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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Edinburgh

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The city Christmas carnival is beside the Walter Scott monument.

I loved Edinburgh. I loved the spooky old alleyways and the baked spuds stuffed with vegetarian haggis and the National Gallery (this painting in particular) and St. Giles (where I wandered in just in time for a free choral concert one Sunday evening).

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The view from Edinburgh Castle; the green strip on the right is the dogs’ cemetery.

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The castle from below, about four o’clock in the afternoon.

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St. Margaret: an early 20th-century window from the restored early 12th-century chapel.

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I went on another ghost tour, and this one was much better than the walk I’d done in York. Somebody somewhere had set off one of those paper-bag ‘hot air balloons’, and it danced in the sky as we listened to spooky stories inside the Old Calton cemetery. (That’s the little squiggle of light to the left of the obelisk.) Supposedly the graveyards in Edinburgh are open all night, which of course encourages much naughty goings-on behind the headstones after dark.

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At the top of Arthur’s Seat. This walk was hands-down my favorite thing in Edinburgh–great panoramic views of the city from boggy hills that otherwise feel wonderfully remote.

(So many more great photos from Scotland, but I probably won’t get around to posting them until after Christmas.)

3 Comments to Edinburgh

  1. susan Grant's Gravatar susan Grant
    December 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos! I would love to see it all in person…The first one is my favorite.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    December 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    The first photo is pretty awesome. The one photo looks like the Washington Monument!

  3. December 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    These are so lovely, Camille!
    How ironic that I was writing my little heart out abt the bog bodies in these region at the same time you were likely stomping around on top of them… 🙂

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.