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Edinburgh: Beyond the Fringe





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Thistles bloom in Princes Street Park, beneath Edinburgh Castle.



The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was in full swing the day I was there, which meant the city's population was temporarily increased by a third. Above, youthful actors present a tableau on High Street. To the left, posters advertising various shows line the fence outside Princes Street Park.


A steep stair leads from North Bank Street to a Close off the Royal Mile.



Right: The John Knox House, juts into High Street. It is uncertain that the reknowned Protestant Theologian ever actually resided in this building.

Princes Street Park (above and right)



Edinburgh Castle



Chimney pots



Our ship was anchored in the Firth of Forth off South Queensferry. Above is a view of the railroad bridge over the firth, from the S. Queensferry dock.

Left: The afternoon sunlight shimmers on the surface of the Firth of Forth.


Hawes Inn should be familiar to anyone who has read Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, as the author located the book's opening scenes there. The Inn still stands open for business in South Queensferry.



Edinburgh Castle, as seen from the stands erected for the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo, which provided a stirring finish to an all-too-brief visit.




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