Scottish National Gallery then travel back to London
Before leaving Edinburgh we spend time at the Scottish National Gallery. Entrance is without charge; the main gallery spans about thirty different rooms.
Finally, we see live bag pipe players. The first is a young kid playing on the street. Across the road is a young pensioner playing. (1380-1417) We buy some Scottish gifts then board the train for London. Our four hour ride is uneventful and even more scenic then the London-Glasgow route. This eastern route travels right along the coast. For miles one can see golf courses planted right beside the rocky coast. The water beats up on the rocks spilling over onto land. It makes for a great ride. It is late evening by the time we arrive at the Park Lane hotel on Piccadilly street in London. The hotel sits just one half mile from Piccadilly Circus – an area similar to Times Square in New York. You can see the similarity especially in the electronic billboard displays. Our dual room suite is well laid-out and the staff is very accommodating. They, however, must not believe in wash-clothes. Each day practically we have to ask for wash-clothes! Dinner tonight is simple at a London cafe.
Update: I returned in 2011 with my wife (read that blog post).