Here comes a blog post replete with pictures!
Today I climbed up Calton Hill, overlooking Edinburgh. There are several monuments atop the hill, as well as stunning views of the city.
Monument to Dugald Stewart. A philosopher. (Scotland is full of them. Another reason why I love being here!)
Overlook of the city (but the clouds are actually my favorite part of this one).
THIS. If there was no other reason, this is why I love Scotland. It says: “To the memory of Vice-Admiral Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson and of the great victory of Trafalgar, too dearly purchased with his blood, the grateful citizens of Edinburgh have erected this monument: not to express their unavailing sorrow for his death, not yet to celebrate the matchless glories of his life, but by his noble example, to teach their sons to emulate what they admire and, like him, when duty requires it, to die for their country.”
Nelson’s monument (also the one pictured in the dramatic clouds picture).
This is Arthur’s Seat, an inactive volcano (with apparently a fairly brutal hike to get to the top. Which I plan on conquering at some point).
Mainly what I’ve gathered is the Scots like to commemorate things. Monuments, festivals, ceremonies…and I love it. Scotland makes my heart sing every day. 🙂