Bagpipes and Magpies

[by Fred Lynch, near Boston, Massachusetts]

Edinburgh, Scotland is a charming city with castles, pubs and friendly people. On the first of two days that I spent there, I marched down crowded streets with all the other tourists (and there were plenty of them). But it was the second day, that I’ll probably remember more fondly. That’s when I set off to a quieter part of town to wander the side streets and to soak up the city through sketching.

While many busy corners of downtown Edinburgh featured the sentimental screeching of bagpipes, little Gloucester Lane and its offshoot, Gloucester Square, serenaded me differently – with the low rumbling of cars over cobblestones and the distant call of magpies from the ever-changing skies.


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