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... so the city grew up, not out. Although Edinburgh Castle is up on a hill, the rest of this spine is in a valley. The actual street known as the Royal Mile runs parallel along the south side of this spine. There are small streets, more like alleys to us, that run perpendicular to the spine much like ribs. These streets are called closes. They were often named for the people who owned the land on them or who ran the businesses on them. For example, we found Craigs Close and we took ...
... it started lightly raining before we went on. As soon as we started it began to pour sheets of rain. The kids were incredible as they sang and danced in the rain. I played guitar and both I and the guitar were thoroughly soaked.
The only time it stopped was when we sang "WALKING ON SUNSHINE", it started right back afterwards.
Anyway we are all having a bonnie time here. Tomorrow we have an easy 1 performance day!
... one of the converted hospital buildings.
We did a short walk to the Golden Mile area of downtown Edinburgh before returning to the apartment via Sainsbury where we bought supplies for a home cooked dinner. The supermarket had some interesting produce including "Haggis chips" and "Stewart Beer". That evening, Jeed cooked Spaghetti Bolognese supervised by John, following an original recipe inspired by John. John also supervised the cleaning up.
This morning we visited The Real Marys King's Close, an underground guided tour of the hidden streets and buildings hidden below the Royal Mile of Edinburgh. Due to the city walls the city could not so much go out as it could go up. The tour describes the history and main events of the 17th century as you walk through the homes and streets of those who lived in Edinburgh through these times! Really ...
... This is also where we will be bringing in 2014!!!
We drove up to Calton hill where we had a great view of Edinburgh city. We also got to see the National monument, which is referred to as the 'Scottish disgrace'. It was intended to be "A Memorial of the
Past and Incentive to the Future Heroism of the Men of Scotland but due to the lack of funds it was left unfinished.
We ate in at this great Mexican restaurant ...