Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
10Trip End Sep 14, 2007
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I pay for a ticket and enter through the front gates. Even with the throng of visitors snapping pictures on digital cameras (myself included
Out of the castle and down the Mound, which is the lower part of the hill the castle is on. I manage to find my way past the National Gallery of Scotland, in a very Greekly built building, out to the Prince's Street Gardens. I find The Call statue, which is a memorial donated by Scottish American's after World War I. It is here that my great grandparents stood in the mid 1920's with my grandfather in tow - I am able to find a nice couple to take my picture in front of it. There are memorials and statues everywhere you look. From there I tramped up to the Royal Mile, which is one of the oldest streets in the UK. I have lunch outside at an Italian Restaurant, having a delicious pasta dish with garlic bread, Italian beer (a sin in Scotland?), and tiramisu
Down the Royal Mile past the new Scottish Parliament, which looks VERY out of place on this street. It looks like some building from the future scenes from The Terminator. It almost looks like they decided that any architecture done in the entire city of Edinburgh was wrong and had to fix it with this. You'll see in the pictures. I think it would fit in better if it was a beach house on Venice Beach in L.A., complete with places to hang surf boards. Past the Parliament is Arthur's Seat, a tall hill in the middle of the city with supposed great views. Since my trip has been defined by amazing viewpoints, I undertake the challenge of the climb. Equipped with my camera and a slab of Scottish fudge bought on the Royal Mile (when did I have time for that? I think it magically made its way into my bag . . . ) I climb the heights. The wind is very strong, and I again take the short way up to save time. The pictures are taken from various points where I had to stop and catch my breath (and take a nibble of my rocky road fudge). From the top, the views were some of the best yet. You could see for over 70 miles even though it was overcast.
After sitting up on the Seat for awhile and soaking it all in, I made my way down
Such was my mindset as I packed my things in an empty hotel room in Scotland, with my only escape being these posts and a return journey in my mind. Hopefully they provided as much escape and satisfaction as they did me. Thank you for reading.