Monday, October 19, 2015

Edinburgh Walking Tour

We finally saw our first piper, working a busy corner for tips.

Only in Scotland!

The start of the Royal Mile

St. Giles Cathedral, which isn't actually a cathedral but a Presbyterian Church

The city is full of statues of all kinds,
but this was the one Clay wanted a picture with. 
Edinburgh Castle perched upon Castle Rock

Greyfriars Kirkyard
(The building on the right--The Elephant House Cafe--
 is where J.K. Rowling wrote the first of the Harry Potter books.)

This would have been similar to J.K. Rowling's view from the cafe.
It is said that the school in the distance is what she used
as the inspiration for the creation of Hogwart's.
She also borrowed a few names off some of the gravestones for some of the characters.

Mortsafes, such as this, were used in Greyfriars to deter body snatching,
which was quite popular in the 18th and 19th centuries,
 due to an overwhelming need of the medical department
at Edinburgh University for bodies to dissect.

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