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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scotland: Edinburgh

[Continuing to post on our Sept-Oct trip to Scotland.  One problem with posting so late after returning is my memory is not serving me well so please excuse my mistakes or lack of labels.]

We took the train from Dunblane to Edinburgh rather than attempting to do the drive and find parking.

Coming out of the train station we had to get our bearings as to which direction to walk to the Museum of Scotland.

First impressions?  What a drab, dark city!

Burning coal for heat has darkened all the facades.

We made it to our destination and I'll post about what we saw another time.

The rooftop of the museum gave us our first look at Edinburgh Castle.  We chose not to visit there because we had had our fill of palaces and castles at this point in our trip.

The dreary day didn't do anything for the drab dark buildings either.

Some of these rooftop photos are just silhouettes.

Notice the grass in the foreground?  Part of the green roof of the museum.

Another view of the castle.

Coming out of the museum I spied Greyfriars Bobby with his shiny nose where tourists have rubbed it.  Do you know the story of this dog?  After his master, an Edinburgh police officer died, the dog maintained a vigil from 1858-1872 over his master's grave.

We passed this landmark on the street too.

A closer view of the castle with the crowds.

Adding to the lackluster look of Edinburgh were the street performers/buskers on every corner and the tourist shops all selling the same things.

I know many people love this city but we were only impressed by the museum.