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... was built by King David for his mother.
As we left the castle, we started to walk down the Royal Mile, the road leading from the castle down to Holyrood Palace at the bottom. It was tourist central, every two shops in three were full of tartan and shortbread. The others were pubs and cafes. We had a quick look around some of the gift shops, without buying anything, before stopping for a coffee and scone (cider for David) in a cafe just off the Royal Mile.
Cometh the hour, cometh
the man. Europe entered the final day with a 4 point advantage with 12 singles
matches to play. In past iterations of the Ryder Cup, the lagging teams have
surprisingly overcome this deficit and birthed superlatives such as the Miracle
at Medinah. Alighting the train at Gleneagles Station it's a "dreich"
Perthshire day, ominous with heavy dark grey cloud. A harbinger of another
surprising outcome? Captains ...
... tail. This one was carrying a very long stick in its beak and was jumping from ledge to ledge to the top of the roof of a house where the chimneys were. I thought they must be building a nest up there. But no. Once it got to the top - near the chimney pipes, it flew down, across the street to the park where there was a very large tree. Ah! The stick must have been quite cumbersome so it needed some elevation to get to the tree, and the chimney was higher than the tree.
Once it ...
... the city called Salisbury Green Hotel, which is on the campus of the University. A beautiful old castle looking residence and we are on the 3rd floor which is lovely except there is no lift, so was fun dragging our cases up the spiral staircase.
After booking in we ventured out walking to the city. It started to rain lightly (which apparently always does in Edinburgh), ...
... in the bar.
Once again we returned to the room to find that the lights were out and everyone was asleep. Gah. Lamo again! And so into bed we scuttle and thus ends another day.
Oh Claire doesn't want me to mention how much of a junker she is but i tell you all day it was spot the patisserie, lolly shop, ice cream shop and cake menu.... She is insatiable with sweets.
Right now i am on the train to Inverness and we have chocolates and percy pigs.... Sigh.