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September 10th 2019
Published: September 10th 2019
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Today I had a full day of sightseeing in Edinburgh. I started at the castle where I had a tour and then explored for a couple of hours on my own. I saw the Scottish crown jewels and the Scottish military museum, among other sights. The views from the castle are impressive including looking down on the cannons. I had lunch there at the Redcoat Café and then walked partway down the Royal Mile. There was a film crew blocking the street, so I had to detour and found myself near the National Museum of Scotland. I decided to postpone the rest of the Royal Mile and spent the remainder of the afternoon at the museum. It is surprising how many famous people and innovations originated in Scotland. James Watt, Adam Smith, David Hume, and Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few. The first cloned mammal was Dolly the sheep and she is now stuffed and on display in the museum. Golf, I think, was invented in Scotland and there are some old golf clubs and golf balls from around 1840.

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