Wee visit to the Anatomical Museum at Edinburgh Uni today. Saw William Burke's skeleton. Found 10 wee Lego skeleton clues and got a sticker for my efforts. And drew a brilliant sketch of Robert the Bruce. Brilliant.
"Sometimes the route to joy is indirect, our journey home not quite as we expected. There’s no magic star to guide our steps, no ancient prophecies to predict our way. The greatest gift is to know that we travel not alone but in the company of others."
These are some tattoos I would love to do based on the incredible art by Gustave Dore. These two are from his plates for Dante's Divine Comedy. I am compiling more of his work I'd love to tattoo so if there is anything in particular somebody wants, noise me up 🤘🤘
I could barely breathe after this meal because I was soooo full. But it was worth it 😋😋😋 broadbead kuku, beet kraut, gf bhaji, sunflower shoots, cashew bleu cheese and fresh organic salad 🥗 🌱 tap for tags 🌻
Edinburgh Castle is situated on Castle Rock; formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago.
Castle Rock had been a military base and royal residence for centuries. However, the edifice that is known as Edinburgh Castle was built during the 12th century by David I, son of Saint Margaret of Scotland.
The tensions between the English and Scottish monarchies nearly always centred on Edinburgh Castle. The first major battle was during the late 13th century when Edward I of England attempted to seize the vacant Scottish throne. From 1296 to 1341, the castle bounced from English to Scottish hands several times during the Wars of Scottish Independence.
After this, most of the castle’s reconstruction was overseen by David II. Much of this was undone, following the “Lang Siege.” The year long battle was triggered when Mary Queen of Scots married James Hepburn, and a surge of rebellion against the union rose up amongst the noblemen of Scotland.
Mary was forced to flee to England but loyal supporters held the castle for a further year.
Following, the ‘Union of the Crowns’’ on James VI and I accession, the Scottish court departed from Edinburgh to London. The final monarch to reside at the castle was Charles I in 1633.
The 1715 rebellion saw the Jacobites come dramatically close to claiming the castle in the same style that Robert the Bruce’s men did over 400 years before; by scaling the north facing cliffs. The 1745 rebellion saw the capture of Holyrood Palace but the castle remained unbroken.
The castle now serves as a military station, is home to the Scottish National War Memorial, the Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and is host to the famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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Happy Saturday everyone! Cherry Blossom Season is sadly over but I’ve just come across a couple photos I forgot to post 🙈 Here’s a snap of the lovely @edienthusiast (Ildi has a wonderful Edinburgh Instagram account and posts weekend guides of what’s going on in the city!) 🌸
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Visiting some of the finest cliff scenery on Madeira, this walk explores the long thin peninsula at the eastern end of the island. The trail follows S. Lourenço Point, the eastern-most peninsula of Madeira island, named after the caravel sailed by João Gonçalves de Zarco, one of the three discoverers of Madeira island, who on coming near this piece of land shouted to his ship “São Lourenço, that’s enough!”. This peninsula is volcanic in origin, and is mainly made of basalt, although there are also some limestone sediment formations.
The semi-arid climate and its exposure to North winds have sculpted the low vegetation and explain the lack of trees, which distinguish this area from the rest of the Island and is a veritable natural heritage. Here you can see the Island’s basal plate at its best and several rare and endemic plants.
Along the route you can often see several bird species. Another interesting aspect of this area is the high number of endemic land molluscs (24), commonly known as snails.
In the sea, you may be lucky enough to spot the world’s rarest seal, known in Madeira as a Sea-wolf.
At the end of the trail, you can dive in the Sardinha port, named after the old owners.
The Sardinha house is the base for a group of Rangers who work for the Madeira natural park, and who are responsible for watching over the area.
On the horizon to the South you can see Ilhas Desertas (Deserted Islands) and to the North the Porto Santo Islands.
If you're looking for directions around the Old Town and need to find Cockburn Street: please remember it's pronounced Co-burn Street.
Hope this helps and you won't be left red-faced as I once was. You're welcome :)