Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scott Monument in Princess Street Garden

Princes Street was originally planned to have no buildings on its southern side, to afford the residents a view to the castle and the old Town. Within the gardens, along the south side of Princes Street are numerous statues and monuments. The most dominant of these is the Scott Monument (1846). Other notable figures, commemorated scupturally in the East Gardens include explorer David Livingstone (1813-73), publisher Adam Black (1784-1874) and essayist Professor John Wilson (1785 - 1854).

The Edinburgh Castle

Standing high above the city, Edinburgh Castle is a magnificent sight. Not only is it a historic monument but also a working military establishment where the Scottish Division headquarters are based. Archaeological evidence suggests that the first settlers on this volcanic hill, then surrounded by forest, were Bronze Age around 1000BC. Even these early settlers recognised the strategic significance of this commanding and defendable site. By the middle ages this had developed into a mighty fortification and royal residency.

The Calton Hill

Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. The acropolis is in fact an unfinished monument - originally called the "National Monument". Initiated in 1816, a year after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, it was meant to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, as a memorial to those who had died in the Napoleonic Wars.

Turning my travel buddy to an instant model -- Wine Delfino-Salvador
The Playhouse Theatre

1 of the Prison Cells in Edinburgh Castle

This is Scotland!
Overlooking Edinburgh from top of Edinburgh Castle

Rainbow over a beautiful Edinburgh

Capturing a once in a lifetime moment
With my travel buddies Dr. Joel Junio & Wine Delfino-Salvador

Exterior shot of Edinburgh Castle

A Scottish Piper playing local music in the street

One of the interesting doors in Edinburgh Castle

Network Rail - Edinburgh Waverley Station

Visit Glasgow -- the soulful & poetic city of Scotland after the jump.