?!

A bagpiper! I wonder if he’s got underwear on?!

Signature cobblestone heart found in many streets of Scotland

Signature cobblestone heart found in many streets of Scotland

Architecture in the city

Architecture in the city

Town Bell tower

Town Bell tower

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