|Flags of Scotland, UK & for now, the E.U.|
|Yay! Red line Tour Bus|
Day one we used the bus to get to Princes Street, where all the fashion & electronics shops are. The story of how I got a duplicate of my broken camera is a long one, so I won't tell it. Consider yourself spared.
Below are all bits of the city I mostly shot from atop tour buses.
|Can't even say you've been to Scotland if you don't see a bloke piping|
|Of course you can buy your own bagpipe here, if you like|
|Love this, but no idea what it is|
|I love unicorns wherever I find them|
|V. adorable wee church.|
|Monument to Dr Livingstone, one presumes?|
|Monument to Sir Walter Scott|
|X marks the spot where rabble rousers historically stand and fuss|
|A popular shopping street with honest to God red booth thingies!|
|Scottish Parliament Building|
|Another view of the Scottish Parliament Building|
|National Museum of Scotland|
|Soot from 18th century coal? Not sure...|
And on the dinginess of the buildings... Didn't notice this sort of thing in Prague, Budapest or Vienna. Buildings there are just as old, but why so much cleaner? Didn't those old cities use coal in past centuries too?
Tour buses are a nice, quick way of getting one's footing in new city. As we didn't really get on and off much, we didn't really experience much of Edinburgh, so I hope in future to visit the city again, and actually walk the castles, sip coffee in the wee shoppe where J.K. Rowling penned her books (!) and pat the wee nose on Grayfriar's Bobby where thousands of his fans patted his wee nose. So there is no choice, I must return Edinburgh! I shall return. I'm looking at you Ms. Judy S.!
|Tribute to Greyfriar's Bobby - the little dog that loyally stood guard over his master's grave|
Obligatory birdie photo time!
|Lovely little Blue Tit|
|Fat Wood Pigeon|
|The now becoming 'common' to me, Pied or White Wagtail|
|Common Ravens, sharing some fast food trash|
And tomorrow we're headed home, but not before a stopover - in Iceland. Whooo hooooo!