Culross

Sunday 17th, October. Today we would be moving on to Edinburgh, which is the start of our solo tour of Scotland and the UK. We had enjoyed the past few days with Avril and David, they were relaxing in a way, especially compared to our Toronto experience. We would be returning to Avril and David’s for a few days before we fly home, so we left some things with them to save us from carrying them all over the UK for no reason. The day was once again overcast, but fine otherwise.

Avril and David were good enough to drive us to Edinburgh to see us on our way. Our first stop was at the small town of Culross on the northern side of the Firth of Forth. When I say small, I mean small. The town is small, but the houses and particularly the doorways and tiny. David and I got out to look around this wee town and got some photos of the doorways. I stood next to them to portray the pronounced size difference. We walked through the town for a while so I could search out things to photograph, but it was so cold that I didn’t feel inspired to take many shots. We did come across some streets cordoned of for filming purposes. The guy on the barrier couldn’t tell us much other than he was told to stand there and that is all he knew. While we were doing all this Avril and Kim were sitting in the car staying warm.

As we left Culross, David tried to get a good vantage point to see the Forth road and rail bridges. It was a bit of a lost cause unfortunately. I would have loved to get an iconic photo of the Forth rail bridge. I can’t remember if we got a photo of it as we drove over the Forth road bridge, but if we ever return to the UK I will have to try and get a good photo of that bridge. We could see the Forth rail bridge to our left as we crossed the Forth road bridge. Part of the bridge was covered due to painting. It looked like a big lego bridge with its coverings.

On the Edinburgh side of the Firth of Forth we made a stop at an electronics store and bought a new Canon G11 camera for Kim to replace the broken G10 from New York. While we were there I also purchased another external hard drive so I could back up all our photos for safety. We had been traveling with a external hard drive from the start of the honeymoon. One evening Kim asked me “what happens if our external hard drive fails or gets lost”? I said we would lose all our photos and videos to date, so I had to get another hard drive to protect our files. As a result both hard drives had identical information on them and were carried in separate bags at all times from that point on. It took a while to back everything up onto the new drive, but once it was done we were reassured that our precious photos and videos would be safe.

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