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UK Vacation Pic-Spam Day 1


Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh Castle


back end of a park, name I've forgotten. . .


Sphinx


'nother back end of a park.


Balmoral Hotel


Balmoral Hotel


Balmoral Hotel


Bus-window-street (not very original name, I know.)


Arthur's Seat


Arthur's Seat


Outside of the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Street outside of the Palace of Holyroodhouse



Gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse


outside of Palace of Holyroodhouse


Kind of looks like the Weasley house, right?


Gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Palace of Holyroodhouse


Palace of Holyroodhouse


Palace of Holyroodhouse


close up of the "Weasely house"


streets of Edinburgh


Arthur's Seat


Governor's House with Hamilton's Obelisk on Calton Hill (I has to double check that I didn't take a picture of a picture! Most of day one's photos were taken through the window of s bus, please forgive the glare. This one has the edge of the window in it. lol!)


Governor's House with Hamilton's Obelisk on Calton Hill


streets of Edinburgh (another one of my favorites!)


pretty self-explanatory


Greyfriars Bobby (for more info and history, see: http://www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk)


Greyfriars Bobby


Edinburgh Castle (view from the 5th floor of our hotel)



This is not all of my pictures from day one, just what I thought were the best ones. Actually, a few of these are my favorites from the trip. Please feel free to click on the photos until they are the intended sized. (They get up to poster size.) I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

I arrived a day early to adjust to the time zone and sleep off my jet-lag. Day one of our trip started with me having tea and biscuits in my room before heading downstairs. Our group wasn't scheduled to meet until the afternoon, so I had the morning to explore the city and shops. I meet some of my fellow travelers at the front desk by accident. I meet Sarah from Vegas, and Stephanie and Brenda from Florida. We all shared a taxi to Prince Street. I was looking for a shop to buy a sim card for my phone and the other ladies were looking to exchange currency. Sarah and I went our own way. We went into a few shops. I bought post cards and a bag. We walked all over the place, flipping our maps this way and that trying to figure out where we were, looking for The Elephant House. Finally, frustrated, after my lungs nearly burst from marching uphill we decided to take a taxi. The taxi driver didn't even charge us, he just laughed, as we were just a few blocks from our destination. The line there was huge so we didn't stay for lunch, but went back to the hotel. I had that delicious meal that I posted a few days ago and them sat in the lounge area waiting for the rest of the group to show up.

We meet up around three in the afternoon and went over an updated itinerary. Afterwards, we had a guided bus tour of Edinburgh by our London tour guide. She (Heather) made sure to point that out, multiple times. It wasn't a very long tour, but they did make a stop for photos Holyroodhouse. It was surreal to see the old beautiful architecture next to modern buildings. We arrived back at our hotel and Michelle and I talked for a while and exchanged gifts and we went down for dinner. (Which was delicious and no I didn't get pictures.) If I remember correctly, (witherwings7 correct me if I'm wrong) we had Tomato Basil soup for starter, roast chicken and potatoes for mains and maybe apple crisp and custard for pudding. One of the best parts of the trip was being able to talk to an adult about Harry Potter fandom(versus chatting on-line and talking to my brother Omar). We talked and talked over dinner and then Michelle and I talked until very late. It didn't get dark until almost 2330! and it was light again by 0430.

This is a video of a bagpiper taken that morning. It's very short. If it doesn't work, let me know, I'll post the vimeo link.
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