Saturday, June 27, 2009

Edinburgh Trip

Scotland is a nice place. Really.

Despite strong winds, and pouring rain throughout the year. *meh~~ goes the sheep*

Scotland is indeed a lovely place with loads of beautiful buildings. This was especially evident to me especially when i visited Edinburgh!

See, where in Malaysia could we find such a nice building? LOL~ (I know we've got nice buildings like the twin towers and all, but it's a different type of beauty ;p)

And of course, a trip wouldn't be complete without a group of great and fun friends to be with. We soaked ourselves with a good dose of sunlight, and we simply love the green plains they have around here in Scotland.

And of course, a good tour guide who did a through research on Edinburgh till 3am for us, and not to mention his services were free of charge, made it an enjoyable and informative trip^^

Our great tour guide, Ka Keat (our senior who'd be back in Malaysia in a week's time), giving us a detailed explanation on the train which would bring passengers on a "magical-harry-potter" ride.

We went to several places in Edinburgh, and the first stop was Calton Hill where we got to admire Scotland's National monument.

A little information to those who are interested: (or you could jz go to wikipedia ;p)

"Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline.

The acropolis is in fact an unfinished monument - originally called the "National Monument". Initiated in 1816, a year after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, it was meant to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, as a memorial to those who had died in the Napoleonic Wars.

Building began in 1822, but funds ran dry and celebrated Edinburgh architect William Playfair only saw a facade of his building completed. It was dubbed "Edinburgh's shame", but it's now a popular landmark and it's a lot of fun crawling up and down its giant steps. Plans since to complete the building never really get much support."

Next, we visited the Museum of Childhood. It had 5 galleries for vieiwing, ranging from creepy dolls, to toys like the ancient snake and ladders, and even a black and white mickey cartoon. Admission was free, and it was rather fun (despite the fact that they had a very creepy looking puss in boots. *Peas don't like scary looking cats*)

From there, we walked to another tourist attraction called Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Yes, we visited a graveyard. And we were pleasantly surprised that it doesn't give a creepy feeling at all, in fact it was a lovely place to take a photo of my new bought shoes. It was only 6.45 pounds >.<

Anyways, what's so special about the graveyard that we had to visit it?

It's because of a very special dog called Greyfriars Bobby.

The famous Skye Terrier, was so devoted to his master John Gray, even in death, for fourteen years Bobby lay on the grave only leaving for food.

After that we visited the castle, and a few other attractions in Edinburgh (Peas' getting a little too lazy to edit pics, so i'm skipping straight to the part where we went to Camera Obscura)

Camera Obscura means veiled chamber, and it's actually a tourist attraction in Edinburgh. We paid 6.75 pounds to enter, and was greeted by funny mirrors and many MANY other entertaining tricks. The tagline for the place is

"where seeing, is NOT believing"

They had pretty cool illusions using mirrors, 3D hollograms, interesting machines like this, which made me turn into a chimp as well as a manga girl^^

An interesting picture which I absolutely love is this. >.<
*makes a lot of sense right?*

Anyways, overall, that was towards the end of the one-day trip to Edinburgh. There's a pretty church with beautiful painted glass, but I shall end here with this jump-shot of all the girls who went~~

till the next trip~


ah ken said...

let's spot the 'not girl' in jumping girls photo..

WenYi said...

hahaha....not a girl, there's only one

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