Edinburgh, and future adventures…

We ended our week in Scotland, and our whole UK trip, with a few days in Edinburgh, one of my favorite cities of the world. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the chance to climb Arthur’s Seat, but we did enjoy walking dozens of miles throughout the city. Here are a few random photos to share before I take a break and prepare for my next adventure…

Greyfriars Kirk and Bobby’s headstone with a collection of fetching sticks left by adoring fans.
The memorial to Greyfriars Bobby, a touching story for dog lovers.
The Great Hall of the National Museum of Scotland, a fantastic museum with far more exhibits than we could take in despite spending many hours over two days.
Catacomb-like lobby of the National Museum of Scotland.
Organ pipes of St Giles’ Cathedral.
Statue of John Knox, leader of Scotland’s reformation.

Plaque outside The Royal Oak traditional folk music pub.
Musicians getting their instruments for a jam session at The Royal Oak.
Children management.
Edinburgh Castle from Princes Street.
Setting up the grandstand for the upcoming Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle.

I have always loved how the castle was built into the rock of the mountain.

The view over Edinburgh’s New Town with darks clouds warning of impending rain.

After so many days of bright sunshine, Scotland quickly began to appear as I most remember it: cold, overcast and rainy.

It felt like home again.

This trip to the UK in 2022, after months of Covid seclusion, had been a long time in the planning – yet the days and weeks passed by so quickly. It has been a blast for Joanie and me to go through our hundreds of images to choose those that we thought best represent the experience. It allowed us to relive our adventures, extend our joy, and preserve it for posterity. If it has also permitted you, our blog readers, to travel with us vicariously, and maybe to consider a visit to these marvelous places on your own some day, well that’s just another benefit of blogging, and makes all the work worthwhile.

Thank you all for indulging me in this modern-day version of “home movies” or “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” school report. I am grateful for the kind comments you’ve left here and elsewhere. Old friends have become new friends again – past acquaintances have reacquainted – broken connections have been restored. Needless to say, my greatest appreciation goes to Joanie, my best partner both on and off the trail! Without you, this trip would not have been nearly as much fun. Thank you, my love – let’s explore more together!

So, what next? After all the training, hiking, and climbing, my hunger for traveling the world on foot has not been sated. I am currently back in training to depart soon for more trail time. First, a guided crossing over the high passes of the Pyrenees on one of the WWII escape routes from France to Spain: Le Chemin de la Liberté (Freedom Trail).

Second, the French Way of the Camino de Santiago, from St Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela and Fisterra on the Atlantic coast of Spain. All together, over 600 miles (1,000 kms) over 2½ months. I’m sure I’ll manage to take a few photos and videos so don’t be surprised to see new posts on this blog “down the road.” Until then, please take care and “buen camino!”

Author: Chris

Until 2019, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia focused on Community Economic Development. Before that, I was a high-tech executive, small business owner, consultant and business broker.

4 thoughts on “Edinburgh, and future adventures…”

  1. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for these. Our clan has a castle (two) on Loch Fyne–nowhere near as grand–one is in ruins.
    What are you doing these days when not hiking?

    Ian

    1. Hi, Ian – Keeping busy preparing and training for my next adventures. I’m now three days away from flying to France for two weeks hiking over the Pyrenees on Le Chemin de la Liberté, followed by two months across Spain on the Camino Francés.

  2. Fabulous photos! They look like postcards. So happy you had the opportunity to do this trip and to share a window into your adventures with all of us. Looking forward to your coming conquests.

    1. Thank you so much for following along, Melanie! I posted primarily for my super-curious Namibian friends but it’s been fun also to connect with other friends! I’ve been thinking of you and your language skills recently as I struggle to learn a bit of Spanish for my upcoming weeks on the Camino.

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