Monday morning was a little sad for me. Tour over. Friends had travelled back to London. I didn’t let that stop me from trying to see as much of central Edinburgh as I could before heading to the airport at noon.
I strolled around the corner to The Elephant House, a quaint inner city cafe that earned notoriety as the birthplace of Harry Potter. I order a peppermint tea and a plate of pancakes to enjoy while thinking about J.K. writing that illustrious series. Wondering if I could discipline myself to write more than a blog now and then. There was a young woman writing in the window at one point; perhaps hoping lightening will strike twice on the same forehead? I left with perhaps the only, and most amazing, bathroom selfie I shall ever take. Aside from the banner out front, having a ‘very important bathroom’ is the only other way the cafe acknowledges its wizarding roots.
A few doors down the road from the cafe is the graveyard where J.K. Rowling found inspiration for some of her famous characters. Most notably, Tom Riddle – Voldemort). Greyfriars Kirk would be creepy in winter if it were not right next to a wonderfully noisy school.
The path down to the Riddle grave is well trodden. Grass has no chance here. Quite a few pilgrims made their way here while I was in the graveyard. They’d arrive, take a picture and leave. I watched this recipe for about fifteen minutes before heading on.
I walked back up towards the Royal Mile with a mind to stroll down one side and back up the other when I came across a couple of eagle owls! This one, I was told, is only 10 months old! The beautiful birds were attracting a lot of attention from passers-by.
When I reached the bottom of the Royal Mile (the Holyroodhouse end) I decided to have a go at view hunting up Arthur’s Seat. I only got half way up before running out of time (and energy) and turned back for the aircoach. Sad to leave Edinburgh and holidays behind me – until I leave for Morocco in April.
No official tours were scheduled for the day I was in town. In case you’re left in the lurch as well, I’ve made a wee map of the stroll I did. Left at 9.30 am from the hostel and reached my bus stop at about 1.30 pm.