LAST DAY of Blog Contest – ‘Where’s Joslyn?’

I can’t believe it, but alas, my European travels are coming to a close! Quite simply, I might just be the most blessed person alive. I have this awesome job where I get to meet amazing people, travel to unbelievable places and this contest has been icing on the cake. Thank you so much to everyone who’s been participating and a special thank you to Courtney Dellafiora for helping me with this side project. I’ll be doing a few other blogs about my trip and the shoot I was working on, too!

For now though, it’s all about DAY 6 of the Blog Contest. Thank you WALDO for inspiring me:)

HINT: This place reminds me of the movie Braveheart…

*** Don’t forget that you’ve gotta 1.) Locate ‘Where’s Joslyn’ in the picture and 2.) Give a detailed description of the location. It’s ALL in the deets people. xo

Comments: 16

16 Responses to “LAST DAY of Blog Contest – ‘Where’s Joslyn?’”

  1. I miss you and Ali!!! COME BACK TO the UK!!!! 🙂 Btw, I love your Where’s Joslyn idea. Seriously genius… and SO much fun to be a part of. 🙂 I feel special. Love ya!!!

  2. Abhishek Duggal says:

    1) She is on the left posing with her hands resting on the guardrails. There is nobody else at the spot where she is standing in the picture. She is probably wearing a white top and black bottoms.

    2) She is at the Trim Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Atha Troim) located in Trim, County Meath, Ireland, on the shores of the Boyne has an area of 30,000 m². It is the remains of Ireland’s largest castle. It was built primarily by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter.

    The Castle was used as a centre of Norman administration for the Liberty of Meath, one of the new administrative areas of Ireland created by Henry II of England and granted to Hugh de Lacy. de Lacy took possession of it in 1172. De Lacy built a huge ringwork castle defended by a stout double palisade and external ditch on top of the hill. There may also have been further defences around the cliffs fringing the high ground. Part of a stone footed timber gatehouse lies beneath the present stone gate at the west side of the castle. The ringwork was attacked and burnt by the Irish but De Lacy immediately rebuilt it in 1173. His son Walter continued rebuilding and the castle was completed c 1204. The next phase of the castle’s construction took place at the end of the 13th century, and the beginning of the 14th century. A new Great Hall with undercroft beneath it and an with attached solar in a radically altered curtain tower, and a new forework forebuilding, and stables were added to the keep. After de genneville\\\’s death his widow Joan married Roger Mortimer and the castle passed to the Mortimer family who held it until the lord of Trim became Edward IV king of England in 1461.

    The castle site was chosen because it is on raised ground, overlooking a fording point over the River Boyne. The castle was an important early medieval ecclesiastical and royal site, and although the site is about 25 miles from the Irish Sea, it was accessible in medieval times by boat up the River Boyne. Trim Castle is referred to in the Norman poem “The Song of Dermot and the Earl.”

    During the late Middle Ages, Trim Castle was the centre of administration for Meath and marked the outer northern boundary of The Pale. In the 16th and 17th centuries it had declined in importance, except as a potentially important military site, and the castle was allowed to deteriorate. During the 15th century the Irish Parliament met in Trim Castle seven times and a mint operated in the castle. It fell into decline in the 16th century but was refortified during the Cromwellian wars in the 1640s.

    After the wars of the 1680s, the castle was granted to the Wellesle family who held it until Arthur Wellesley (the Duke of Wellington), sold it to the Leslies. In following years it passed via the Encumbered Estates Court into the hands of the Dunsany Plunketts. They left the lands open and from time to time allowed various uses, with part of the Castle Field rented by the Town Council as a municipal dump for some years, and a small meeting hall for the Royal British Legion erected. The Dunsanys held the Castle and surrounds until 1993, when after years of discussion, Lord Dunsany sold the land and buildings to the State, retaining only river access and fishing rights.

    The Office of Public Works began a major programme of conservation and exploratory works, costing over six million euro, including partial restoration of the moat and the installation of a protective roof. The castle was re-opened to the public in 2000.

    I really enjoyed participating in these fun contests! Have a safe & a comfortable trip back home! Take care.

  3. Joslyn says:

    Uh oh, for the first time every Abishek…you’re wrong! But sort of close…sort of…Keep on trying!

  4. Abhishek Duggal says:

    Replace #2 with :

    Stirling Castle, located in Stirling, is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, a volcanic crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position. Its strategic location, guarding what was, until the 1930s, the farthest downstream crossing of the River Forth, has made it an important fortification from the earliest times. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A few structures of the fourteenth century remain, while the outer defences fronting the town date from the early eighteenth century. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1543. There have been at least eight sieges of Stirling Castle, including several during the Wars of Scottish Independence, with the last being in 1746, when Bonnie Prince Charlie unsuccessfully tried to take the castle. Stirling Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and is now a tourist attraction managed by Historic Scotland.

  5. Joslyn says:

    Again, super close guess…I’ll give you a hint – you’re in the right country, but the WRONG city….

  6. Abhishek Duggal says:

    Haha…it is the Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, by Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, IV40 8DX…This replaces #2 again!…The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. There are several churches dedicated to Donan in the area, and it is likely that he formed a small cell, or community on the island during the late 7th century.

    The first fortified structure was not built on the island until the early 13th century as a defensive measure, protecting the lands of Kintail against the Vikings who raided, settled and controlled much of the North of Scotland and the Western Isles between 800 and 1266. From the mid 13th century, this area was the quite seperate “Sea Kingdom” of the Lord of the Isles where the sea was the main highway and the power of feuding clan chiefs was counted by the number of men and galleys or “birlinns” at their disposal. Eilean Donan offered the perfect defensive position.

    Over the centuries, the castle itself has expanded and contracted in size. The medieval castle was probably the largest, with towers and a curtain wall that encompassed nearly the entire island. The main keep stood on the islands highest point. Around the end of the 14th century the area of the castle was reduced to about a fifth of its original size, and although the reason is unclear, it probably relates to the number of men required to defend the structure. By the 16th century a hornwork was added to the east wall to offer a firing platform for the newly introduced cannons.

    Eilean Donan also played a role in the Jacobite risings of the 17th and 18th centuries, which ultimately culminated in the castles destruction…

    In 1719 the castle was garrisoned by 46 Spanish soldiers who were supporting the Jacobites. They had established a magazine of gunpowder, and were awaiting the delivery of weapons and cannon from Spain. The English Government caught wind of the intended uprising and sent three heavily armed frigates The Flamborough, The Worcester, and The Enterprise to quell matters. The bombardment of the castle lasted three days, though met with limited success due to the enormity of the castle walls, which in some places are up to 14 feet thick. Finally, Captain Herdman of The Enterprise sent his men ashore and over-whelmed the Spanish defenders. Following the surrender, the government troops discovered the magazine of 343 barrels of gunpowder which was then used to blow up what had remained from the bombardment…

    For the best part of 200 years, the stark ruins of Eilean Donan lay neglected, abandoned and open to the elements, until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Along with his Clerk of Works, Farquar Macrae, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to the reconstruction of Eilean Donan, restoring her to her former glory. The castle was rebuilt according to the surviving ground plan of earlier phases and was formally completed in the July of 1932.

  7. Brian D. says:

    Your standing top left holding the hand railing, I think your at Eilean Donan castle.

  8. Joslyn says:

    closer and closer, but still not the right answer…

  9. Abhishek Duggal says:

    1) She is on the left posing with her hands resting on the guardrails. There is nobody else at the spot where she is standing in the picture. She is probably wearing a white top and black bottoms.

    2) She is at the :

    Edinburgh Castle
    EH1 2NG

    Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Today the castle continues to attract visitors to its rocky perch.

    Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years.

    Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvellous views, it continues to spellbound with its wonderful story.

    Din Eidyn
    Archaeologists have found evidence for human occupation of the Castle Rock reaching back to 900 BC, the late Bronze Age. During the Roman occupation of Scotland in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, it was a thriving settlement. In those far-off days they called the place Din Eidyn, ‘the stronghold of Eidyn’. Then came the invading Angles, around AD 638, and ever since then the rock has been known by its English name – Edinburgh.

    A royal castle
    In the Middle Ages Edinburgh became Scotland’s chief royal castle – seat of royalty, headquarters of the sheriff of Edinburgh, military garrison and storehouse of the royal gun train, and repository of the nation’s crown jewels and state records.

    Impressive buildings were constructed, including the 12th-century St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, David’s Tower, built for David II, Robert the Bruce’s son, in the 1370s, and the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511. But the long and bitter Wars of Independence with the ‘auld enemy’, England, took their toll, and the castle endured siege upon siege; Edward I, Edward III and Henry VIII all did their utmost to batter down the walls.

    In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in the royal palace within the castle. The tiny bed-closet still survives, a room that has a special significance for Great Britain, for in 1603 James VI became also James I of England – the ‘Union of the Crowns’. The departure of the Scottish court for London saw much of the royal ‘glitter’ go from the castle. Thereafter the stronghold became little more than a garrison fortress and arsenal. The last sovereign to sleep there was Charles I in 1633, prior to his coronation as king of Scots.

    New roles
    The Jacobite siege of 1745, during which Bonnie Prince Charlie held court at Holyrood Palace but could not wrest the castle from the Hanoverian King George II, proved to be the last. Since that time, the ancient fortress has continued to serve as an active army base, but has since found new roles – as a major visitor attraction, as home of the Scottish National War Memorial and two proud Scottish regiments (the Royal Scots and the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards), and as host of the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    In 1996 the Stone of Destiny, Scotland’s coronation stone, was placed in the Crown Room alongside the nation’s Crown Jewels (the Honours of Scotland), following its return from Westminster after a space of 800 years. In 1995 the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh were inscribed as a World Heritage Site, and the castle remains its most important building.

  10. Brian D. says:

    Alright we’ll try this one you are in the same location upper left holding the railing, you are at the Bective Abbey which served as the courtyard of Longshanks’ castle, and also supplied the dungeons in which Wallace is imprisoned.

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  12. Joslyn says:

    So Abishek – you got it! Yep, yep it’s Edinburgh Castle. Since both you guys are already winners, I already but your prizes in the mail:)

  13. Kelly says:

    Thankyou Joslyn for posting all of these wonderful competitions and giving ur fans such fun creative things to look forward to during their very last days of summer. I have enjoyed these games immensely and I am so glad that I won day 4…. awesome! luv u xoxo

  14. Abhishek Duggal says:

    Thank you & welcome home!

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