Embra day trip. First stop @traversetheatre. Thanks for the tour. Can't wait to come visit again during #edfringe! pic.twitter.com/SxUlKTpnQS
— Pepperdine Scotland (@PeppScotland) July 3, 2014
After the tour, we met with our Religion teacher, Donald Smith, who accompanied the group as we walked through the medieval cobblestone streets of the Old Town in Edinburgh, along the Royal Mile (a long street in the middle of the town which is exactly one mile long), which is naturally a tourist hub delightfully surrounded by pubs, contemporary stores, delicious fudge boutiques, many street performers (including an absolutely terrifying Yoda), a medieval castle, and Reformation era buildings. However, during the Fringe festival, the Royal Mile will not only serve as a location for tourists but it will also be packed with brilliant performers and unique artists who will bring their contemporary art and ideas to this Medieval town.
|The Company in the Main Hall of the Scottish Parliment|
As we reached the end of the Royal Mile, I saw a large, postmodern building, which clearly did not blend in with the rest of the High Street. The building before me was our next destination, the Scottish Parliament. Built on the architectural concept that the Scottish Parliament should reflect the relationship between the Scottish people and nature, the building consists of leaf shaped motifs and large windows to view the beautiful mountain in the distance. Again, we had another tour guide who walked us through the political building, discussed the Scottish Referendum and most importantly, briefly mentioned that Queen Elizabeth has a palace directly on the other side of the street. Once our tour had ended, we gathered outside the sycamore and oak walls of the Parliament as we discussed return train tickets and sites to see for the next few hours. Suddenly, we see a crowd of people who had gathered to the streets and it was at that very moment when Ms. Grant yelled,” THE QUEEN, THE QUEEN, THE QUEEN IS COMING!!!” Just another magical day in Scotland!