Sunday, January 27, 2008


Yesterday we went to Edinburgh. It was quite a trip, and I thought I would post some pictures this morning. The computer was a bit slow and it took me all morning to post - between preparing breakfast and getting ready for today's trip. Jesse and Toby took turns using the computer during this morning also. When I got back to the computer to post, my post was gone - deleted by someone. Fingers were flying - pointing and accusing. No one would fess up. It was time to leave on today's adventure. My blog would have to wait.

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.
Notice Mom on the stairs waiting for us.

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.


Dawn said...

Well, you are probably either in bed or getting ready to be there as I post this comment. What a strange thing to see how different lives are across the world! Your day looked awesome,and you all look happy! Miss you guys!

Anonymous said...

If it's any consolation, I can show you my pics of the Palace at Holy Rood. I can't imagine much has changed since I was there in '00. Too bad you didn't have more time to see it--it's pretty cool!

Glad you're having fun!


Becky said...

I'm glad your mom is ok. I haven't been commenting much, but I am enjoying all the pictures and the descriptions. It sounds like you are having a great time.

Ashley said...

Edinburgh sounds fun. I am glad you guys are having fun. When you said that you had reminded you mom all day to be careful i thought you were going to say that you fell. That always happens to me. When i remind someone else to be careful i always am the one who falls down,

Bag Blog said...

Ashley, something like that did happen - Toby and I got into a spat about which way to go, and I said, "Have I ever steered you wrong?" So we went my way and it was totally wrong. I had to confess that I did not have a clue where we were.

Buck said...

The pics are... ummm... GREAT! As is your narrative(s), Lou. As a matter of fact, I went out to Lonely Planet to check out what they had to say about Scotland and Edinburgh. I came away thinking you could give them lessons on how to write travelogues.

I could almost feel the cold and damp and smell the mustiness, gas fires, and wet wool... just by looking at your pics. You're awakening my wanderlust, Lou. And here I thought it was dead...