Friday Faves -Edition 39

Friday Faves – Edition 39

Friday!

It’s that day of the week where I share some of favorite highlights from the week. It’s also the time when I try to catch you up on what my week has been like. Sometimes it’s one of those weeks where this time of reflecting on the good really helps shift the focus from the things during the week that were…how should I put it?…crap.

I thought I’d share some of the not so awesome happenings as well, since I’m working hard at keeping it real.

Tuesday and Thursday were migraine days for me. I don’t know my triggers, but I try to avoid most common triggers. My migraines start with an aura that usually last about 20 minutes. Two ibuprofen usually staves off the pain, but not the nausea and brain fog. I am lucky in that I can still go about and function during my day, albeit at a slower pace. What I cannot do with the dull ache and other symptoms is go for a run. Remembering that I have a goal of participating in my first 5k before the end of 2017, this is an annoyance. Tuesday and Thursday are my running days. The hubby and I joked that I must be allergic to running since those were my migraine days. I suspect it had more to do with the gray, rainy weather.

I’ve lived in 8 homes over the past 18 years and have never had a broken window…until this week. At the moment, the hole is tape closed while we assess the best path to repair. It’s double-paned and both panes are broken and is added to the growing list of household things that need repaired.

Not to be outdone by the window, the refrigerator decided that this morning one of the shelf holders on the door would break. Not the shelf, mind you… I’ve already replaced one of those and it’s broken again…no the actual plastic part of the fridge that the shelf slides down into. If you’ve followed my blog since the beginning (January of 2016) then you already know that was when I bought this fridge. We ended up with one similar to the one I mention in that postit just has french doors instead. Anyway! Why in the world are appliances…major appliances…made to break so easily. Oh..I know…but I digress.

So now that you know my pain, you can see why I really need to share some good!

I did make sure to take the time to pamper myself in the midst of a chaotic week. Afternoon coffees or sometimes smoothies (you’ll see smoothies feature prominently in my November Challenge this week. I needed easy).

I also needed to break things up with some laughter. Both Joey and Mackenzie have commented on how insanely hard it is to open the Talenti gelato jars. And they aren’t the only ones. I’ve been admiring the little tubs for some time at my grocery store so I decided it might be funny to record my process of opening it.

How did it turn out?

Watch and see…

I still find it funny because I was expecting something totally different.

I wish I could join everyone in their love of gelato and I’m sure it tastes amazing…if you like milk.

Well, duh! It’s made from milk. I can have milk in recipes, but I can’t stand the taste of milk. It’s probably my body’s way of getting me to avoid it since I have some level of lactose intolerance. The gelato was tasty, but the milky aftertaste required water to wash it away. Oh well… more for ya’ll!

I found these cute votive candle holders that are bark and steel. They seems so perfect for the autumn weather. They actually reside on the fireplace mantle, but I needed them closer together for photographic purposes.

I also had to do an order of some clothes for the boys. Mr D.’s jeans were getting too short and Big Mr. had worn all of the life out of his. Given his inseam, we have to order them for Big Mr. In case you’re wondering about some jeans for a 6’6″ man with thighs like tree trunks… the only ones he’s been happy with are American Eagle’s Original Straight Extreme Flex Jeans. The extra give in the thighs mean that it will actually go over his leg. We found them when he was 6’4″ and have been buying them since. Of course, if I’m going to do an order.. I needed to see if there was anything that I wanted.

I did need some jeggings. I wore them in Europe and Scotland and was happy enough with them to invest in some more. I buy my jeans in long. I prefer a little cuff with the boots. The regular length comes above my ankle and I know some people love a crop jean.

I just cannot do it.

After spending my entire life with jeans that were too short (because they didn’t come in different lengths when I was in high school) and opting to wear men’s Levi’s in college just I could have a longer inseam, I have the hardest time with buying jeans that are too short.

The kimono was a bonus. It was just too cute. It’s one size fits all so I suspect Miss Sunshine might steal borrow it on occasion.

I had a vision for this photo since, unlike in my teens and early 20’s, I don’t enjoy being in front of the camera. Instead, you get a post-Pilates topknot and I’m wearing sunglasses because I don’t have time to put on makeup.

Always keepin’ it real (my words…there is a filter…it’s freezing cold and I tried to tone down the red in my face. It didn’t really work. No. Don’t go back up and check for the redness).

Miss Sunshine and I head down to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for her final fall soccer tournament. It’s supposed to be cold! Like brrr… cold. I will be packing the gloves, beanie, down coat, and afghan for sideline living.

The band I found this week is a duo with a love story that would make you swoon. They “met” while perusing Soundcloud. Originally they thought they’d collaborate musically, but they also fell in love and end up married. Oh yeah… and they have amazing voices!

I hope that you have an amazing weekend!

Be on the lookout for a post on how my October Challenge went.

The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was. -Atticus

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

 

Doors of the Royal Yacht Britannia

Doors of the Royal Yacht Britannia

Royal Yacht Brittania.

When I shared some photographs from my time at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh in this post, I also mentioned that we had purchased the 48-hour Royal Edinburgh ticket for the hop-on hop-off bus tours.

We went that route because it included fast track admission into Edinburgh Castle, The Palace Of Holroodhouse, and The Royal Yacht Britannia.

The first two places were already on our itinerary to visit so the Royal Yacht Britannia was a bonus that we were squeezing in to the day.

We decided that meant that we would catch the first bus there. We were staying at Princes Street Suites, which is located at 16 Waterloo Place, so it was walkable to the bus tour which departs from Waverley Bridge. We grabbed a breakfast sandwich to go from Rabbie’s Cafe Bar (many tours of Scotland depart from here) which was just down the street at 6 Waterloo Place. It was a gray, drizzly morning in Scotland as we made our way to Waverly Bridge.

The Majestic Tour line is the bus that will take you to Leith where the Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed. Along the way you will see parts of the city that you might not have if you were just walking around the Royal Mile area of Edinburgh. The glimpse that I had of the Royal Botanic Garden as we passed looked like it would have been a beautiful place to visit.

The entrance to the Royal Yacht Britannia tour is housed inside the Ocean Terminal on the second floor.

There is an audio tour which is offered in 30 languages. My mother and aunt had a good laugh when the gentleman handing out the listening devices asked me “German?”. My DNA is 79% British…plus I can only speak English and bits of Spanish. I’m pretty sure he heard the German family behind us talking and was just trying to be proactive. I felt bad that he was embarrassed by his mistake. I thought it was sweet that he was being helpful.

While the Royal Yacht Britannia wasn’t originally on our list due to our limited time in Scotland, its impressiveness did not disappoint.

Today, let’s see some of the doors I passed through while walking along the tour

Because who doesn’t love a wooden door and porthole windows!

The recommended time is 2-3 hours to do the tour. We may have done it in less as we had a very full day planned.

The Britannia was launched on April 16, 1953. It served the Royal Family for over 44 years and traveled over a million miles.

The tour covers the Britannia’s five main decks.

It begins at the Bridge, meanders through the State Apartments, then on to the Crew’s Quarters, and finishes at the Engine Room.

The Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997. Its decommissioning also marked the end of a long tradition of British Royal Yachts, dating back to 1660 and the reign of Charles I.

Have you toured the Britannia?

It’s listed as Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction.

I’d love to hear what you thought.

If you enjoy doors, hop over to Norm’s (host of Thursday Doors) blog and be sure to check back as I share more photos from my tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Let your light shine!

Amy

In the Shadow of Sacre Coeur

In The Shadow Of Sacre Coeur

Sacré Cœur.

35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre.

After a morning spent making our way to some shops on rue d’Hauteville in Paris, we realized that if we had traveled all this way that we should continue on to see Sacré Cœur.

We had already covered 2.2 km (1.37 miles) making our way from the hotel to the area where we shopped, so while the hubby knew how far we needed to walk, I left it nebulous to the teenagers. They are more action-oriented than sight-seeing oriented and I knew the basilica wouldn’t be high on the list if they knew that there was still 2.0 km (1.24 miles) or around 30 minutes more walking on top of the 30+ minutes they’d already done.

After some “how much farther” and “are we there yet” questions (yes, even teenagers still ask that question. To be fair…so do some adults), we finally arrived at Boulevard de Rouchechouart and got a peek of Sacré Cœur rising up on the Butte Montmartre located in the 18th arrondissement.

Sacré Cœur is a Roman Catholic Church and minor basilica.

The basilica was designed by architect Paul Abadie and six other architects succeeded him to complete the building. The architectural style is Romano-Byzantine.

The first stone was laid in 1875 and although the basilica was ready to be consecrated in 1914, World War I put that on hold and it was consecrated on October 16, 1919.

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The exterior travertine stone is known as Château-Landon. It exudes calcite upon contact with rainwater, which is how the basilica stays so white.

Sacre Couer in Montmartre with carousel in foreground

Be forewarned that if you decide to walk along the area in front of Sacré Cœur, you will likely be harassed by scam artists known as “string men”. We were familiar with many of the talked about scams in Paris, but had not heard of this one. It is very obvious that there must be an underlying scam and we were very direct in saying “no thank you”. However, these men were especially keen to try to prey on my 15 and 17 year old sons by appealing to the fact that my boys are friendly. One tried to fist bump the 15 year old and as he went to oblige, the man opened his hand as if to handshake instead and began to place the string. I turned and pulled my son away, again saying “no thank you”.

It left a sour taste in your mouth that it did not end. Others would continue to come up and tried to talk to my sons when they weren’t standing right beside us. Originally, I wasn’t the least bit worried about harassment of my sons since they stand at 6’6″ and over 6′, and while the men were not aggressive (in a hostile way), they were unrelenting.

There were no police around to create a presence that would perhaps eliminate the harassment.

But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from enjoying the beauty of Sacré Cœur.

Even though everyone was tired, I coerced them into climbing the stairs and getting a closer view of the basilica.

We did not go inside the basilica. We climbed to the balcony above the crowds picnicking on the lawn.

The views of the city were breathtaking.

At one point while the hubby and I were taking selfies and Miss Sunshine was capturing the city views, the boys sat down near the lawn below and listened to a gentleman playing his guitar.

It was a resplendent spring afternoon in Paris.

The beauty of the basilica more than made up for our tired feet.

I can still remember that day so clearly.

Walking along the streets of Paris, hunting a little boutique for Mr. D to buy his girlfriend a present.

Deciding that I,too, must have a present and finding a bangle bracelet in a little shop along rue d’Hauteville.

Watching my teens stroll along drinking their sugar laden Starbucks fraps.

Holding my husband’s hand in Paris.

Climbing the stairs of Montmartre.

Taking in all its beauty.

From here we would make our way to my one requested stop… Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore in the heart of Paris

… but not before getting off at the wrong stop along the way.

Each moment a memory.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things- Kurt Vonnegut quote with daisies in the background

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

Recipes Tried in November Round 1

Recipes Tried in November – Round 1

November Challenge.

Even though we are only 6 days into November, I’m still excited that my November Challenge is going well.

Since my review of making a recipe a day would be a rather cumbersome read at the end of 30 days, I thought that I’d break it into smaller posts and fill you in on how it’s going along the way.

Indoor lighting and food photography are both areas in which I’ve spent little time, perhaps I’ll get the hang of it by the end.  I still prefer outdoor lighting if I can manage to take the finished product out to photograph!

I’ll be including the Pinterest link to the recipes that I’ve made and will include what changes or substitutions I made, along with my general thoughts on the recipe.

Ready?!

November 1st.

Colada Morada

I mentioned in Friday’s post, that the process of making it had some interesting mishaps.

The reason that I started the month with this recipe is because Miss Sunshine was bringing this for her Spanish Class party.

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a holiday similar to All Saint’s Day. It is a time of remembrance of friends and family who have died. The recipe that she signed up to make is actually an Ecuadorian recipe and they celebrate Dia de los Difuntos, or Day of the Deceased, and it is celebrated on November 2nd, the day of her class party.

Finding the ingredients was not an easy matter. We do not have many nearby Latin groceries. After two specialty grocery stores and a Latin grocery, I made substitutions to part of the recipe.

I could not find lemongrass leaves or lemon verbena leaves, so I substituted the zest of 1 lemon along with 1/8 tsp of ginger. I did not find cinnamon flower. I omitted the star anise. I do have star anise extract from a recipe Mr. D made for Spanish Class. It smells like black licorice, which we did not enjoy.

I also substituted passion fruit juice for the narinjilla. The recipe does list this as a possible substitution and I purchased it at the Latin grocery store.

The last substitution I didn’t know was a substitution.  I got very excited that the Latin grocery store had Azul (Blue) corn flour. I thought I was looking for Purple or Blue (not black).

The recipe took me close to 2 hours to prepare. Interestingly, this was for a grade in Spanish Class. Miss Sunshine was toward the end of the line for sign-ups, hence the intricate recipe. While I was working my way through the recipe, I was quite jealous of those who signed up to bring cups.

Colada Morada is a spiced berry drink. It has a thickened consistency. Miss Sunshine likens it to a ketchup consistency. I’m not sure if that’s accurate or if smoothie might be a better word.

I found it to be quite tasty. Miss Sunshine didn’t love it. However, our connoisseur of all drinks sugar, Mr. D, said that it was so good that he might have to drink the entire pitcher.

Assessment: Win

November 2nd.

Mexican Rice.

When Miss Sunshine got home from school, she mentioned that somebody had brought in Mexican Rice and that it was sooo tasty. We were having tacos for dinner and I decided the rice would be a perfect complement.

She mentioned the tasty rice was yellow. Not one recipe I found for Mexican Rice was going to produce yellow rice, but I forged ahead.

I made no substitutions to this recipe. The rice was a little stickier than I would have liked, but overall it was good.

I am not a big fan of rice, but am trying to find recipes that can make me a fan. The hubby and Mr. D liked the rice. As I suspected, Miss Sunshine did not. She is not a fan of tomato-based foods (yes, she eats ketchup… but no, she does not like spaghetti or pizza).

Assessment: Meh

November 3rd.

Key Lime Protein Smoothie.

When I saw this recipe, I thought… yum, yum, yum!

I love Key Lime Pie.

If you don’t make it yourself and you’re ever in Florida… Publix grocery store makes the best Key Lime Pies. They also make amazing sub sandwiches in their deli

….makes me miss home.

My food processor has a juicer attachment, otherwise you might go through tons of limes (I don’t have access to key limes in Virginia, just regulars) to get to 3/4 cup. I used 4 limes.

My consistency looked pretty watery so I added more ice. It still did not look like the author of the recipe’s photo.

After I photographed it (paper straws, ya’ll…still avoiding plastic straws), I had my first taste.

It was so sour that I could feel my stomach puckering from the tartness. There was no way that I could drink the entire thing with it tasting like that. I added some more almond milk and it did not cut it enough. I had spent $3 just on limes, there was no way that I was dumping this thing out. I added 2 Tbsp of Almond Butter and that cut down the tartness enough to make it palatable.

Conceptually, I love the thought of this smoothie. I will probably tweak it more (way less lime, maybe some banana to thicken….) until I find a version that I love.

Assessment: Fail, but hope for the future.

November 3rd.

Spaghetti Squash with Bacon, Spinach, and Goat Cheese.

I felt bad that the smoothie was only for me, so I decided to make a second recipe that day. Only the hubby and I ate it. The boys weren’t home and Miss Sunshine refused on the grounds that she thought it looked gross.

I followed the recipe, but used feta instead of goat cheese. I tried goat cheese once long ago and didn’t like it. I would not have ruled out trying it on a portion of this meal, but the store I was at did not have goat cheese so that ruled that out.

I also used more feta than the recipe calls for. Probably about 3 1/2 oz instead of 2 oz. Why? Because I love cheese.

The hubby and I love, love, loved this. We will be adding this to our dinner lists.

Assessment: Major Win.

November 4th.

Zucchini Fritters and Creamy Lemon Aioli.

The hubby had to go out looking at cars with Mr. D so I took Miss Sunshine to her soccer game. The town is about an hour and 45 minute drive from us and the game was in the middle of the afternoon. It was raining on the drive there. It started raining again during the last 25-30 minutes of the game. While I was lucky to be under an umbrella, wearing my Hunter rain boots, and covered with an afghan throw (since it was about 45°F), Miss Sunshine was playing in the pouring rain. They beat the other team 10-0 and finished their season in first place in their league.

To warm our insides, we stopped at Starbucks on the drive out of that town. Miss Sunshine got Hot Chocolate and I opted for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. We both ordered them “No Whip Cream”. We could see that hers did have it and had them scoop it out. I could not tell if mine had melted or if it had been made correctly. We order them “No whip cream” because the whip cream causes a tickle in the throat and (at least for me) that tickle creates heart flutters. I still don’t know if there was whip cream in it or if something else in the pumpkin spice (I don’t drink fancy coffee often) triggered it, but I had an issue with the drink.

The last thing I wanted to do after driving 2 more hours in the rain and feeling off was make a giant recipe. I followed the recipe on the fritters, except that I fried them in avocado oil. I had leftover cilantro and I love cilantro so I used that instead of parsley in the aioli.

The hubby and I ate them for dinner. In the future I would use them as an appetizer or a side, which was my original intention… but, you know….tired. He didn’t love the aioli. It wasn’t anything about the recipe. I just don’t think he would love aioli unless it was used on shrimp or something similar. I’m often not a fan of mayonnaise based dips. I did like the dip, but would have liked multiple dip choices for the fritters.

Assessment: Try again and with differing dips.

November 5th.

Whole Wheat Butternut Squash Banana Bread.

This was the recipe that I was originally going to make the day before.

I roasted my own butternut squash and made a puree (my squash took closer to an hour to be tender). I could not find Whole Wheat White Flour. After some digging, I found a post where the author had reached out to King Arthur Flour (which is the brand that I happen to use) to find the difference. The difference is in the type of wheat berry that is used and would be a lighter colored flour. It stated that they could be used interchangeably in recipes so I used Whole Wheat Flour.

I also made my own pumpkin pie spice, since I already had all the spices needed. The oven was already preheated to 350°F for the bread, so I put the crushed walnuts in the oven while I mixed up the other ingredients. I haven’t toasted nuts before, but I put them in for about 10-12 minutes. Being toasted definitely added to the overall taste.

Breads are where my love of recipes reside. My paternal grandmother taught me to make banana bread when I was young. I learned over time how the batter should look in order to create the bread with the perfect level of moistness. How to know when the bread was done. To savor the scent as it wafted through the kitchen. To taste the balance of sweet, but not too sweet, in the warm, buttered slice. To feel a sense of pride when my family devoured the bread and proclaimed its appetizing appeal.

Banana bread is still my go-to bread of choice, but I do enjoy branching out and trying other creations.

I found this recipe to be delectable!

Assessment: Win. To be added to my breads recipes.

 

Did any recipes catch your eye?

Any that you might be tempted to try?

Stay tuned for the future rounds of recipe trials!

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Let your light shine!

Amy

Friday Faves – Edition 38

It’s Friday!

I hope that you all have had an amazing week. Mine has been jam packed.

I’ve had deadlines for Big Mr.’s Senior year. I had to pull together his Senior Ad… which meant finding the photos I wanted and, because I’m Amy, I had to hunt and hunt and hunt for the perfect quote. I also had to order graduation announcements and his cap and gown.

Eek! It’s happening too fast.

I’m a serious procrastinator, but deadlines are always met. I work pretty well at crunch time. That’s why my house is always cleanest before I host people.

Perhaps I should host more people and then my house might stay clean…. Hmmm?

We made a round #2 attempt at the Haunted Farm for Miss Sunshine’s 14th birthday (which meant the house was reasonably clean two weekends in a row!).

The hubby and I went with Miss Sunshine and 6 others girls.

The boys had been the week before so they forewarned about the area that might trigger my claustrophobia.

…and it did.

If you look up Haunted House props, they are literally called claustrophobic tunnels! I kept my arms fully extended like a victory sign to keep it off of my face. I was doing okay

…sort of. Then the line ahead got backed up and I was stuck in the tunnel. It was pitch black and I had no idea if I was 3/4 of the way through or only 1/8 of the way through. I just focused on keeping breath calm and made it through!

The rest was mostly creepy, but induced no sense of panic.

Miss Sunshine had a soccer game early the next day, so no sleepover.

There was some pumpkin carving over the weekend. Miss Sunshine carved the first two, Mr. D’s girlfriend caved the third, and Mr. D carved the last.

We couldn’t put them out the first night because a cold front was blowing in and it was super windy.

They looked nice out and festive out on the front porch.

While the teens were carving pumpkins, the hubby and I drove up to Roanoke Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was very blustery and the temperature was dropping, but I wanted to capture some of the fall colors.

I shared one of my favorite shots in Wednesday’s post.

This was the first year that we did not have a child to take out trick-or-treating. We opted to stay home and watch Stranger Things. Miss Sunshine really wanted to dress Maverick up for his first Halloween. She found her Halloween costume from a few years ago (she covered a set of scrubs to look blood covered and splattered blood across her face.)

I was surprised by how content he was wearing clothes. The hubby is always saying that Maverick wants to be a real boy…

Do you celebrate Halloween?

Do you still dress up?


This week also was the start of the November Challenge.

Here’s an idea of how Day 1 went….

Yeah, that berry mixture was on my shirt, splattered across my face, on the other side of the counter almost to the back door. There are still remnants on my laptop. It really was only a tiny amount, but liquid has a way of spreading!

The recipe also called for cinnamon sticks. They were jammed so tightly in the bottle that I tried to pry them out with a spoon. The jar broke and cut my hand. It was a tiny cut, but still!

It turned out tasty though. Which is more than I can say for today’s recipe!

I will probably do reviews of the recipes that I’ve tried a few times over the month and then do the overview at the beginning of December. I think trying to cover 30 recipes in one post may be a little too much.

I don’t get to Target as often as I’d like because it isn’t as close as where I lived in Florida. However, I do love the Method hand soaps and All-purpose cleaners.

I am picky about smells so I am that crazy lady who removes lids on cleaners, candles, and deodorants to make sure that the smell doesn’t make me ill.

I thought this limited edition was a great collaboration. It features designs by artists at Creative Growth, a non-profit arts center for adults with disabilities. I ended up purchasing the cloud faces because the scent is Vanilla Sky.

After the remodeling of the front entry decking, we needed a new entry mat. The old one had long ago outlived its lifespan. It was here when I bought the house and I’ve been in the house for four years. I’m a believer in taking the time to find what you like and so we’ve been some time without a front mat. Over the weekend, I finally came across this one and moved one step closer to completion of the feeling that I want to convey as somebody come to my front door.


Since I look for meditation music on YouTube, it was a little harder to sift through and find a new song this week. I’ve shared this singer in a post a couple months ago, but I think his new song is so good. It’s about being there for somebody… really being there when things aren’t going well…leaving a light on for that person

…perhaps being that light.

I hope you have some beautiful weather this weekend and are able to go out and see the magnificence that nature has to offer.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the the mirror reflecting it. -Edith Wharton

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

Prisons of War Exhibition Edinburgh Castle

Prisons of War Exhibition – Edinburgh Castle

Prisons of War.

One of the exhibitions at Edinburgh Castle is Prisons of War.

It’s located within Dury’s Battery, which is at the top of the hill past the Royal Scots Museum.

The re-creation shows what life was like for the prisoners of war.

Of course, I found the doors most intriguing…

…a detail in architecture that I tend to notice more thanks in large part to having stumbled upon Norm’s (host of Thursday Doors) blog.

The first prisoners were French privateers captured in 1758 soon after the outbreak of the Seven Years War (1756-1763).

In June of 1781 this prison was more crowded than at any other time. There were over 600 Frenchman, almost 100 Spaniards, a number of Dutchmen, 30 Americans, and a few Scots and Irish. Almost all who were held here were sailors.

 

Here we get a peek at the graffiti that they carved into the doors.

Ducatez is Spanish. Also carved into the door is Lefevre (French) and Garrick (presumed British or American). They were shipmates on the French ship Le Rohan Soubise, captured off the east coast of Great Britain in April of 1781.

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On the other side of the display case is another graffiti covered door.

While much of the graffiti is hard to see on this door, besides the letters and numbers, there are carvings of the types of ships in which the men sailed. The most common are “two-masted” brigs and cutters.

Not only did Edinburgh Castle house prisoners during the Seven Years War,  it also housed prisoners during The American War of Independence (1775-1783) and The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).

In 1811, 49 prisoners of war escaped through a hole in the south wall of the castle. It was mostly due to this fact that Edinburgh Castle ceased to be used as a prison from 1814.

An interesting fact about those who were held here is that only ordinary seamen were imprisoned at Edinburgh Castle.

Their officers were allowed out “on parole”… in other words, to stay in private accommodations.

The prisoners at Edinburgh Castle included young cabin boys, soldiers, ship’s carpenters, and cooks, as well as ordinary seamen.

Their sleeping accommodations were hammocks hanging from raftered frames.

There are audio recordings playing that hint at what life may have been like at the time.

You can learn about their rations, healthcare, allowances, and more throughout the exhibition.

It doesn’t take long to tour and the cost is included in the entrance fee to Edinburgh Castle.

There is quite a bit of interesting history and I would recommend taking the time to go through the Prisons of War exhibition if you are spending the day at Edinburgh Castle.

Have you toured this exhibition at the castle? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Haven’t visited the castle? Is it on your “must see” travel list?

Update: I’ve had some people wonder how they missed this during their visit to Edinburgh Castle. I’ve included the YouTube trailer video from Historic Scotland. Based on the fact that it was uploaded in 2014, perhaps this is a newer exhibition.

I found both Edinburgh and Glasgow to be wonderful places during my trip to Scotland and discovered that I didn’t have near enough time to see everything that would have made my “must see” list.

I think that means that I must return again someday!

And then there is the most dangerous risk of all - the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself freedom to do it later - Randy Komisar

Let your light shine!

Amy