What keeps me from running back to Great Britain always is the cost of housing. Compared to other European countries, it has always been more money. No exception to that is Edinburgh. At prices ranging somewhere from $250-300 per night, I figured you could stay in Glasgow and travel about an hour+ and save mucho bucks. For the one night I stayed in a hostel, a student dorm, at a major savings (the reader: of course, twit, everyone knows that!) ! It was only one block or so from the Royal Mile!
Image an ancient castle on one side of the mile and a more contemporary palace on the other end. And people living their normal lives sort of in between. Perhaps, that is what could be said for Great Britain on the whole.
I got up early, so I could see as much as I could before the afternoon train ot Glasgow. I was too early for the gallery to open. I had spent the day before in the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Museum and the Portrait Gallery. So I was not at a complete loss.
I was too early for this one too, but did visit the Museum of Childhood.
St Giles (right) is also worth another blog. A beautiful old cathedral. I went in just to see, and spent about an hour. It does have an excellent, albeit pricey, cafe with nice baked goods. But like all the big boys said, a good place to stop. There was an excellent little coffee shop around the Museum of Childhood, that had great stuff, but I was moving on.
Deacon Brodie is an interesting story, model Edinburgh citizen by day, crook by night. The sign for this drinking establishment is reknowned. He was hanged on a gallows of his own design! It is said Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is based upon his character.
The Camera Obscura (domed building, left) is a well-known landmark, recommended by both Rick Steves and Frommers. I looked it over, but thought the cash could go elsewhere for the moment.
Though Janene and Phil had been to Edinburgh, they did not mention the Royal Mile as a separate entity. It really is something in itself to see. A mile is a lot of land to cover and several sites, certainly the three museums, the lovely St. Giles and Parliament are all worthy places to take the time and explore. I needed to see with my eyes what constitutes this mile to make it so Royal. I hope the photos give you an idea, if you are planning on visiting this interesting city. Edinburgh Castle seen from the Scott Monument xxxxxx
Tags: Camera Obscura (Outlook Tower), Cannongate Kirk, Deacon Brodie, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle, Golfer's Land, John Knox House, Museum of Childhood, Museum of Edinburgh, Royal Mile, St Giles' Cathedral (High Kirk of Edinburgh), The Palace of Holyroodhouse, The People's Story, The Scottish Parliment (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba)