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... on UK soil and which marked the end of the Jacobite Rebellion. Then on via the coast to Elgin.
Day 49 Sunday September 20 Elgin to Edinburgh
A long day planned with a scenic drive through the Highlands. We drive close by Balmoral Castle and, with the Queen and Prince Phillip in residence, consider dropping by for tea. However it turns out she is on her way to Sunday church and slips by without so much as a royal wave (see photo).
... in a bit of a daze and moving slowly, but I did get some rest at her place, even though I barely slept. I was anxious to see Mum despite being so tired.
My sister took me to see her in the afternoon. She actually looked a lot better than I had expected, but she seems to have lost some physical strength with being mostly in hospital beds for about 6 weeks. She was so happy to see me that our visit was longer than her normal preference of 20 ...
Some days are harder than others, when I stop to think about the family, hearing things I am missing, seeing them upset etc but then knowing how well Heath is coping, seeing their smiley faces and hearing about the exciting things they are doing etc let's me know that even though they are missing me to that they are fine. It has been hard not chatting to mum/Nan/Amelia etc all the time, you don't realise until they are not right there how much you miss them.
... Mile for a bit later this afternoon, ate dinner at the Kilderkin pub (12 inch fresh pizza for £1!) tonight we took a very kitschy but fun Ghost Bus Tour of Edinburgh. A perfect activity for a dark and rainy night. Apparently this is the most haunted city in Europe. Who knew? The tour was informative, campy fun! Lots of macabre happenings here: public hangings, cannibals, live burnings, angry spirits walking about, and the ...
... we did find more level streets a block or two off the Royal Mile to make the trip back to our apartment a bit easier. Regardless, we walked about 7 miles our first day but it seemed easy as there is so much to see and many places to break our journey and take a break.
We walked the Royal Mile where we passed tourist gift shops, Scottish woolen shops, whisky shops and lots of pubs and restaurants. Street performers ...