Normally, we could have ridden the train all the way from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, but due to some maintenance work on the track, we had to take a bus to Dundee and then the train to Edinburgh. The trip took longer than usual, but we were able to see some beautiful countryside. Edinburgh is an awesome place. We needed way longer than we had. In fact, we had to cut our site-seeing short and head back to the train.
As we came up out of the train station in Edinburgh, we were just flooded by gorgeous sites. The whole town is a photo op. As we climbed the hill to the castle, we were snapping pictures and breathing heavy. When we got to the top of the Royal Mile, we stopped to have a bit of coffee before heading to the castle (Jesse called this my "Bull Hearne" impression). The weather was a factor being cold and windy with occastional sprinkles. It was a bit better at the castle once we were out of the wind. There is no need to write much description, the photos say it all.
I love this photo of Jesse (although her eyes are closed) with her wild hair with just a hint of red looking like a Highland lass. By the way, that wild curly hair is pure Jesse. That is her natural look.
We took too much time at the castle, had too much fun, and ran out of time as we walked down the Royal Mile. We did not get to see the Palace of the Holyroodhouse. It was just too far and we were too tired. We did some shopping and had a cold beer at the World's End, and just relaxed rather than trying to "see it all.
All day long I reminded Mom to watch her step. Watch the cobble stones, watch the uneven steps, etc. As we were headed to the train station to come home, she was bringing up the rear and doing fine. It was raining slightly and we were headed down this narrow close. Mom stepped on a large metal plate in the pavement, slid and rolled. Any one who stepped on it would have done the same thing; it just happened to be Mom. She bounced up pretty quick once she quit laughing. No problema! She is fine, but gave us all a good scare.
I have lots I want to show, but I will post more tomorrow. Some of the photos need a bit of editing.