Edinburgh: Parliament, Princes Street and Wojtek
We are still on the Royal Mile.
The New Parliament building is fascinating. Its construction started in 1999, the first debate took place in 2004.
PThe Royal Mile ends with the Palace and Abbey of Holyroodhouse, residence of the royal family.
Last glimpse on the Royal Mile:
Princes Street is parallel to the Royal Mile, it goes through the new part of the city:
Calton Hill in the background:
The most visible monument on Princes Street is the Victorian Gothic Scott Monument dedicated to the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott.
And finally a Polish accent in Edinburgh. The monument called Wojtek unveiled in 2015.
Here is a short article about it from BBC News:
A statue immortalising a beer-drinking bear who saw action in World War Two has been unveiled in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
Wojtek – dubbed the “Soldier Bear” – was adopted by Polish troops and helped them carry ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
After the war he lived in Scotland at Hutton in Berwickshire, before ending his days in Edinburgh Zoo.
The event was organised by the Wojtek Memorial Trust.
The trust’s secretary Helena Scott said: “The Wojtek Memorial Trust wishes to thank all our supporters and donors for their generosity which has enabled us to progress and achieve a key objective of the charity, namely to erect a monument fitting to Polish veterans of the Second World War, and to the many men, women and children displaced as a consequence of the war and its aftermath, as told through the story of Wojtek, the Soldier Bear.
“Trustees consist of individuals, each with their own personal interest of the story of Wojtek, and how that story may have touched their lives.
“For those born of Polish parents, the unveiling is particularly poignant because we represent a generation that bridges between those post-war Poles who settled in Scotland and the younger generation, those that have made Scotland their home in more recent years.
Last moments with our friends and now back London.