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Edinburgh - Day 2
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I didn't hear any snoring last night thank goodness, and aside from waking up abruptly at 6:15am, I had a very welcome good night's sleep. We made it to breakfast here in the hotel by 8:30 or so, which was right before the rush, since as we left there was a long line to get in!

We started our day by walking through Princes Street Park to the Royal Mile, since we had originally planned on starting at the top of the hill at the castle, then heading down the hill of the Royal Mile to Holyrood House, then coming back via level Princes St. However, after finding a very cool graveyard at St Cuthberts (yes, copious photos!), we decided since it was hazy outside, we'd get better photos with the afternoon light on the city view from the castle. The Scotch Whisky Centre tour was first, where I learned plenty about whisky, me the non-whisky-drinker bought a few souvenirs myself, and even bought a tasting dram of Drambuie Black Ribbon (honey whisky liqueur)...yummy! :-9

After cruising down the Royal Mile, hearing a very cool brass quintet from St Petersburg on the street by St Giles Cathedral (I bought their pop/ragtime CD for £10 and tried my best "Spahceba/Cpeceva" - thank you in Russian), we toured Holyrood House and Abbey.

The Abbey and gardens were my favorite part of Holyrood House from my 1997 trip, and it was overcast that day back then, so I jumped at the chance for lots of digital photos this time. :) By then it was around 3pm, and we knew the castle closed at 6pm, so we were headed back through town again. We found Cartlon Hill, with another graveyard with a spectacular view of Holyrood from afar, and one more "Old Carlton Graveyard" on another hill until we got down to Princes Street Park again, then crossed over into the Royal Mile again and up to Edinburgh Castle.

The castle was as impressive as always, perched at the highest point of the city on a natural cliff. We knew the Edinburgh International Festival closing fireworks were tonight at 9pm, since there have been signs everywhere, and we were looking forward to seeing them, but we didn't know they were shooting them from the castle! That meant the spot mrmouse really wanted to take his photo was occupied by all the fireworks staging, cordoned off by "Danger - Live Fireworks!" signs. Not all was lost, though, since at the very top of the hill was still a very nice view, and castle employee Andrew was not only gracious enough to take several photos of us, but was able to tell us a better route from the castle back to our hotel. :)

After dropping off our souvenirs plus a short rest at the hotel, it was back to the Royal Mile yet again for another pub dinner, haggis required! ;) We found it at the Alderach, we both had the haggis main course, and we shared spotted dick with custard for dessert, just making to the edge of the Princes Street Bridge in time for the fireworks. Packed in with the huge crowd, it was fabulous to see fireworks over a real castle - not Disneyland! ;)

Tomorrow we're off to Torridon, which will be a very long drive, probably with a stop in Inverness before we get there...wish us luck driving! ;)

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Good Stuff!

Sounds like you two are having a fabulous time! The weather looks much better now then it was when we were there last year - lucky for you! Pics are cool - looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip!

Be Safe!


Imagineer who designed Disneyland castle is dead

Odd that you mentioned Disneyland:


Fred Joerger 1913-2005

Los Angeles Times
Published September 6, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Fred Joerger, an Illinois-born master modelmaker who helped create the look of Disneyland by molding Sleeping Beauty Castle and other attractions in miniature, has died. He was 91.

"He provided the foundations of the park. All of the things that help give it that weird sense of reality are Fred's doing," said Jim Hill, who has tracked Disney history for 25 years. "And this was before computers. The only tool he had at that point was a slide rule."

The first model Mr. Joerger made for Disneyland was of the steamboat Mark Twain. Three-dimensional renderings of Main Street, the Jungle Cruise, the Matterhorn and much of the rest of the original Disneyland followed, his niece said.

"Guys like Fred were kind of the heroes of the next generation of Imagineers," said Kevin Rafferty, a senior show writer and director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Mr. Joerger also became a field art director, making sure that such rides as Pirates of the Caribbean and Submarine Voyage achieved the look that Disney's staff envisioned.

Walt Disney found his oversight on Pirates so crucial that he had Mr. Joerger flown from Burbank to Orange County every day for nine months because Disney didn't want Mr. Joerger stressed by freeway traffic, said Harriet Burns, another original image engineer who worked with Joerger for 31 years.

Mr. Joerger became known for his skill with forced perspective, a technique that can make objects appear smaller--or as was usually the case at Disneyland--larger.

"He could put together a pile of cement and steel beams, knowing you would look at it at a certain angle and you would think it was twice as big as it really was," Hill said.

Examples of his faux-stone work can be seen at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Tom Sawyer's Island, the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.


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