This is one of the most European cities we’ve seen. There was a castle near our Air B&B where Mary, Queen of Scots spent time. It’s kept pretty bare bones and empty of tourist trappings, which was totally cool… it helped us imagine life there. That banquet hall really must have held a lot of partyers! The Royal Mile is touristy for sure but quite beautiful. We visited the Scottish Storytelling Center where we heard a traditional teller.. she spoke almost in a whisper, but her very expressive voice was gripping! There is a statue of the philosopher David Hume with a bare foot. Apparently philosophy students tickle his toes to get good grades. This is also a writer’s haven… stomping ground of Walter Scott, Robert Burns, and J.K. Rawlings.
We also wandered through the outlying neighborhoods, comfortable places of old row houses, Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants, bookstores, and consignment shops. We found a walk along along the River Leif – it’s called the Water of Leif path. It is easy to imagine you are out of the city here… trees and other plants make it almost dark as night by some small waterfalls. Shorebirds and ducks make their home here. We could have followed it to other towns, but Edinborough called us back. It will do so in the future too.