Edinburgh

As much as we enjoyed Glasgow, we liked Edinburgh even more.

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Everywhere you look there’s a pretty old pretty building looking back at you. The Old Town’s medieval and Reformation-era buildings and the New Town’s Georgian terraces slope down sharply into the valley of central Princes Street Gardens, and we walked all over all of them.

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Here’s a view of Old Town from across the gardens.

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This is the Sir Walter Scott Memorial.

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We camped in nearby Kinross and took the bus in to the city every morning. On our way too the bus stop we’d pass this very new pony…

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…and we’d buy a baguette for the day, which the self-checkout called a “crusty stick.”

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We were there on a Sunday, and thought it would be neat to attend a service at St. Mary’s cathedral. There it is way at the end of the street.

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Here it is closer up.

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An imposing interior.

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The choir was on holiday, but the gigantic pipe organ wasn’t, and it boomed and swelled with great power.

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There was a man next to us who sounded like Werner Herzog when he talked and Mr. Bean when he sang, especially on the “allelujahs.”

We also visited the National Gallery of Scotland, a couple National Trust properties: Gladstone’s Land and the Georgian House, and the incredible Museum of Scotland, where Karen found a lighthouse for her mom, and we played Where’s The Ryan On The Steam Locomotive.

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A view was viewed from the roof.

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After walking through the entire history of Scotland, we thought we’d seen the whole museum. We were about to leave when we came through a doorway into these massive, cavernous galleries, housing natural history, science, anthropology, and space exhibits.

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Ryan posed with his favorite terrestrial mammal.

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But the jewel in the crown that was Edinburgh, which was perched gloriously on top of the shaggy head that was our trip so far, was certainly a visit to the Elephant House, the coffee shop where J.K. Rowling conceived the first Harry Potter novels.

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Karen drinks a flat white in honor of Jessie and Bebe Cave.

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Here’s Ms. Rowling’s view from the window, in which you can see Edinburgh Castle towering in the distance above the city. Could this have been the inspiration for Hogwarts?

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Ryan also sketched the castle from a different viewpoint.

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Let’s end up with some random photos of this beautiful city.

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Alright, okay, one last round of Which One Is Ryan.

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-k&r

5 thoughts on “Edinburgh

  1. Karen I know your pack will be heavier carrying the light house around but I already have a spot picked out for it. This episode of which one is Ryan was more difficult; I think its the guy in the purple coat!

  2. from Granny,
    Hi Karen and Ryan. I sure do mis you. I wish you would come home. These pictures you send are really wonderful I can look at them ans see all these pretty places. I bet you are having a ball. Love Granny

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