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Life Among the Stones – Edinburgh (Chapter 10)

Posted on January 17, 2019

The Principal Edinburgh Hotel on George Street had been a Scottish landmark since its opening two centuries earlier – a favourite lodging of luminaries like Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.  It had never been constructed as one structure, but was an amalgamation of five different buildings that eventually became the one prominent Edinburgh hotel.  Alberta couldn’t recall it from her youth, but the fact that some of the world’s great authors and poets stayed there when in Scotland appealed to her publishing experience.  Robin had been able to secure them a suite.  It had recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, reclaiming much of its earlier glory and reputation. Things only got better as they entered the door beneath eight massive pillars and walked into a lobby…

The Day I Met the Queen

Posted on June 3, 2012

I have seen Queen Elizabeth II only twice in my life, but both were memorable and both were roughly a half-century ago. When she was crowned in June 1953, I was living in Edinburgh, Scotland – a young boy only three years of age. My Mom had been a Scottish war bride and because of my Dad (Canadian from Calgary) had been wounded in the war, we were permitted to take the train from Edinburgh to London to stand among the massive throng outside to see the newly crowned monarch. I recall the hours on the train, singing old war songs in a crammed coach car with hundreds of others who had just survived the Second World War. To be that young and caught…

  

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