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Edinburgh is a relatively small city (about 500,000 people) and very compact -- almost everywhere in the city center (including the University) is within walking distance. The Royal Mile, in the Old Town, is the most heavily touristed area, with many street performers, narrow alleys and closes, churches, and the Edinburgh Castle. I visited the Parliament, which is a brand new and very controversial building (mostly due to its enormous cost overruns -- the building itself is, in my opinion, a very handsome piece of architecture). Holyrood Park is just a few minutes' walk from the city center, and contains Arthur's Seat (an extinct volcano) and the Salisbury Crags, which make a beautiful backdrop to the city (you can see them in the background in some of the Parliament shots). I took a day trip down to the Borders region to see the remnants of Hadrian's Wall, the northernmost outpost of the Roman Empire, which is now in northern England. It's about three hours' drive, and we stopped at some other sights on the way: Rosslyn Chapel, now famous due to its prominence in "The Da Vinci Code", and Melrose Abbey, which we were not able to enter because it turned out that the Duke of Buccleuch had just passed away, and his funeral was being held there. There were many official-looking persons. Most of these pictures were taken during a trip in September; the ones at the bottom are from November, when I went back to scout out different neighborhoods.

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authentic Scottish food

Street scene

Street scene

Arthur's seat

? with Arthur's Seat behind

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Arthur's seat

Salisbury Crags

Arthur's Seat

Holyrood Park

In Holyrood Park

Salisbury Crags

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View of Edi from Holyrood Park

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Salisbury Crags and Edi

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Salisbury Crags

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Crags/Arthur's Seat

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Downtown

Edinburgh Castle

North Bridge and the Balmoral hotel

Governor's house

The Royal Mile (Old town)

Old town

Old town

Old town

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

View from Parliament

Parliament (observer's seats)

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Parliament

Old town

Royal Mile (old town)

St. Giles

View near the Castle

Edinburgh Castle

View of New Town

View of New Town

Near the Castle

St. Giles (?)

View of New Town

Street performers on break

Rosslyn Chapel

Green man in Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel exterior (newer addition)

Rosslyn Chapel exterior

At Rosslyn Chapel

From Rosslyn Chapel

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Funeral of the Duke of Buccleuch at Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

Hadrian's Wall

From Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

Near Hadrian's wall

From Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

View from Hadrian's wall

View from Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

Hadrian's wall

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Mile House along Hadrian's wall

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England/Scotland border

England/Scotland border

England/Scotland border

At the border

Bruntsfield

Nov. morning in the Meadows (taken w/ phone)

The Meadows

The Meadows (and Arthur's Seat)

Old Town

Old Town

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Future Informatics building

Current Informatics building (on right)

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Edinburgh Castle

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New Town

New Town/Stockbridge

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Dean Village

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Giant props

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