In the Old City
Tonight is my last night in Scotland! I've had a blast so far, and I can't believe I'm leaving already. My hosts (the Brodies) have been all I could ask for and more. Yesterday, I walked all over town with Ian and part with Pat and saw the whole of the city. We went to the Old Town area, Edinburgh Castle esplanade (just in front of the castle), down the Royal Mile (the mile from the Edinburgh Castle to the Holyrood Palace where Mary Queen of Scots stayed for a time), part of High Street, part of Princes Street (one of the main streets with all the shops and such), into a traditional house, and all over the place. It was terrific. We saw the church where my pastor from USC (Tom) was married among a gazillion other things. Hopefully, I will update this when I remember what they all are! Pat and I ended up the evening by walking through the Botanical Gardens-- they were beautiful!!
Today, I wandered around Edinburgh on my own, first making my way down the Royal Mile again, visiting the Museum of Childhood (with all kinds of childhood toys and stuff from over the
years), and then I climbed up to Arthur's Seat (the top of one of the hills that borders old city Edinburgh). After that lovely and refreshing hike, I wandered back to the Royal Mile, passed the new Parliament building (a very modern building that, personally, is not my favorite style of architecture), then stopped in at the Huntley House, which has a museum of Edinburgh's history. Then, I went to the City Art Centre, which currently houses a photography exhibit of a photographer whose name I will have to add in here when I get more time (I'm going to watch a movie with Pat now). I ended the evening with a nice ramble along Princes Street that eventually brought me back to the Brodies!
So, overall, though not all what I had initially planned, I have had a terrific time. I've loved it here and wouldn't mind living here, either! Edinburgh is beautiful, especially the older section, and it's quite unique, with the castle on a hilltop overlooking the whole place and then being surrounded by a handful of other hills. It's a city sure enough, but it really feels to homey to be one! Well, maybe that's
In a park on a walk in the city
just because of the Brodies' hospitality, but still-- I really like it here! Anyway, now I must finish up my evening here. In the meantime, I'll try to remember more so I can put more details in!
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