UK Trip Part 3 – Edinburgh, Scotland

We spent our last day in England relaxing at the park and packing for Edinburgh. The park in Harrogate was cute and Daphne really enjoyed the playground.

Except for the strange swings. Those took a little getting used to.

This is a look of uncomfortable tolerance:

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The following day we woke up early and walked down to the train station to catch our ride to Edinburgh, Scotland. The trip was pretty uneventful, but we did get to see a lot of beautiful scenery on the way.

After getting off our train in Edinburgh, we walked a short distance to our apartment on the Royal Mile. Apparently, The Royal Mile is the old, historic part of Edinburgh, and there are a lot of stairs.

A. Lot. Of. Stairs.

And there are these things called “closes” that are just like narrow, steep alleyways with stairs. And you need to go up them in order to get to the Royal Mile the fast way.

2014-04-16 13.51.44Someone decided it would be a good idea to fill our suitcase with books from the Bronte Musuem and other various bookstores.

Sorry, babe.

Our apartment building was super old and had no elevator. So we had to climb a few flights of…?

You guessed it! Stairs!

They were practically ancient.

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Inside:

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Fireplace was going, because it was COLD!!!!!!!

2014-04-16 22.41.21We had a nice view of the Royal Mile and St. Giles’ Cathedral:

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Once we recovered from climbing the inane number of stairs to our flat, we decided to go back down them to explore a bit.

Camera Obscura:

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Street performers:

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We were in Edinburgh for a total of three days. I didn’t think I would like it at first because it was so much bigger and busier than the quaint English villages I fell in love with at the beginning of our trip. But once we got settled in and I got used to the size, it became my favorite city.

The Scott Monument and Princes Street Gardens:

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Old bookstores (I was only allowed to buy two books):

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The National Monument:.

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Our last day in Edinburgh was especially sunny, so we decided to make a go at climbing Arthur’s Seat.

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2014-04-18 12.17.51We didn’t make it to the very top because we tried the more adventurous route, and the path became too narrow and steep for Little Legs.

But we did get pretty high:

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After attempting to hike to the top, we wandered back down to explore some ruins we saw earlier on our way up.

Sunbathers:

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Trust me, it was not warm out.

The ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel:

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I’ll be posting about the remainder of the trip on Monday. It’ll probably be a super long post since there’s still a lot to write about and I don’t want to divide it into another two parts, because 1) I think a total of four posts is excessive enough, and 2) we’re going to Disney World on Tuesday!

Woo hoo!

So, I want to thank you if you’ve stuck with me this far.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

 

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