Literary history comes alive in Edinburgh

We’re just leaving Edinburgh, Scotland, to return home after a whirlwind tour through the northern UK. One of my real joys was seeing all the monuments, museums, and mementos to some of the best known writers in the world.

Here’s the “close” off the Royal Mile that leads to the Writers’ Museum. It features three floors, one each for Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Walter Scott.

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The museum is just through the door, straight ahead!

Here is the decoration on the spiraling staircase:

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And this is what it looks like on the inside:

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Just down the Royal Mile is The Deacon’s House Café. You can read the words in the photo of the signpost below to see how it is connected to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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I also found a few more signposts about the Royal Mile that had literary significance:

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burnssign

Probably the main highlight, however, was going to the Elephant Café, which is where J.K. Rowling did a lot of her creating for Harry Potter.

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It’s a neat café in its own right, as it is decorated top to bottom in elephants! Just look at the top shelf above the coffee bar.

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My wife took this photo from inside the girls’ loo; it’s full of praise and kind thank-yous to Rowling.girlsloo_bathroom

There was no such think in the men’s loo. Just this scrawled on the mirror:

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And here’s Marcie enjoying her tea at the café. Maybe she’s sitting in the very chair that Rowling sat in?

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