Ah my little trip to Edinburgh, where to begin? I took a thousand pictures (literally, a thousand, 1208 to be exact) and I can definitely say that the whole trip is something I’m very proud of. I’m proud of myself that I finally stepped out of my comfort zone, traveled alone and actually really enjoyed it. Traveling was actually on my ‘to do-list’ for 2013 and I can already cross that off my list! I definitely want to travel more now and I’m glad to have found out that traveling alone is actually quite nice. So who knows, maybe I’ll just plan another trip this year! :) Now I’m home again I have to say that my little town is actually a bit disappointing. I miss Edinburgh already!
So coming up: a thousand posts ;) But I’ll start with a post about my favourite place in Edinburgh: Arthur’s Seat. This was definitely a highlight! The nature was absolutely beautiful, so was the view, but it was also very hard. I had already walked for hours when I started the climb the hill and I already was tired. But then I also decided to take shortest (and thus steepest/hardest!) cuts so I’d get there faster because I’m impatient like that. BOY did I know! I totally knew how Frodo & Sam felt after climbing Mount Doom. I FEEL YOU GUYS! My knees are still sore from the climb, I’m not even kidding haha. But it was all very worth it and I’m glad I went through with it :) When I was on the top it was soooo windy I hardly dared to take pictures because I was so afraid to lose my balance! But still, amazing!
A little information (thanks to Wikipedia!):
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”. It is situated in the centre of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 250.5 m (822 ft), provides excellent panoramic views of the city, is relatively easy to climb, and is popular for hillwalking. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the east, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch.
Many claim that its name is derived from the myriad legends pertaining to King Arthur, such as the reference in Y Gododdin.
Arthur’s Seat is often mentioned as one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary castle and court of the Romano-British warrior-chief, King Arthur.
Tradition has it that it was at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, covered by the forest of Drumselch, that Scotland’s 12th-century king David I of Scotland encountered a stag while out hunting. Having fallen from his horse and about to be gored, he had a vision of a cross appearing between the animal’s antlers, before it inexplicably turned away, leaving him unharmed. David, believing his life had been spared through divine intervention, founded Holyrood Abbey on the spot. The burgh arms of the Canongate display the head of the stag with the cross framed by its antlers.
This song (basically the whole LOTR/Hobbit-soundtrack!!) was my jam while climbing this hill ;)
When I was almost at the top, I was exhauuuuuusted by then! So I decided to take a very charming picture ;)
Pictures taken with my Canon EOS 7D & Sigma 18-50mm 2.8