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Last Full Day in Edinburgh – Mountains, Demonstrations, Caves by Ann Treacy
June 18, 2013, 5:23 am
Filed under: Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary arrived on Friday afternoon. We had a fun afternoon evening getting her situated and making her stay up late enough to curb the effects of jetlag. We also had a nice final supper with some of my TED friends. It’s always a little bittersweet to say goodbye since it’s such an intense week.

We made the most of Saturday – our full day in Edinburgh. We start with breakfast at The Elephant House, the coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Then we walked from the Castle, down the Royal Mile to Holyrood, where we saw the start of a Pride parade promoting marriage equality. (Super proud to be from a state that also supports marriage equality at a moment like that!)

Then we climbed up Arthur’s Seat. It’s a good climb up the hill/mountain. I have to admit that it’s not so much the physical nature of the task that gets me – but climbing higher and higher, especially in the steep parts. So we ended up taking an easier but longer way down. That was very OK because really after that we just continued to walk – and you can see the pictures.

We stopped in to see Mary King’s Close – well we didn’t pay for the tour, but we got the idea. It’s a sample of the layered living in Edinburgh going back centuries. There really was a whole village under the city. A couple years ago, we did a ghost tour that also showcased the layered living – the Close exhibit wasn’t quite as scary. But it did give the idea of a livelihood in the caves.

We got a great sneak into the caves again at night. We went to see a band called the Darligntons play at Bannerman’s. The pub part of Bannerman’s is fun but architecturally unremarkable. But in the back room for music you can clearly see that the space is a cave. It’s dark, musty and pretty good. We also went to a bar called the caves, where again we could clearly see the history of the caves, although this bar had done more the feature the cave appeal. In some ways the back of Bannerman’s was even cooler because they just seemed to take the heritage for granted.

We went to The Caves to attend the Torture Garden. No pictures allowed there!

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