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The Boarder Abbey Ruins

Today we ventured out in our rental car and visited the “borders,” the area on the border of Scotland and England.  We were there to visit some of the abbeys from the 1100-1400’s that sprung up there over time.  These were some amazing abbeys that held hundreds of monks. The border areas have a bunch of ruined churches and abbeys …

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Edinburgh art, parks, and cathedrals

After the castle in the morning we hit several other sights in town. We went to the Scottish National Gallery. They had a nice medium sized collection of Italian, Scottish and impressionist paintings. We saw several more Monets, Van Goghs and Rembrandt. Had fun in the gift shop and got another Monet magnet! The Princess street gardens were just outside …

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Edinburgh Castle – home of the honors…

Edinburgh Castle is at one end of the downtown area of Edinburgh, the uphill side, as the castle sits on the top of the hill with sweeping views of the city below. it’s a great place to build a castle. However, because it is a downtown castle, everyone wants to visit. We should have bought tickets in advance, as the …