June 24th 2014: Edinburgh

A very telling sign..

A very telling sign..

This morning we started through another part of the city, down by the river, the Waters of Leith. The bridges, walkways and random neo-classical monuments were all old and pretty.

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We circled back through the north-east area, which had lots of nice shops and even more old buildings, blackened by coal dust. Once we had hit Princes street again, we climbed up castle hill. My parents went to the Whisky experience, while Kate and I went to the Camera Obscura and World of illusions.  Known as Edinburgh’s oldest intentional tourist attraction, it had telescopes and a viewing room on the top floor and all sorts of illusions on the other five floors, including a spinning tunnel and a mirror maze. The camera obscura itself gave a 360 degree view of Edinburgh, while the guide had great facts about what we saw. The evening was quiet, with us sorting out our records for customs and realizing that we’re coming home.

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