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Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK

Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK
A celebration of 20 & 50 years
UK Travelogue - Day Three
20-05-2011

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    • Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years LondonEdinburgh Day Two - Friday Edinburgh 20 May 2011
    • Up at 3:30 am to get ready then catch our 6:45 am flight from Heathrow toEdinburgh. (Reub a little fuzzy from night before.)While waiting for the bus around 5am-ish, we watched three girls back their carinto the building. CRUNCH!! Clearly they were arriving back from a night onthe town.Waiting with us wasan elderly womantraveling to Italy. Herhusband recentlypassed and she wastraveling for the firsttime alone. Sheseemed to be ratherfeisty and a totalclose-talker. Beforewe new it, she hadnudged Reub quite afew feet down thesidewalk as she toldus how crappy hertravel had been sofar. Don’t get uswrong, she certainlywas sweet and reallymade us laugh. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The flight to Edinburg was a bit cramped, but quick. Once on the ground andloaded like pack-mules again, searched for the correct bus to the hotel. Aftersome friendly banter with an AirLink driver, I located the right one. We boardedjust as the skies opened up…and did it pour!!! Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Upon arrival at the Ramada-Jarvis Mount Royal, we were totally thrilled whenwe walked up to the hotel. Facing Princes Street, it looked out over thegardens toward Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile! It would be fantastic ifwe can get a room facing THAT!!!We were told we would not beable to check in until 2:00 pm.It was only 9 am-ish and Reubieneeded GREASE!! Fortunately,the sky had cleared so westowed our bags at the front deskand went off to find a bite to eat. The Ramada-Jarvis Mount Royal Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • We walked all over New Town looking for a cool place for breakfast.Mental note: nothing, I mean NOTHING decent opens for business untilnoon in Edinburgh. We walked all over to find a place open… Princes Street… Rose Street… Waverly Bridge… Market Street… Cockburn Street….NUTHIN’! Not one place was open until noon.The only thing open werecoffee shops; we wanteda bit more than that. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Circling back toward the hotel along Prince’s Street, we dropped down towalk along the Prince’s Street Gardens. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Nice view of The Castle on a clear spring day.The Gardens were created in the1820s following the long draining of theNor Loch and the creation of the NewTown. The Nor Loch was a large lochin the centre of the city. It was heavilypolluted from centuries of sewagedraining downhill from the Old Town.The street is named Princes Street This is the oldest working floral clock in the world.after King George IIIs two eldest sons, Using thousands of flowers, it is re-created each year.the Prince George, Duke of Rothesay(later King George IV) and the PrinceFrederick, Duke of York and Albany. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • One pass around New Town broughtus back to our hotel and we decidedto offload our coats and grab ourcamera from the bags. Reub askedat the desk if they happened to havea room ready…and they did!YIPPIE!!!We took everything up, dropped it inthe room, looked out the window, Our roomand were greeted with thispanoramic view!! Scott Monument Salsibury Craigs Edinburgh Castle The Dric Pub (Nancy’s 1st haggis Reub’s 1st fish & chips) Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Since we still had time to kill before the eateries opened up, we started upto Edinburgh Castle at the top of the hill. (PHEW!! Boy are we out ofshape!!)Starting at the top of the Royal Mile, (oh, and a special thx to all those whosuggested that!) we walked castle parade grounds. We chose to take theaudio tour of the castle when we return to Edinburgh after our week upnorth. Edinburgh Castle Parade Grounds Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Next stop was Geoffrey (Tailor)Kiltmakers and Weavers just outsideThe Castle gates. For some reason,I could not get Reub interested ingetting a kilt. Personally, I think hewould look totally HOT in a kilt andjacket!I’ve never been a huge fan oftartans, but they had some reallybeautiful patterns. DAMN my woolallergy!!! Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • We meandered down the Royal Mile to see what was there. (BTW…The milelong road that stretches between Edinburgh Castle and the Holyrood Palaceactually changes names 4 times?!? What the…??) The street is full of littleshops selling kilts & cashmere scarves, museums of all sorts, oddball shops,cafes, and pubs. Each one with a personality all it’s own. The Royal Mile - The Royal Mile - Looking down Looking UpWe “took 5” on a bench and took the pix above. Across the street, we noticed ayoung street musician playing guitar and singing. I commented to Reub that ifhe started singing “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” I would fall off the bench laughing!!!(Those of you with us on our trip to Germany will understand that one.)Actually, we both broke out laughing at the prospect!! While exploring one of the many closes that run off the main street, we found this tiny door. Boy were they short back then!!! Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • FINALLY it was time to head to The Doric for lunch. We wound our way thru the streets,closes, and arcades to the pub. Built in the 17th century, adapted as a gastro-pub in the18th century, The Doric Tavern comprises the Doric Bar on Market Street and the DoricBistro on the floor above. Claiming to be the oldest gastro-pub in the area, we heardraves about it on the FoodNetwork. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Reub had his first dish of true UK fish & chips with mushy peas . Not a badplace to have your first try, tho. It was really, really good! Every time heturned his head, I’d find a way to steal a chip with tartar sauce. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • NEEPS and TATTIESI had my first taste of true Scottish Haggis Neeps & Tatties. Yes, I know whatyour are thinking… it looks like a cross between baby food and puke, and youwould be right. The taste, however, was fantastic… well, except for the orangegoo. Not too sure what that was, but it was not very nice. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • After lunch we continued down the Royal Mile. By this time, it was really getting to be ahoppin’ place. Lots of people. We couldn’t get over the ladies wearing some of the mostinappropriate high heels. On those cobble streets?!? REALLY???We got all the way down near Holyrood Palace when we saw the impressive Salisbury Crags.Reub and I were approximating at what point in that hike each of us would have our heart-attack! For logical reasons, we opted NOT to attempt the crag on our first day out. Reub’s Heart Attack Nancy’s Heart Attack Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The cliff face of Salisbury Crags looks down on Edinburgh like a grand fortress. Situated in Holyrood Park, lessthan a half-mile (1 km) southeast of Princes Street, the Crags represent the glaciated remains of a Carboniferoussill, injected between sedimentary rocks which formed in a shallow sea some 340 million years ago. Glacierssweeping outwards from the centre of Scotland have left a classic crag-and-tail, descending gently towardsArthurs Seat and Whinny Hill in the East. Salisbury Crags are of great significance in the development of moderngeology. At Huttons Section, the Edinburgh geologist James Hutton (1726-97) recognised that the rock nowforming the Crags had been injected in a molten state. He was able to use this evidence to disprove thesuggestion of the influential German, Abraham Werner, that all rocks had crystallised from a supposed primordialsea. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Looking back at the Royal Mile from the Salisbury Crags Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Palace of HolyroodhouseWe were unable to tourHolyroodhouse because theywere having a ‘do’ that day.We did, however, walk aroundthe perimeter to see it from allsides. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Palace of HolyroodhouseFounded as amonastery byDavid I, King ofScots in 1128, it hasserved as theprincipal residenceof the Kings andQueens of Scotlandsince the 15thcentury. QueenElizabeth II spendsone week inresidence atHolyrood Palaceat the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of officialengagements and ceremonies. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Making our way around the backside of Holyrood Palace we saw theruins of Holyrood Chapel where Mary, Queen of Scots married herhusband Lord Darnley1565. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Queen Mary’s Bath House… or not? Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • On the Hunt for Greyfriar’s Bobby Cemetery d oo y o H rlI was on a mission to locate Greyfriars Bobby. I knew it was near acemetery but was having a difficult time locating it on our map. Sincethere was a cemetery close to Holyroodhouse, we walked toward it.Worst case scenario: no Bobby, but an interesting cemetery toexplore. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • On the Hunt for Greyfriar’s BobbyThere was a very tallwall surrounding thecemetery with no wayto get in (insert “dyingto get in” joke here.) Asit turns out, this is theCalton New Cemetery.Not the one associatedwith Greyfriars Bobby.We could not get in fromhere so decided tocontinue back to themile. Too bad tho, wefound out later therewere interesting thingshere like….. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Calton New CemeteryA focal point of the graveyard, just in front ofHume’s tomb, this piece of statuary was erected in1893. It depicts a standing figure of AbrahamLincoln, with a freed slave giving thanks at his feet.A bronze shield bears the old US flag, and iswreathed in thistles to the left, and cotton to theright. Two regimental flags lay furled, the battlebeing over. The black man holds a book, indicatingthat he is not only free, he is also now educated.This was the first statue to an American Presidentin any country outside the USA. It is the only statueof Lincoln in Scotland, and the only monument tothe American Civil War outside the USA. Themonument was erected at American expense to asmall group of Scots (only one of whom, WilliamDuff, is buried under the monument, the rest beingnearby) to whom it felt indebted, and wished theirgraves to be marked, despite their later poverty.They had all fought for the Union (the North) in theAmerican Civil War. The inscription, "To preservethe jewel of liberty in the framework of Freedom" isa quotation from the writings of Abraham Lincoln. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • We continued up Calton Rd. and saw this building called ‘Studio 24’. Check out theweird things hanging on the building.Found out that this place is an alternative night club. Here is an interesting reviewabout it: “It is a grimy little club down around the back of Waverley but has someamazing club nights on and just is one of those filthy places that are awesome.” Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Back to the Royal MileKnowing we were on the wrong track to findBobby, we took this road back up to the RoyalMile. On the other side of the wall on the leftis another graveyard and just ahead of us isthe Old Tolbooth Wynd. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Back to the Royal Mile This close, built in 1591, takes its name from the Auld Tolbuith of the Canongate. Subsequent to its original function, the Tolbooth was the council chambers of the old Burgh of Canongate, a police court, and latter a prison. The turreted steeple and clock make this building instantly recognizable. The building now the Tolbooth Tavern and a houses which tells The museum Peoples Story. In doing so it provides the visitor with a fascinating insight to the sounds, sights and smells of life in the Citys past. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Canongate KirkJust east of the old Tolbooth Wynd, we decided tocheck out the Canongate Kirkyard.Opened in 1691 this 17thcentury kirk designedby James Smith is uniqueamong Scottish churchesof this period.Recently restored, it holdsa new Frobenius organ1000, which is the first inScotland. Buried in thekirkyard are severalfamous Scots… Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Canongate Kirkyard The church was founded in 1688 and completed in 1691. A large area of ground was purchased beyond that simply required for the erection of the church. This appears to have been used for burial immediately from the churchs foundation in 1688. This area is now fully occupied as a burial ground. The Canongate Churchyard is the resting place of several Edinburgh notables including the economist Adam Smith, the philosopher and Smiths biographer Dugald Stewart, Agnes Maclehose (the "Clarinda" of Robert Burns), David Rizzio, the murdered private secretary of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the poet Robert Fergusson, whose statue in bronze by David Annand stands outside the kirk gate. Bishop James Ramsay is also buried here. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Doctor Who Lands on the Royal Mile? Repurposed as a coffee shopA police box is a British telephone kiosk or callbox located in a public place for the use of members of thepolice, or for members of the public to contact the police. Unlike an ordinary callbox, its telephone islocated behind a hinged door so it can be used from the outside, and the interior of the box is, in effect, aminiature police station for use by police officers. Used in the UK since 1891, the iconic boxes underwentmay incarnations until they were phased out in the 1970’s.Today the image of the blue police box is widely associated with the BBC program “Doctor Who”, in whichthe protagonists time machine, a TARDIS, is in the shape of a 1960s British police box. In the context of aTARDIS, the image of the blue police box is a trademark of the BBC. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • WE HAVE DECLARED THAT IT IS BEER:30!! We stopped for a few at The Mitre Pub and spent a while resting and people watching. They had a cider on tap called “Aspall” which was the best one of the entire trip! MMMMMM… Tennant’s is my new favourite! Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • STILL BEER:30!!We wandered down another street and had one at The Malt Shovel. A real nice galbehind the bar suggested another bar to visit called The Banshee. She said that therewas a really cool room there that was actually part of the original catacombs. She also showed where there was a bead shop one block over from The Banshee and well as where Greyfriar’s Bobby was located. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Banchee LabyrinthI sent Reuben to The Banshee while I went over a block to check out the beadshop that didn’t exist. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Banchee LabyrinthReturning to The Banshee to meet up with Reub I found a …ehm …well …let’s just say, it was a rather gothic-style bar withsevere slant toward the S&M crowd. Needless to say, Reubenwas nowhere to be found in any of the inner catacombs.Wandering around in a place like that just before all the‘regulars’ started to get there is pretty interesting, I can evenimagine what it would be like during peek-time. Wait, makethat….I DON’T want to imagine that!!!I found Reub at the top of the streetlooking a little weirded-out. Did I see the original catacombs? Ehm……Yes I did…‘Nuf said. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Greyfriars BobbyIntent on visiting The Greyfriar’s Bobby Pub and the associated kirkyard, I dragged Reubaround the off-streets just north of Edinburgh Castle. (for those paying attention, that isactually back to the top of the Royal Mile…I can tell you, our dogs were barking!!)Completed in 1620, the structure holds a key role in thehistory of Scotland. This is where the National Covenantwas signed in 1638, marking the Protestant stand againstthe imposition of an Episcopal church by King Charles I.Despite many key historical happenings at The Greyfriar’s,it is mostly known for the story of a dog named Bobby.Bobby’s master was buried in the kirkyard behind the puband lived by the grave from his master’s death in 1858 untilhis own death in 1872. He was fed and watered by thepeople of the pub for as long as he lived in the kirkyard.Bobby was laid to rest in the kirkyard of his master and his statue stands outside the Greyfriar’s Kirk, just in front of the pub. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Story of Greyfriars BobbyBobby was a black Skye Terrier who belonged to John Gray, a night watchman for theEdinburgh City Police. Bobby and John were inseparable. They were both frequentvisitors to the café at #6 Greyfriars Place.When John died of tuberculosis in 1858, Bobby was two years old. John was buriedunceremoniously in Greyfriars Kirkyard in the old town of Edinburgh without agravestone. It is said that from then on, Bobby stayed in this graveyard guarding overhis master’s grave. He left the grave only for his midday meal at the same restaurant at#6 Greyfriars Place at the sound of the one o’ clock gun. The keeper of the graveyard,after many attempts to remove Bobby, gave up and finally provided a make shift shelter Bobbyspace for him next to John Gray’s grave. The dog soon became the talk of the town The restaurant was taken over by John Traill in 1862, as The Refreshment Rooms & Temperance Coffee House. The restaurant’s employees and clientele looked after Bobby and John Traill did not complain about the additional business that was drawn to his establishment. A by-law passed in 1862 dictated that dogs must have a license or they would be destroyed and Bobby was in danger of being put down in 1867 when Traill refused to pay for his license. Sir William Chambers (The Lord Provost of Edinburgh) paid Bobby’s license himself, and presented him with a collar with the brass inscription “Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed”. Bobby with the Bobby died in 1872 after fourteen years of Traill family standing vigil for his master, John Gray. Rightly so, everyone believed that Bobby should be buried near his master. However, he could not be buried within the kirkyard itself since it was regarded "consecrated" ground. To get around that, Bobby was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars kirkyard, about 75 yards from John Gray’s grave. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Story of Greyfriars Bobby A year after Bobby’s death, Baroness Burdett-Coutts was so moved by the story she financed the erection of a granite fountain and statue of Bobby in 1873. Designed as a water fountain for both humans and dogs, she dedicated it to John Traill “the kind friend of poor faithful Greayfriars Bobby.” Originally it was erected opposite the Kirkyard facing the graveyard. But later it was turned around, allegedly by the owner of the Greyfriars Bobby’s bar, so that the bar would appear in the background of the statue in the countless photographs people took of this faithful dog. A red granite stone was erected on Bobbys grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland, and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 MayBaroness Burdett-Coutts 1981. In a shrine-like manner, people have paid their respects with sticks (for Bobby to fetch) and occasionally dog toys, flowers etc. The headstone is engraved with these words which are apt: “Greyfriars Bobby – died 14th January 1872 – aged 16 years – Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all”. Great story, doncha think? Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Greyfriars KirkyardAfter an enjoyable pint in the pub, we strolledover to the Greyfriar’s kirkyard. In an odd twistof fate, after seeing a monument to a dog, Ifound myself having to remove doggie-poopiefrom my boot.It sure must have been from a large and healthypooch…It wouldn’t come off!! (Later thatevening found me in the loo of the hotel usingan extra toothbrush from the plane to get it off.) Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Greyfriars KirkyardSome that know us may be aware of our interestin old graveyards. Creepy, perhaps, but it is reallyinteresting to read about the people from theepitaphs on the stones. The engravings can bequite insightful and offer a small glimpse into thelife and times of the past.From the simple to the extravagant, we find it justfascinating to visit these hallowed grounds on abeautiful day like this. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • Rose StreetAfter the kirkyard, we trekked up and over High Street, back toRose Street to find a place for dinner. As we walked Rose Street,we couldn’t help but notice the beautiful mosaic roses thatdecorated the cobble street.Hmmmmm… I’m inspired. Who knowswhat sort of mosaics may show up in ourback yard! Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Milnes of Rose StreetWhat a dilemma! There are sooooo many restaurants and pubs on Rose Street tochoose from. We did get a couple of suggestions from one of the street performersso we picked one of them. Milnes of Rose Street pub.The building housing Milnes arrived with the first phase of Edinburghs New Townin about 1790. It started life as the home of an advocate, and later of two sisterswho worked as dressmakers. In 1880 it was purchased by John Norrie, achiropodist. In 1910 the companyLomond and Milne opened a spiritmerchants in the cellars here. By themid 1900s this had become a pub knownas Daddy Milnes. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • The Princes Lounge at the Mount RoyalAfter dinner we walked back to the hotel. Still spinningfrom the day, we decided to wind down in the hotel bar witha Stongbow and a Tennent. Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years
    • What a long day! Had soooo much fun, but it seemed somuch longer than a single day. WOW! Once back in theroom, and after cleaning my shoe, we checked the oldpedometer …29,932 steps! That’s 16 miles!!! OMG!!! End of Day Two Nanc & Reubie’s Trip to the UK A celebration of 20 & 50 years