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May 18-19

Edinburgh

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May 18-19

May 18 we decided to go to Holyrood Palace. This was Mary Queen of Scots palace. A mile further up was her castle! At the beginning of our visit to Edinburgh Holyrood Palace was closed for Prince Charles. We took the bus over to old town and walked the Royal Mile down to Holyrood only to find out it was closed because the Lord High Commissioner was in town. (Guess we have to schedule another trip to Edinburgh, darn). Wanda dragged Sean to the Scottish Genealogy Center so she could gather information. We spent the remainder of the day up in old town before heading back our hotel room to pack up for our departure.

May 19 we flew from Edinburgh to London. We are staying at a hotel close to Stansted Airport and the bus terminal. Plan is to do some things outside of London.

May 18 Fitbit steps: 19,187

May 19 Fitbit steps: 11,719

Holyrood Palace
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Mary Queen of Scotts Bathhouse near palace
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May 17

St. Andrews

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May 17

This is the day Sean has been waiting for the whole trip – St. Andrews, the birth place of golf. St. Andrews lived up to his expectations and more. We took the bus from Edinburgh, about a 90 minute ride. St. Andrews is a beautiful, medieval village. To golf on the Old Course you must put in your reservation in November for the following year. However, there are some ballot (lottery) openings that are drawn two days in advance. One can still get on the other courses. The course was full today. No carts and lots of golfers with caddies. We also went to the British Museum of Golf. Besides checking out the golf courses, club houses and golf shops we explored the city a bit. There are ruins from a castle and an abbey, a college and plenty of shops. This is one of our favorite small towns that we visited.

Fitbit steps: 17,654

St. Andrews golf courses
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Apparently you are allowed to bring your dog golfing with you. We saw more then one dog on the course with their master.
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British Golf Museum
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One of the most famous golf artists was Thomas Hodge!
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Castle Ruins
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Abbey Ruins
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More images from our day
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May 16

Glasgow

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May 16

Today we took a bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow. It was about an hour bus ride and the countryside was beautiful. We both felt Glasgow was similar to Belfast. It was a bustling ship building community at one time. Now they are trying to re-image themselves as a cultural and artsy community. We went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. We then went down to old town and walked around before catching the bus back to Edinburgh.

Fitbit steps: 16,367

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
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Other images of Glasgow
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May 15

Scotland - Loch Ness and the Highlands

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May 15

We took a tour to Loch Ness to see if we could see the Loch Ness monster. No luck – only monster we saw was Sean. The bus drive took us through the Highlands and by many lochs (lakes). The drive was beautiful. We took a boat cruise on the famous Loch Ness.

Fitbit steps: 11,836

Loch Ness village and lake
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Highlands
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Other images from Scotland
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May 14

Edinburgh - Royal Mile and Diagon Alley Inspiration

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May 14

We started our day by going to 2 Farmers Markets, both near the castle. We ate some wonderful local food at one of the markets. Sean had a buffalo burger and Wanda had a venison pie. Lots of breads and pastries. Met a couple from Whitefish, the husband was wearing a Montana State University cap (Go Bobcats!). They had been in Ireland and Scotland as well. We then walked the Royal Mile. It is a shopping district between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (Mary Queen of Scots home). For all you Harry Potter fans – we walked up Victoria Street which was the inspiration for Diagon Alley. It is a two level shopping street, very cool. This street is in the oldest part of Edinburgh which dates back to medieval times. Edinburgh is the birthplace of Harry Potter because JK Rowling wrote at least the first three books in the series at a local coffee shop. Edinburgh is where she drew much of her inspiration for the locations, landscapes and architecture details in the series. She still has a “small mansion” in Edinburgh.

Fitbit steps: 17,564

Victoria Street - Diagon Alley Inspiration
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Images of the Royal Mile and surrounding area
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