Edinburgh- Yeah Scotland!!!
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Yeah Scotland, we're finally here! It was cool and raining when we arrived, but no problems thus far. We hopped a bus to take us downtown to Prince's Street. Our friend, Shonagh, lives here and offered her place to us, but she was working until 1630 so we had to entertain ourselves a bit. We walked up and down Prince's Street with our heavy bags, looking at all the stores and people. Prince Street runs in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, which sits on top of an extinct volcano. August is a time of festivals in Edinburgh, so the streets are alive with performers and artists from the Fringe. Living statues, street performers, comedy acts, you name it it can be found on the streets.
Met up with Shonagh who took us home and let us take over her tiny condo. It reminds me of all those houses that you see on BBC America. Small and compact. We went out to eat last night and then came home and collasped for about 12 hours. So nice to sleep flat again.
Anyhoo, got up and headed out the door around 11. We took the bus into town to see the Castle. We were there in time to see the One O'clock gun fire, which is a left over from their naval days. We took the tour and saw the Scottish crown jewels, The place where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to King James IV of Scotland and the I of England, the Scottish War Memorial and the Prisons of War exhibit, where pow's from the american revolution and other wars were kept for prisoner exchanges.
Spent the rest of the afternoon dodging raindrops and shopping. The Military Tattoo is going on this month and is supposed to be a real treat to see, so we stopped by the Tattoo office to see if there were any tickets available. We were in luck, we got the last two tickets from a tour group that had extras!!! We were going to see the Tattoo tonight!
So skip ahead 4 hours, we had made our way back to Shonagh's to relax and dry out a bit before heading back into town.
Only got a wee bit lost coming home, the #2 bus didn't run that late and we had to find the #22 bus, which took some trekking, but we made it back to Shonagh's safe and sound, if not a littly soggy.