on October 12, 2006
Okay, so it's not that much of a hike. Maybe twenty minutes up the hill. But it felt like a lot to me, a girl who has grown accustomed to the Netherlands, where you're lucky to find an incline, much less an actual hill.It doesn't take long to realize where this particular vantage point got its name. The views are spectacular. I think it would inspire even a non-artist to pull out a pencil and paper. I went with Leo, a resident of Edinburgh who has been up there many times, and he still pulled out his camera and took a bunch of pictures before saying, "What am I doing? I already have so many of these."You can look out over the sea and over the town. Across the way is the castle, and Holyrood Palace, the Queen's Scottish residence, is a bit to the right of that. Hold on to your hat. It was so windy up there. You even have to be a bit careful at the edge, as the wind can tip your balance on occasion. Be careful also during the climb up - the grass can be a bit slippery. If you're really brave you'll try running up the hill. I saw a couple of runners sweating their way up and down.In so many cities, there is some church tower that charges you three euros to climb the stairs and see the city. They're often good views, but this is by far the best of any view of any city I've ever had - and it's free! We sat there for quite a while. I'd probably still be sitting, if I hadn't had to catch that pesky plane back home.
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