We started the day with a "traditional scottish breakfast" from the Inverleith Hotel in Edinburgh. Eggs any style, sausage and baked beans (???). Baked Beans seem to be standard garnish here. Learning the language has also been interesting.
" Do you want mixed toast with that".....wheat and white toast.
" Breakfast starts at half eight"....eight thirty.
" Here is what we have on offer"....on the menu.
Our room was great by the way....down a spiral staircase to a basement level with a view up to the street.
So the night before was our very long day, and we wanted to see the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh before we headed to North Berwick. The entrance was just one block away from the hotel, so we hit the pavement right after breakfast. The flowers did not dissappoint, here is a small sample.
Most of these were located in greenhouses, and I can't see greenhouses without thinking of my good friend Chuck who recently retired from UC Davis. I started collecting pictures for him.
Now I mentioned that I was collecting these images thinking about Chuck, when I noticed this salt and pepper gray haired gentleman with a goatee. I looked at him, he looked at me. He looked so familiar to me. Finally I gathered my courage and introduced myself to him. As crazy as it sounds I had run into another friend of Chuck's...Doug Van Winkle! He was in the middle of a vacation with his wife and daughter that started in Paris and working his way to Scotland. What are the odds of that!!
Hey Chuck, Doug says "Hi!"
On to castles, we visited two. Dirleton and Tantallon located in North Berwick. Here are some images and some words to go with them
Getting late, so I will cut this short. The other place we visited was the Preston Mill. A very old grain mill run by a water wheel from the river flow