King's Arms Hotel
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... playing musical instruments with one even playing the bagpipes.
We continued walking down the Royal Mile, all the way to the bottom past the Scottish Parliament building, to Holyrood Palace. We didn't bother paying to go in for a look around, we just had a look and took a photo from outside like a lot of other tourists.
Instead of walking back up the Royal Mile, we walked up Calton Road, past the Calton Hill graveyard ...
... to the baggage hall. We seemed to drop down about four levels on escalators before taking a train, to then come back up about four levels. I'm sure the building was an architects dream and it certainly looked nice, but it didn't seem that practical. Maybe that was just the thoughts of a weary traveler, first thing in the morning.
Passport Control was simple, we both had biometric passports so we just needed to put them in the reader and have ...
... walks. Before the tour was to start i went back to the hostel, got ready for the next day, used the internet, then headed back to the royal mile and the ghost tour meeting point. The ghost walk was good – lots of stories about the area, then we went into the vaults of the south bridge, a bit spooky here but it was cool. The tour ended here at the vaults museum. After looking around for a short time i walked back to the hostel and went to bed.
... I cannot tell you how much I like this stuff. I have had it at every opportunity since.
I stayed in all of the next day while N went for a walk in the afternoon up to Arthur's seat. That evening we headed to the Edinburgh Tattoo. OMG! So much better than on the telly. Australia didn't make a special presentation this year, but most of the countries that did, did a fantastic job, except for Malta (Sorry AZ). It is such a spectacular spectacular. We had ...
... and they were subject to much cannon fire over the years, and not much is left of them today. Even with what is left today, they are magnificent structures, simply breathtaking.
Robyn and I got up early one morning, and went for a walk, and enjoyed a crystal clear Scottish morning, and a trip to the local bakery. Yum.
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