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Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
I don't know how but Mar and I totally knocked out and we woke up late! Either we slept through the alarm or the alarm was set at the wrong time...either way we had to seriously get to the airport and FAST! We quickly got dressed and gathered our things and were out the hostel door in 10 minutes! We ran up Dublin Street, St. Andrews Street, and onto Waverly Bridge and caught the Airlink Express headed to the airport. We rushed to the Ryanair check-in desk BUT they had just closed check-in for our flight...SHIT! So we booked onto the next flight to Dublin for the day which wouldn't be until 5pm!

We took the Airlink Express back to Edinburgh and just decided to see more of the city.
These figures were sculpted by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Since we rushed out of the hostel without having breakfast, we stepped into The Elephant House at 21 George IV Bridge. Plus it was too early and the National Museum of Scotland was not open yet. After our lovely breakfast, it still was not yet 10am so we continued to wander around the streets of Edinburgh past famous pubs, the University of Edinburgh, and some lush greenspaces.

Even though Mar had been to the National Museum of Scotland already, she was eager to go again since there were still several levels that she had not seen yet. Plus admission is FREE! Rather than join the free guided tour of the museum, Mar and I opted to go at our own pace with the assistance of the free audio guides. Since I had my rollie bag with me and Mar had her big backpack on, the docents directed us to coat check/storage because we were not allowed to carry these items while exploring the museum.
The Maiden...a beheading machine used in the mid 1500s to the early 1700s


Mar and I parted ways as she was off to see the upper levels and I wanted to see the older items in the museum's collection. I really enjoyed their mix of artifacts with modern art like the abstract bronze figures sculpted by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi which also doubled as a display case for ancient jewelry. Fortunately, I was also able to see some of the museum's collection highlights...The Maiden, the Lewis chessmen, the Bute or Bannatyne mazer, and the Queen Mary Harp. I spent the good part of 2 hours exploring just the first and second levels!

After roaming the museum's many collections, I was in need of some fresh air so I headed to the top floor to access the Roof Terrace. The Roof Terrace had excellent views of the city...the Crags, Calton Hill, and Edinburgh Castle as well as exhibits of local flora.
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
But the wind was really whipping up a storm up there and my eyes were very irritated so I had to go back inside.

Shortly after, I found Mar and we both decided we were museum-ed out so we gathered our things from coat check/storage and headed back to the Royal Mile because I wanted to see the inside of St. Giles Cathedral. The stained glass windows were beautiful and the pipe organ was certainly impressive.

It was already past 1pm and we both were hungry for lunch. I wanted to eat at The Witchery because I have read some good reviews about the restaurant and I figured the meal would be cheaper if we went for lunch. Mar was game and we hauled ass up the Royal Mile towards the castle. It was lunchtime so I didn't think getting a table for 2 would be that difficult. Unfortunately, according to the hostess a table wouldn't be available until 230pm!!! So we scrapped that idea...another place I will have to go to the next time I am in Scotland. So we settled for Deacon Brodies just down the street.

After our leisurely lunch we decided to head to the airport so we wouldn't miss ANOTHER flight to Dublin!
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Posted on: Mar 29, 2010
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Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
Statue of Greyfriars Bobby
These figures were sculpted by Sir…
These figures were sculpted by Si…
The Maiden...a beheading machine u…
The Maiden...a beheading machine …
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
Greyfriars Bobby Bar on Candlemake…
Greyfriars Bobby Bar on Candlemak…
Sandy Bells on Forrest Road
Sandy Bell's on Forrest Road
University of Edinburghs McEwan H…
University of Edinburgh's McEwan …
Stone Carving on McEwan Hall
Stone Carving on McEwan Hall
A walk in The Meadows
A walk in The Meadows
Glass roof over the National Museu…
Glass roof over the National Muse…
Fish in the the museums Main Hall
Fish in the the museum's Main Hall
Totem Pole
Totem Pole
Stairway to the first level of the…
Stairway to the first level of th…
Carved stone of old
Carved stone of old
These figures represent Scotlands…
These figures represent Scotland'…
Animalistic prow of a longboat
Animalistic prow of a longboat
Whale bone sculpture by Andy Goldw…
Whale bone sculpture by Andy Gold…
Modern Art
Modern Art
Sporrans
Sporrans
A harp from the Middle Ages
A harp from the Middle Ages
Bute or Bannatyne mazer
Bute or Bannatyne mazer
Lewis Chessmen made of walrus ivor…
Lewis Chessmen made of walrus ivo…
Religious carving
Religious carving
Queen Mary Harp
Queen Mary Harp
Swords...wheres the Highlander wh…
Swords...where's the Highlander w…
View of the Crags and Arthurs Sea…
View of the Crags and Arthur's Se…
Calton Hill and Nelson Monument fr…
Calton Hill and Nelson Monument f…
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
The Castle from the Roof Terrace
The Castle from the Roof Terrace
View from the Roof Terrace
View from the Roof Terrace
Carved Stone from the 9th Century
Carved Stone from the 9th Century
Pictish Symbol Stone
Pictish Symbol Stone
Ornate wood carvings
Ornate wood carvings
Intricately carve wall panels from…
Intricately carve wall panels fro…
Stone carving
Stone carving
A carved stone font
A carved stone font
Crucifix carved out of stone
Crucifix carved out of stone
Fetternear Banner...a church banne…
Fetternear Banner...a church bann…
The Millineum Clock
The Millineum Clock
Main Hall of the National Museum o…
Main Hall of the National Museum …
Saint Giles Cathedral
Saint Giles Cathedral
Ornate Emblem
Ornate Emblem
Statue on the Royal Mile
Statue on the Royal Mile
Victorian Window
Victorian Window
The 1992 Rieger Organ
The 1992 Rieger Organ
St. Giles Cathedral
St. Giles Cathedral
Another Victorian Window
Another Victorian Window
Interior architecture of St. Giles…
Interior architecture of St. Gile…
Burns Window
Burns Window
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
Inside St. Giles Cathedral
Close up of a Victorian stained gl…
Close up of a Victorian stained g…
The Nelson Monument
The Nelson Monument
The Balmoral from Waverly Bridge
The Balmoral from Waverly Bridge
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