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Edinburgh, UK

Enchanted by Edinburgh

I was immediately enchanted by Edinburgh. When I first stepped out of Waverly Station I was a bit disoriented so I asked an elderly couple for directions. They asked where I am from and when I told them the States they spent several minutes telling about their travels in the U. S. It was a delightful welcome to the city.

I stayed at No. 38 Bed & Breakfast at 38 Dublin Street, just a couple of blocks off of Princes St. Richard, one of the owners, is not only really interesting to talk to but very knowledgeable about a variety of topics. And he makes an awesome Scottish breakfast (full, of course).

I had so many great experiences in Edinburgh that it's difficult to pick just one. Mary King's Close is amazing because there are entire tenement apartments, hundreds of years old, right under the city. Arthur's Seat is a great climb and gives great views of the city and surrounding area.

The Scotch Whiskey Experience is also a must-do. It was very educational and the price of admission gets you a tasting lesson and a few sample shots.

While Edinburgh has lots to see and do, the highlight for me was the people. I was fortunate to meet some locals at The Jolly Judge pub and shared drinks, Indian Food at The Red Fort, brunch the next morning, then fireworks from Edinburgh's Disgrace (National Monument of Scotland) to mark the end of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.