Yesterday, I took my first trip to Edinburgh since I got the Canon 30D. It was about time I went back, as it was my last visit there that started me on the train of thought that ended up with me buying a proper camera and starting to get moderately serious about photography. I had the chance of free first class travel, which persuaded me to make the effort. It was one of those deals where you have to travel at the right time, and if you’re on the wrong train, you’ll have to pay, but I had no problem with that.
I arrived in the city at around 11:15, and had a good wander around, passing the Scott Monument before heading up to the Castle area. I then too the traditional stroll down the Royal Mile, pausing to take a few pictures along the way. When I got to the Scottish Parliament, I stopped to eat my sandwich and plan my next move. I did want to have a walk up Arthur’s Seat, that rather large rocky outcrop that dominates that end of Edinburgh, but I got just a short distance up when my knees started suggesting that if I went any further, they would be very unhappy indeed. As I wanted to be able to walk for the rest of the day, I gave in to their demands. I’m hoping that if I can lose a lot more weight, they might object less to moving me up hills, in which case, I’ll have another go at a later date.
Having been thwarted slightly, I moved on to my next objective: Calton Hill. This is a slightly less impressive high place, but it does have some interesting monuments and superb views of the city. I could see the top of the Forth Rail Bridge, and got a recognisable picture of it. On another visit, I’d like to get up close and take some more pictures of that lovely structure. Up to this point, it had been a moderately bright day, but while I was on Calton Hill, the wind got up and it started to rain. By this time, I’d been wandering around for nearly three hours, so it was a good time to take a break. I went to the National Gallery of Scotland to have a coffee, look at some pictures and rest a bit. They currently have a small William Blake exhibition on, which I enjoyed.
By the time I’d done my art appreciation and coffee drinking, the rain had stopped, so I returned to my walking tour. I wandered around a lot more, stopping off at Greyfriars, which apart from the famous Greyfriars Bobby, has some really interesting tombs and memorials in its grounds. And then I walked some more, getting some different views and angles on the city. After a final stroll through Princes Street Gardens, I was ready for a sit down, so I went back to the station and waited for my train, which turned up on time, and got me home at a moderately sensible hour.
I had a good day, in which I took over 200 pictures. Lots of them are either under or over exposed, or otherwise of limited use, but I got some which I’m pleased with. The first batch are now visible in a new Edinburgh album, and I’ll add some more over the next day or two (or when I find a tuit).
Update: It’s 26 May 2008, and I finally found that tuit. The Edinburgh album now contains rather more pictures. Sorted out for an arbitrarily “seven months” value of “the next day or two”, which isn’t bad for me…
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