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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, September 28, 2009

Day One - Scotland

Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined with gothic architecture and I'm in heaven. Our hotel is in the middle of what is called the Royal Mile. At one end is Edinburgh Castle, built on Castle Rock, a fortress. At the other end is Holyrood Palace where Mary, Queen of Scots, lived. Such history. We only had energy to go thru Edinburgh Castle today, since we didn't sleep on the plane much at all. It's so odd that the exhibit of the Crown Jewels ends in 1561, when England conquered Scotland.

There is a Writer's Museum, which we'll check out tomorrow, a Witchery, a network of underground streets and alleyways from when Edinburgh was devasted by the Plague, and Prince Street, the shopping district. Today we ate lunch at Deacon Brovie's Tavern. Deacon Brovie was said to be the figure who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.

I wanted to thank Gene for his thoughtful guest post yesterday. Hope you had a chance to take a look at it.

Blessings from Scotland,
Karen

7 comments:

JStantonChandler said...

What a wonderful time you must be having! Enjoy Scotland and bring back many memories! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

~Jen

Marvelous Marv said...

Hey glad I stopped in - thought you wouldn't be posting for a while but ... GREAT guest article! Sounds like your trip is off to a fine start. How about some pictures?

The Old Silly

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

It was fun to read about one of my favorite cities again. Hope your jet lag isn't too bad and that you continue to have a fabulous time.

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh, you're making me jealous!! Sounds like a wonderful first day! Keep us posted!

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Have fun!

I loved touring the castle (remember it as dank and cold and dark) but I didn't make it to Holyrood...actually, I think it was closed to visitors when I was there. Or maybe the entrance fee was just exorbitant--I was a backpacking student at the time, staying in youth hostels. :)

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I loved Edinburgh. Watch out for Holyrood Castle, Rizzio's Closet has some nasty atmosphere still hanging around.

Hope you're being able to fight your way through the accent and enjoy the piping!

Elspeth

Gayle Vance said...

Sweetie, it sounds enchanting -- especially the narrow cobblestone streets and great architecture. I bet the tourist traffic is manageable this time of year, too. So happy for you and Gary! Love, g.