As promised, I'm going to go back to our days in Edinburgh since I didn't have much chance to blog about them yet.
We landed at about 8am local time, but to our bodies it was about 3 in the morning. We stumbled off the plane, went through customs and found a very nice, very helpful young lady. As she showed us to the taxi stand, we saw Susan Boyle. She was arriving to catch an airplane. In the country for 30 minutes and already seeing famous people.
Our taxi driver was very friendly and nice as well. We quickly understood what welcoming people live in Scotland.
Our room wasn't ready yet, but we dropped off our bags and did a little exploring.
Jet lag was quickly catching up. So we stopped in for some tea to wait for the room to be ready. We found a lovely little cafe called Vincent's.
After a very restorative nap, we were ready to explore in earnest.
|A very cool little antique shop|
|Our "neighbor". He was a glazier.|
|A view of the castle from Princes Street|
|The Sir Walter Scott Memorial on Princes Street|
|A pub called Guilford Arms|
|The Balmoral Hotel|
|North Princes Street|
|An arch built for Prince Leopold.|
We discovered Old Calton Cemetery. It was on a hill, overlooking part of the city. One of the coolest things about this cemetery was that people's occupations were on their gravestones. It really made the visit more special.
|Philosopher David Hume, one of Edinburgh's favorite sons.|
|There was a statue of Abraham Lincoln...?|
|Isabella is most likely a relation.|
Across the street from the cemetery was a walk that David Hume proposed to the city council. He designed a lovely climb up Old Calton Hill which afforded wonderful views of the city, the river and some very cool buildings on the hill itself.
|This memorial to Lord Nelson also has a ball on top that drops at 1pm everyday, in conjunction with the one o'clock gun . This was so the ships in the harbor could synchronize their clocks.|
Looking back into downtown.
|A view of Edinburgh castle from Princes Street|
We began walking back towards our hotel. Despite what it looks like in these photos, it is about 930pm at this point. Edinburgh is so far north, it stays light very late -- in the summer.
|The Surgeon's Hall Museum... more on that later|