hello from scotland! last month, on the way to shetland, i spent a few days in edinburgh before (and after the island), there is so much fascinating history, and an interesting story for everything in scotland, i won't even try to do it justice. instead, here are a few photos and highlights of this most magical of cities...
my bed & breakfast is on pilrig street
St Giles' Cathedral is the historic City Church of Edinburgh. With its famed crown spire it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, it is the Mother Church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland's chivalric company of knights headed by the Queen).
here. (i did rub bobby's shiny nose!)
first selfie, with a cannon!
the scottish parliament
completely incredible. seeing the great tapestry of scotland was an experience i'll never forget.
i bought the book on the making of it and look...
this is one of the stitchers, cindy is sharing the panel she worked on! brilliant moment! for more information on the great tapestry of scotland (and to view every panel) go here.
seen on a plaque outside the parliament
when i returned from shetland i came here again for dinner and a fringe festival event in an adjoining room!
here is reason number one for coming to edinburgh. to see this house. robert louis stevenson, beloved author, traveller, poet, was born here. on 13th november 1850. (a plaque beside the door declares this). waking early one morning, with map in hand, i walked the two miles (or so) to the thing i wanted to see most. on 8 howard place on a quiet tree lined street, i found it.
it was an extraordinary moment. i've been a collector of robert louis stevenson for many years, vintage books and ephemera have found their way into my hands and heart...my eldest daughter read a poem of rls at our wedding and on our honeymoon we visited western samoa, on the island of upolu, we saw his home vailima and his final resting place.
thank you for coming along! xxx lori