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Date: Friday, June 20, 1958
Place: Edinburgh
Weather: Cold and damp

Sue and I woke up this morning at 7:45 and the room was freezing! I didn’t describe our room – we were way down in the basement, with no lock on the door, and in order to get any heat from the one tiny heater you had to put in a shilling (14 cents).

These Scotch! Meals were tasteless and I wasn’t the least impressed!

Our trip to Edinburgh was about three hours long and I got awfully cold! We visited Holyrood Castle where Mary Queen of Scots lived. The rooms were filled with portraits, tapestries, furniture and we saw some of the crown jewels.

Palace Of Holyroodhouse

Palace Of Holyroodhouse. Image courtesy of Hamish Irvine via a Creative Commons license.

After that we went through St. Giles Cathedral, and then through Edinburgh Castle which is situated high on the rocks and completely dominates the city. We also saw Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson‘s house.

St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral. Image courtesy of dun_deagh via a Creative Commons license.

After lunch we went shopping and I went completely mad – spending about $117.00! I started my gold charm bracelet and got a thistle charm, 3 cashmere sweaters, and one Shetland, a sterling silver spoon, and two thistle pins, one which I sent home to mom.

After another tasteless supper, Sue, Jean, Betsy and I went on a bus tour of the city by ourselves. I’m writing this as we take the night sleeper to London at 11:30 pm.

Postcard sent home to Mom today.

Several times, Judy B mentions her disappointment with Scottish food. While haggis is not in my top ten of dinner menus (nor top 100, either), Scotland does have some delicious dishes! Check out Rampant Scotland for a wonderful list of recipes.

Some that I’d like to try: Apple Scones, Cauliflower Cheese and Whisky, Chicken in the Heather, and then maybe some Drambuie Ice Cream for dessert. Perhaps Judy B just had some bad luck with the restaurants she visited during this leg of her trip… hasn’t that happened to us all? Visit Taste-of-Scotland‘s website for some interesting information about Scotland’s traditional cuisine.


Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and St. Giles’ Cathedral all stand on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, a stretch of streets making up the main lane of traffic through the city.

Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile and is the oldest building in Edinburgh. The Castle is situated on Castle Rock, which is the plug of an extinct volcano – it is estimated to have risen about 350 million years ago. The Castle is Scotland’s leading tourist attraction.

Holyrood Palace is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile and is the official residence of the British monarchy in Scotland. The Kings and Queens of Scots have lived at the Palace since the 16th century. The location is also where official and state functions take place. The present Queen spends a week at Holyrood Palace in the early summer.

St. Giles’ Cathedral is Edinburgh’s main place of worship and has been for over 1,000 years. The Church also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh. The original structure was built in the 12th century, but was destroyed by a fire in 1385. The church was rebuilt in the late 14th century and stands there today.

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