Our hotel from the Scott monument. We had breakfast (included) at the hotel both mornings. It was a buffet, "full Scottish Breakfast" which seems to be about the same as an English Breakfast except there is also Haggis included. Am I missing something?
Not quite the burst of summer flowers I remember form summer in Edinburgh, but there are signs of spring.
We went right to the Castle, and spent most of our day there. The Latin above the gate says "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit" translated, "Nobody assails me with impunity," basically don't mess with me!
The roadways within the castle are paved specifically for hauling heavy things up to the top (canon, for example). The two sides are smooth for the cart wheels, the center is rough so the horses' hooves can get a good grip.
This guy seemed to deserve to be in the photo with Alex, since he was all dressed up for the day. The Whisky & Bookshop was just another gift shop, albeit with whisky, something you don't always see in American historical sites.
On the way down from the Castle we saw this guy. He is a history teacher, who visits schools to teach about Scottish history. He stands here to raise money for Leukemia research. I don't think he runs marathons in this outfit, or at least I hope not.
His work in schools comes from the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Historic Trust if you want to learn more about it.
We did a little more shopping (Heathergems!) and took a last wander down part of the Royal Mile, then we went back to the hotel, collected our suitcases, and headed for Waverley Station.
The train ride home was nice, on-time, we got good seats, and we had plenty to read with us.
We were home around nine, and after a few minutes searching in the dark for our bikes we found them and rode home from the station.
A wonderful weekend break.