Our second day in Edinburgh started off with something really special: tea and breakfast with Tanya of 52 Books or Bust. She reached out to me before my trip when she saw I'd be in her town, and you know I won't pass up an opportunity to meet another book blogger.
|I saw Tanya |
Plus it didn't hurt that we met at Elephant House, the spot where the great Rowling herself sat to ponder Harry Potter's story.
|Where it all started. Seating in the seats of great minds. Etc. etc. etc.|
|The bottom of the path up. Feeling pretty optimistic.|
|Looking up to the peak and wondering if we're really up for this. Too stubborn to admit we aren't.|
|St. Margaret's Loch. Aka Swan Lake (to us, not to real people who actually name things).|
|Not the most flattering picture (selfies are bad on me), but proof that we made it to the top!|
|Actually one of my favorite pictures of The Beard from the whole trip |
(second to the one of him in Rome in front of a salumi store... to come later on in this series).
|Heading back down. Yours truly very grateful for hand rails, because I'd yet again climbed up something I was afraid to climb back down.|
|You think you're back at ground level, and then you're at the top of these stairs.|
Jacob's Latter, Arthur's Seat
|Look at those little dots for people at the top!|
Our trek to the top of Arthur's seat and back took a few hours--it was definitely higher and generally larger than we'd anticipated--and it was worth every minute. The Beard was grumpy going up and I was terrified going down and the whole way, we were both absolutely amazed that so much raw nature can exist in the middle of an otherwise bustling city. Essentially in the "backyard" of a palace, at that.
We walked down the far side of Arthur's Seat, landing us in the small town of Duddingston, where we had dinner and
See the rest of our trip (or rather, what I've posted photos of so far) here.