June 23rd 2014: Edinburgh

Since Edinburgh is fairly small (500,000 residents) we were able to walk everywhere today. We stopped at a music store on the way in to town to investigate the Celtic scene. Then we walked around Princes street and a couple nice walking areas. Tartan is a way of life here, at least for tourist shops. After lunch in the park, we went to the Scottish National Museum. Its an art museum, but its free, requires no ticket and lets you stumble in and see really nice artwork, including some Monet, Degas and Van Gogh works. From there we walked up the hill to the castle, which is built on one of the two extinct volcanoes in Edinburgh.

The castle seen from Princes street

The  castle was really interesting, with great views of the city and the Firth of Forth, as well the Scottish crown jewels, the place where James I/VI was born.

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To get back down to the New Town, we took High Street, which has become a line of overpriced tourist shops. It was a relief to be back in our area, with a lot fewer people. Unfortunately, when we got back I went through my bag and realized I`d lost some of belongings in the past few day, so it was a bad end to the day.

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