dear Anu sent me this one for the favourites tag. lovely lovely lovely winter snowy view of the Edinburgh castle, known also as the Iconic Scottish Tourist Attraction.
Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. The volcanic Castle Rock offers a naturally defended position, with sheer cliffs to north and south, and a steep ascent from the west. The only easy approach is from the town to the east, and the castle's defenses are situated accordingly, with a series of gates protecting the route to the summit of the Castle Rock.
Anu used lovely stamps on this one! And rather old ones! From left to right...first we have a great EUROPA stamp from 1992 from a set of two stamps on the theme Discovery of America. Next to it is one of the five Cinema stamps issued in 1996, commemorating the 100 years of going to the Pictures (yeah, actually the British people go the Pictures, the Americans to the Movies...) I must admit I find "Going to the Pictures" really old-fashioned, and just now I started thinking if it is still used nowadays or not...
At the very right we have a stamp issued in 1992, from a set of 4 Lord Tennyson stamps...(Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during much of Queen Victoria's reign and remains one of the most popular British poets)
And of course, a purpley Queen stamp =)
and for a comparison, here I also have the Edinburgh Castle in spring or summer...not quite sure...but it is nice to see it both covered with snow and without it.
And the back of the card says "Edinburgh Castle, dating from the 12th century, sits high on a crag of ancient volcanic rock. Seen here across Princes Street Gardens at dawn....ok, at least we know it's dawn, the season is irrelevant :))
the stamp is from a set of 8 Country Definitives (or Regionals' stamps), issued in 2011, with this one here representing...well, of course, Scotland!!