Wednesday, July 3, 2013

UK TRIP #6: Edinburgh Castle, Foog's Gate (and 2 short 60 second video tours)


On day two in Edinburgh, Scotland we started the day with a tour through Edinburgh Castle. The castle is located high atop the volcanic Castle Rock overlooking the city, and can be seen anywhere in Edinburgh.
   As we approached the castle, I (Rob) took a short video. There was apparently a military "tattoo" or performance in front of the castle, so the entry court was filled with spectator stands. 
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SOME CASTLE HISTORY - 
According to Wikipedia, the first habitation of the site was in the ninth century B.C. The castle existed since at least the 12th century when David the first reigned.   The castle continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.  By the 17th century its principal role was as a military base with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognized from the 19th century.
    Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions.

Tom and Rob doing the audio tour




View of Edinburgh and North Sea from the Castle





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 WHAT IS "FOOG'S GATE"? -  We liked the name of this gate, and found out that it was the principle gate to the Upper Ward of the castle. The origin of the name and date of its construction are unknown, however. It sounds like "Foog" could've been the name given to a big, goofy guy, in my opinion!

The perimeter wall on either side was built during King Charles II reign (1649-85) to bolster the castle's defenses.

Because it takes you into the upper part of the castle, we took a short video there. 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14