second morning in Edinburgh

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Fringe Festival street performer

I woke at 10:20am to the sound of ringing.  Until then, I had not even realized my room had a phone in, an unusual feature for a hostel.  It was the counter staff calling to inform me that I was overdue for check out.  Having forgotten my alarm clock at the last hostel, I had overslept by a couple of hours.  Hurriedly, I popped out of bed, got myself ready, packed up my things, and promptly vacated.

 

I toured the excavated AD 1600 cellar of the Marlin’s Wynd in the Tron Kirk (church) and walked the Royal Mile.  Pausing for street acts, passing Saint Giles’ Cathedral, visiting Edinburgh Castle (I passed on the  ₤8 admission fee for the Military Tattoo production), I drifted through an endless supply of bagpipers, and climbed the Scott Monument.

the Scott Monument through a close
  A tightly wound conk shell of 287 steps swirled me to the top of the old monument where I devoured the best views of the city.

 

There were many up-hill climbs in Edinburgh, including that up Calton Hill.  I met a nice woman with her husband and elderly mother, who reminded me a strikingly of my great-grandmother Brigham with her short stature, tinted white hair, and the accented tones in her aging voice.  The hill was the site of Nelson (a round tower), National (a Parthenon replica), and Dugald Stewart (an observatory) monuments, and overlooks the Palace of Holyrood House, Our Dynamic Earth, the new Scottish Parliament House, and King Arthur’s Seat (the crag formed from a glacier-eroded, volcanic hill).

 

I had greatly enjoyed my second day in the Scottish capital and at last, had conquered the town, so I felt ready to move on.  Before catching the train for the short hop to Stirling, I spent a last half-hour listening to an outstanding percussion band jamming on the Royal Mile.
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Fringe Festival street performer
Fringe Festival street performer
the Scott Monument through a close
the Scott Monument through a close
The Royal Mile (the spire of Tolbo…
The Royal Mile (the spire of Tolb…
Saint Giles Cathedral
Saint Gile's Cathedral
Edinburgh Castle - I passed on the…
Edinburgh Castle - I passed on th…
Edinburgh Castle from the Scott Mo…
Edinburgh Castle from the Scott M…
the spire of Tolbooth Kirk seen fr…
the spire of Tolbooth Kirk seen f…
view down from the top of the Scot…
view down from the top of the Sco…
pinnacle of the Scott Monument
pinnacle of the Scott Monument
Calton Hill seen from the Scott Mo…
Calton Hill seen from the Scott M…
King Arthurs Seat seen from Calto…
King Arthur's Seat seen from Calt…
Evans at the foot of the Scott Mon…
Evans at the foot of the Scott Mo…
a great percussion band on the str…
a great percussion band on the st…
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