Goodbye Scotland, Hello England
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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.
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.
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.
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.