Looking down on Edinburgh

After arriving in Edinburgh mid-afternoon yesterday, my friend Meredith and I checked in to our hotel, followed a maze to our room (I can't even tell you how many turns you have to make between the elevator and the room), and then kind of ... stared at each other.

"What do you want to do today?" we both asked, neither of us having really bothered to do much research for this first part of our Scottish trip.

And so, in the end, we marched up Castle Hill to get eyes on the city. The Edinburgh Castle itself is really interesting, holding the Scottish Crown Jewels, and being the birthplace of James VI of Scotland (aka James I of England), the only child of Mary Queen of Scots.

Both of us are pretty big fans of historical fiction, and we trolled the gift shop looking for books about the era, wanting to learn more about Scotland. It's not all kilts and bagpipes, you know! (Awesome though those may be!)

Then we spent a moment looking over the ramparts and getting a lay of the land. It was a gray and rainy day, typical for Scotland, one presumes, but we could still see a lot of vibrancy and beauty down in the city below us.

Today, time to go explore it!