Favorite Daughter Wraps Another Day In EDINBURGH

7 07 2009

en route

Edinburgh July 7, 2009
Posted by penguindust

Wow! Whirlwind of a day here in Edinburgh! And, for our Florida/California readers (i.e. all of you) let me begin by saying it is still in the low sixties here. Ha! Lucky that no one prevented me from packing my jacket! 😉

[That crack was for me, her silly know-it-all mom] 😀

So much happening – we started off the day in an internet cafe, where Kiki updated on a computer that was still embarrassingly slow. Then we meandered over to a free walking tour we’ve had our eye on since yesterday, which promised period-costumed tour guides. Our tour guide was an absolutely adorable young woman named Lindsay, who lost no time informing us that:

a) it was her first time running a tour, and

b) she, personally, hails from Canada.

We were a little apprehensive at first, but Lindsay proved to be well worth what we paid for her services – actually, she would have been worth a couple of pounds, truth be told, as long as she kept her handy-dandy historical date notepad in front of her at all times.

Although once or twice it seemed a little like she was, well, making things up.

“You know, they call this the Athens of the North.”

Do they? I don’t think they do. Can I get a McIlroy verification here of a phrase I think charming young Lindsay coined herself?

But I don’t mean to run Lindsay down; she did a great job, although she seemed a little embarrassed that every story she told us ended in a hanging or a burning of some sort.

The gentleman who truly won the day, however, was Andrew, who is a kilt-clad tour guide at the Edinburgh Castle and whose soft brogue, polished professionalism, hatred of large groups of schoolchildren, and brisk plod up the ridiculous inclines made us want to fold him up, put him in our pockets, and take him home.

Edinburghcastle

The Edinburgh castle is breathtaking, by the way. Neither of us can really articulate what it feels like to stand on the top of the thing and look out over all of Scotland. Once again, there will be pictures soon, but being there? Inexpressible.

Also, our interactions with Lindsay helped us come up with a fail safe “Trifecta Formula”: something’s awsomeness + knowing what it is + photographic documentation.

Tomorrow: Surgeon’s Museum, Palace of Holyrood House, and National Scottish Museum.

UNSCHOOLING EUROPE

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3 responses

7 07 2009
Patti McIlroy

Awesome and welcome to my home town of “Auld Reekie”!
I am so glad to hear you guys are safe and well and enjoying the beautiful summer weather!!!!
She was right on Athens of the North! Edinburgh is surrounded by 7 hills just like Athens, Greece…hence the name! Greece and Scotland also share St. Andrew as their patron Saint!
I should become a Tour Guide!!!! I feel Scotland calling me!
Anyway enjoy! Aw ra Best!!!!
Cheers,
The McIlroy Family,
John, Patti and Katie.
“Nemo Me Impune Lacessit”
The motto of The Order of The Thistle
“No one attacks me with impunity”

7 07 2009
JJ

Thanks to our Scottish Songbird! I posted all your excellent info to the family blog so when they wake up tomorrow and hit the internet cafe, they’ll see it . . .

Everyone, this is Patti McIlroy of Young Son’s famous McIroys!

7 07 2009
JJ

Here’s a cool toy, Edinburgh Castle in 3-D Interactive.
(don’t tell the kids it’s educational.)

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