Out and About in Edinburgh

The sun was shining!

It was a glorious day!

Self found herself on the bus for Edinburgh!  (At least, that’s where she ended up getting off.  When she got ON the bus, many hours ago, she thought she was heading for the beach at Portobello!)

She found herself walking to Queen Street, and dropped by the National Potrait Gallery again! (Their coffee shop has the most yummy desserts!  Today self tried a coconut and raspberry macaroon!  She also got a cup of black coffee —  the cups are huge, about double the size of  Peet’s back home!)

Then she walked and walked and walked.

She found herself in a most verdant park.

She saw imposing monuments (of Sir Walter Scott, among others)!

Sir Walter Scott, Princes Street

She saw the Olympic Rings, affixed just below Edinburgh Castle!

She saw a huge department store called Jenners!  Which had a 50% off sale on women’s handbags and wallets!

A petite woman in a headscarf was going crazy over Italian bags! (She only looked at the white handbags, self noticed)

Another woman was trying on wide-brimmed black hats adorned with pink roses!

There was a band regaling passersby in the park next to the Scottish National Gallery!

Self saw the BIGGEST, absolutely the BIGGEST pigeons she has ever seen (At least, self assumed they were pigeons, since they were white and had wings.  But, since self lost her contac lenses two weeks ago —  in fact, only two days after arriving in Edinburgh —  she can’t be 100% sure that they actually WERE pigeons!)

Afterwards, since self was a wee bit fatigued, she treated herself to a cab to Dalkeith.  The cab driver was covered in tattoos of his favorite soccer team, the Edinburgh Hearts!  He told self that he coughs up 385 pounds every year for a season ticket!

Self inquired if he knew where Fettes (brother-in-law’s boarding school) was, and he told her how to get there by bus (some other time)

She heard bagpipes!

She saw a Kentucky Fried Chicken a few blocks down from Blackwell’s on Nicolson Street!

She saw the Surgeon’s Hall again!

Edinburgh is so beautiful.

Afterwards, self decided to drop by the Bonnyrigg Public Library before heading back to the Castle.  There, she bumped into Joan, one of the other writers.  We hailed a cab driven by Gina, the only full-time woman cab driver in Midlothian.  Then self managed to add a few more pages to the story she began writing two days ago.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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