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Slept until noon, got lunch at “The World Famous Frankenstein” pub and wrote out this week’s postcards, then toured the (actually) famous Holyrood Palace.

Went up to near the Royal Mile again, after I finally woke up.  Saw the Greyfriars Bobby, a statue to a dog whose loyalty had him stand guard over his master’s grave for 14 years after his master died.  I tried to get in to the tavern by the same name, across the street from the statue, but the half hour wait had me walk back up the road to The World Famous Frankenstein, where I had lunch and made out this week’s postcards.  This pub was all decorated to look like Dr. Frankenstein’s lab, complete with a statue of the creature at the door to welcome visitors.

After lunch, I walked up to the Royal Mile again, and got a ticket for the Hop-On/Hop-Off tour buses.  Unlike Copenhagen, the ticket here is good for all the HO/HO lines that run around Edinburgh.  Like Copenhagen, they’re only good for 24 hours from the time of purchase.  But since it covers more lines, enables you to see more of the city, I thought it was a much better value.  I may go out again tomorrow morning to use the rest of my time.

From the HO/HO, I took a walk over to Holyrood Palace, the home of the Royal Family when they are in Scotland.  I went on the tour through the palace, saw the room that Mary, Queen of Scots had made up for herself in the French style she was accustomed to, saw the gardens, etc.  It was a nice tour, demonstrating the opulence in which the royals live, just blocks away from the places where the lower and middle classes are packed in.

After the tour, I got dinner at a Chinese buffet place by the bus station, then headed back home.


  1. All those stones – they’re not formed bricks, but carved stones – correct? Thinking there’s a family line going back to Scotland of Haxton/Hackstone – I bet I know what some of your Scottish ancestors did – Hacked Stone – to build all those palaces.

  2. Many, many years ago, I visited Edinburgh, during the Fringe. Among the acts that year was a doctor who had an alter-ego as a country musician. His stage name was (is) Hank Wangford, and the town was plastered with signs for his show, titled “Hankie goes to Holyrood”.

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