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Walking up Warriston Close- leads to Mary King's Close

The sun has graced us with its presence the last couple of days, its been enjoyable, still a wee bit chilly though, but what can you do.  Woke up for the last time in Edinburgh, and jumped on the bus to head into town.  We had reservations to take the Mary King's Close tour.  What is a close you might ask, well a close is like an alleywall, a long narrow street that connects 2 major streets, this one connected High Street to the lower street and Nor Loch.  Mary King's Close has been associated with blood-curdling tales of ghosts and murders, and myths of plague victims being walled up and left to die abounded.  It was named after Mary King who lived there in the early 1600s and while the plague did run ravage through the close, the reason it was walled in and covered up was not to starve out the victims, it was in fact done in the 1750s when the city decided to build the Royal Exchange over it.

Here it is, Hadrian's Wall
  

Anyhoo, our tour guide was Jonet Nimmo, Mary King's daughter and she was really really good.  The tour lasted about an hour and was full of all sorts of special effects to tell the history of the close, including an actually ghost story, a murder, infection by the plague (I got better) and meeting Little Annie (a ghost of a little girl who died alone from the plague).  All this took place in the remains of the actual close.  Really cool.

So, our goal today was to do the tour and then head out of the city, hopefully before noon.  One o'clock, we finally loaded up the car and headed out of the city.  We didn't actually get lost, we just ended up taking a more scenic route than originally planned.  Still it was a nice drive, I drove most of the way.

It used to be 8 feet wide and 15 feet tall and terrets every roman mile
  We were heading towards Carlisle, just across Hadrian's Wall and offically in England.  It was sad to say goodbye to Scotland and we decided (after being in England for about 5 minutes) that we wanted to go back.  Unfortunately, we already had reservations in Carlisle, so onward.

Arrived in Carlisle and sillingly (yes I said sillingly) thought we could easily find our hostel we don't need a map, I mean how big can Carlisle be?!?  We decided that the english can't make their streets straight and label them to save their lives!  Finally we decided to call it quits and do something else for a bit, so we headed out of the city and followed the signs to Hadrian's Wall.

Carlisle
  Easy right?  HA!!!  Hadrian's Wall is just that, a wall.  Built by the romans long long time ago it was the old border of Scotland and England, needless to say it stretches across the island.  So everywhere we looked we saw signs for Hadrian's Wall this way!  It was confusing.  Finally read the travel guide book and figured out there was an interesting part of the wall close by and followed it.  (yes guidebooks can be handy).  Found it, or bits and pieces of it that was left scattered about, snapped some pics and called it good.  Now we can say we have been there.

Back to Carlisle, we tried a different approach to the city and finally found the street we were looking for and then after calling the hostel and being talked through finding the parking lot we found our rooms.

In my room
  Its a dorm for the local college that during the summer they open the rooms up to travelers.  Erika and I each have our own rooms.  Its very nice.  Took it easy tonight, walked around the square (nothing was opened), ordered take out and watched a movie with one of the guys across the hall.  Tomorrow we are planning on heading out really early (8am, when the office opens) and drive to Nottingham to see Robin Hood and all that.  So good night. 

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Walking up Warriston Close- leads …
Walking up Warriston Close- leads…
Here it is, Hadrians Wall
Here it is, Hadrian's Wall
It used to be 8 feet wide and 15 f…
It used to be 8 feet wide and 15 …
Carlisle
Carlisle
In my room
In my room
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle
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