The Dosseroo – 1

The Dosseroo was an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 1970s after a series of bushfires in the Australian outback killed them all in one short week. The animals were unable to outrun the fires, either through laziness, a basic lack of fitness, or an inability to motivate themselves to preserve their existence. TheContinue reading “The Dosseroo – 1”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 8

Continue away from The Royal Mile to find the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, with its shiny nose polished by good luck seekers, commemorating the Skye Terrier who may, or may not, depending on what story you believe, have sat by his master’s grave after his master died. Back in the direction of the Castle, CastlehillContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 8”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 7

Opposite St Giles is the building that was used as The Royal Exchange before becoming the City Chambers in 1811. It’s hard to believe now, but part of the building was built over the sealed-off remains of Mary King’s Close, an actual Old Town alley. This time capsule is now open to the public, whoContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 7”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6

Further up, High Street meets North Bridge which runs north over Waverley station to Princes Street, and South Bridge, which spans the Cowgate to the south. Further up on the right is Parliament Square, named after the old Parliament House which housed both the law courts and the old Parliament of Scotland between the 1630sContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6”

Rosslyn Chapel – 5

In 1736, Sir James Sinclair glazed the windows of the chapel for the first time as well as relaying the floor and repairing the roof. However, the chapel was still ruined and was visited in the next 100 years by, amongst others, Robert Burns, Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth, who found the chapel inspirational enoughContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 5”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 5

At the point where Canongate becomes High Street there once stood the Netherbow Port, a fortified gateway between Edinburgh and the Canongate, which was removed in 1764 to improve traffic flow – I was amazed when I read this as the reason as I tend to associate improving traffic flow with the late 20th Century.Continue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 5”

Rosslyn Chapel – 4

Other features worth finding are the angel with bagpipes, in the Lady Chapel near the Mason’s Pillar, the Fallen Angel on the eastern wall of the Lady Chapel, and the Lamb of God on the northern wall of the North Aisle, just to the left of the entrance from the Visitor Centre. This Lamb ofContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 4”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 4

On Canongate on the right, the People’s Story Museum is a museum housed in the historic Canongate Tolbooth. Their collection tells the story of the people of Edinburgh from the late 18th century to the present day through oral history, reminiscence and written sources. The museum also houses Britain’s largest collection of reform flags andContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 4”

Rosslyn Chapel – 3

There are depictions of Trillium, Indian Corn, and Aloe Vera indicating the sculptors of the chapel were familiar with these plants, even though Western Explorers weren’t supposed to have reached North America and India, where these plants originate, until at least 10 years after the carvings were crafted. There are also representations of an elephantContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 3”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3

To the south the view is of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags where energetic lunch-time athletes go running. Between the Parliament and the crags is Our Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of planet Earth and how our world works, how life has evolved and the future challenges faced by the planet.Continue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3”