At 1:00 PM everyday a gun is fired from the walls of Edinburgh castle to signal one o’clock. Why one o’clock and not 12 noon was one of the details I dicovered on my free public tour and visit to the castle. The Edinburgh castle is massive and still considered a military base. Men in kilts march in and out carrying modern small arms as well as pikes and swords. They are there partly to protect “the honors” or Crown Jewels of Scotland which are on public display. I was a cold and windy day. While my home town of Ithaca NY was experiencing temperatures in the 90″ – I was being blown around the castle walls by cold winds
We never read the Da Vinci Code but that didn’t stop us from exploring a place that seems suspended in time and space. Do the floors underneath the chapel house the Holy Grail or only the buried remains of royalty in their armor? Whatever may be the case the Chapel itself has a presence of holiness within and around its carefully preserved walls.
We arrived in Rome March 30th and entered a time warp caused by the flight time change and the ancient time change. Continue reading “All Roads Lead to Rome”