The Bespectacled Mother

Edinburgh through the lens

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The magnificent North Bridge connecting the old and the new

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A walk up the Royal Mile to the Edinburgh castle

The Royal Mile (Scots: Ryal Mile) is the name given to a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The thoroughfare, as the name suggests, is approximately one Scots mile long[2] and runs downhill between two significant locations in the history of Scotland, namely Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

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A view of the opposite direction on the Royal Mile

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Edinburgh Castle entrance

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Queuing up

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock.  There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison.

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View from the castle. An eye opener for us – Oh!!! Edinburgh is a coastal city.

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The western end of the city restricted by the hills

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Love what the clouds do to the picture

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A view of the city, New Town, below

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A cannon keeping vigil at the enemies

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Mum: What are you doing Dhruv? Dhruv: Dhruv check kar raha hai. Off course the 500 year old cannon would need some checking and inspection.


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With a lot of war memorials, war museums, guns, cannons, swords, and models of battle tanks, we had realised that this castle must have served more of a cantonment than a residence to some royal. Therefore, the souvenir that we got from there was a battle tank.



After spending 3 hours at the castle bearing with the heavy rain and running after the kid who was determined to make most of the rain and the resultant puddles we decided to move down the Royal Mile, grabbing a quick lunch and exploring the festival activities. We soon realised to stop is to peril when with a kid. This meant keep moving.

At the lower end of the Royal Mile was the Scottish Parliament which is open to the public but we missed it since we were already past its closing time.

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View outside the Scottish Parliament

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Dhruv’s world – Get my stroller out, it is stuck

While our day trip was coming to an end and we were reiterating nothing can substitue an experience Dhruv was struggling to get his stroller enroute.

We then headed for the train station to return back on the Trans Pennine Express this time since a train is never just a train.

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8 thoughts on “Edinburgh through the lens

  1. I loved the battle tank. It reminded me of Cant Crossing, Mathura. Do you remember ?


    • Anamika Agnihotri on said:

      Yes I do Shweta. As a child it was the most fascinating thing about Mathura and the fact that it was used in 1971 war.


  2. I loved pics… Don’t know what will happen if I ever visit this city…Ur interesting take on the city and ur trip is too good… Am mesmerised with beauty of this city…while you have written this post for all and sundry, I like the subtle elements of personal life captured in the post including the pics


    • Anamika Agnihotri on said:

      You know Pallavi this is the best place I have ever been to. Hope I could get 1 or 2 days more to explore it all.


  3. Edinburgh is truly special. Its a city you have to spend more time in, and soak in all the cultural activities as well.


    • Anamika Agnihotri on said:

      Edinburgh is indeed truly special for its cultural heritage. Unfortunately I had just a day’s time to spend in this city.
      Thanks a ton Paramvir for taking time out to be a part of my exploration and for sharing your thoughts here.


  4. Lovely pictures Anamika. You have captured the city so well in your clicks.


    • Anamika Agnihotri on said:

      Thanks Shweta. I would divulge the process of capturing the clicks as pointing the camera in any direction and pressing the click button while keeping an eye on the whereabouts of the little enthusiast at all times. Still getting something to fill in the pics is a miracle of sorts hahaha


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