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Cannons at Edinburgh Castle

The train ride out of the highlands was very pleasant.  Ireland is noted for being green…but please know Scotland must be considered a rival!  The landscape is exquisite --- rolling green hills all the way.  The train was also entertaining due to the woman who went up and down the aisles with her pushcart of tea and goodies…she sold quite a lot during our leg of the trip!


What I have to share about Edinburgh is WOW and that this is one of the hippest cities I have ever visited.  There is so much history, complemented by youthful vibrancy.  What is also cool is that being dominated by seven large hills, it is next to impossible to get lost walking about…you always have easy points of reference!  We departed our train at the major station downtown and walked to our nearby hotel to check our luggage since it was pre-check in time.

View of Edinburgh from roof of Camera Obscura


Unencumbered, we made for the Royal Mile, the main attraction in Edinburgh.  This name refers to a street which runs from the majestic heights of Edinburgh Castle down to the royal residence of Holyrood…where Queen Elizabeth resides when visiting these environs.  Our first stop was lunch at Deacon Brody’s…an excellent bar/eatery named after the actual person whom Robert Louis Stevenson based his main character upon in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”!  I finally got to order some haggis…and our waitress was impressed that I requested some tabasco to douse the concoction!

Next stop was checking out the famed Edinburgh Castle…a must see.  Having an ancient fortress perched atop a bustling city is incredible enough, but the history is fascinating too.  We weren’t in town when they have the nightly military parades (“tattoos”) which are acclaimed as phenomenal, but enjoyed the site nonetheless.


We departed this exceptional tour keen to dive further into Edinburgh and checked out the Camera Obscura.  You might be familiar with this centuries old device that enables great views…but it is a quality exhibit we did not regret and thoroughly enjoyed the visions of downtown Edinburgh.

genex13 says:
Okay... you are forgiven in the name of haggis.

But I know what you mean, I tend do dose everything with hot horseraddish.
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
vances says:
Apologies to the haggis, but alas, to me just about anything would be "perfect with a bit of Tabasco"...my wife buys it for me by the gallon!
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
genex13 says:
You should be in Edinburgh in August, when they have the festivals.

But I see, you had fun there anyway.
But how could you dose the haggis with tabasco? *sigh*
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
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photo by: vances