International, Travel

Early Morning in Edinburgh

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

The weather was brisk and a bit less rainy this day, so I set out to walk the city.

I didn’t really have much of a destination, I just picked a direction and started walking.  Below is the Elephant House, probably best known as one of the coffee shops where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel.

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A bit further away, I found myself near the University of Edinburgh – this place was beautiful.  Students wandering from place to place, studying in the little cafés and chatting away on benches.

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A few wrong turns out of this area and I ended up behind the Edinburgh Castle – which is actually a bit of a distance away from my starting location – so I decided to take a tour. 😊

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

This photo is actually of the backside … I had to trek up a side road to get to the entrance.

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The view of Arthur’s Seat alone was worth the walk.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

I even made it in time to see the firing of the one o’clock gun, which takes place every day of the week with the exception of Sunday.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

After about few hours touring the Castle, it was time for a change of scenery. I had passed by St. Giles Cathedral earlier in the morning and decided to rerun to take a closer look inside. There was a charge of £2 for a photography license, so I ponied up the coins for some amazing images. I did a full post on this St. Giles Gatherdarl here, but here is one of the stained glass windows that I took with my iPhone.

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On the way back to my hotel for a bit of a rest, I walked down the Royal Mile taking in the streets, people and performers. Every few streets there was a ‘close,’ basically the Scots word for alleyway. There are these narrow pathways that head North and South, typically between residence entrances.

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This one had a bit of an ominous name … “Fleshmarket Close”

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

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