Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Destination: Edinburgh

Hi Guys,

While I was visiting my daughter in London, we took the train up to Edinburgh, which was lovely! Edinburgh Castle sits on the hill overlooking the city and it is just fabulous!

There has been a castle on the rock since the 12th century and it has been used as a museum, a prison, and a war memorial, to name a few. Look how the castle is built to the very edge of the rock:

And of course - Edinburgh Castle is where The Stone of Destiny is housed (which is the inspiration for the Stone of Tara in the THE FAERIE RING series...)  The Stone is in the same room with the Crown Jewels of Scotland and no pictures are allowed. They have like 4 guards in there to make sure you don't take one (I tried! :-})  But I did manage to get this:

Anyway - it was an amazing place to visit. How's this for a fireplace:

We found this awesome old cemetery and if you look through the trees you can see the castle in the distance.

As any good reader knows, JK Rowling lives in Edinburgh and wrote all the Harry Potter books in cafes around the city. Below is a shot of a street in Old Town that was supposedly the inspiration for Diagon Alley.

We also found an old funky bookstore (that was very much like Shakespeare & Co in Paris) where I made this delightful find - the British edition of the first book of the Harry Potter series:  HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. Somehow there is a lovely synchronicity in buying this book in the city where it was created.

And finally, one can't go to Scotland without visiting St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf!  Here is the famous bridge and then the not-so-famous - me and my daughter! :-)  (Haha - I know I look slightly confused there - I was concentrating on taking the picture and smiling at the same time - obviously more than I could handle! blurp! :-)

That's it for now!  Don't forget I have a new book out - UNWRITTEN - only $2.99 on Kindle!


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