It is greedy. But as our ship pulled out of Edinburgh, Scotland after less than 24 hours, I was wishing we had more time there. As I have written before, cruises take you places you might not otherwise see, but you never have enough time in them.
Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since 1437. It is on the southern shore of Firth of Forth, an estuary of the Forth River.
The Firth of Forth — such an odd name: it became stuck in my youthful memory without really knowing where it was until now all these decades later.
Bronze Age settlers built a fort on top of a volcanic outcropping now known as Castle Rock. Celtic ancestors of the Scots fought various invaders over the centuries. It was occupied by the Romans in the late first century. The Anglo-Saxons captured it in the seventh century and named it Eiden’s burgh or Eiden’s fort. They held it for 300 years until the Scots recaptured it. Then the English took it.
The oldest existing building is St. Margaret’s Chapel built in 1130 by her son King David I. Margaret, a Saxon Princess, fled England soon after the Norman Conquest. Known for her piety, after her 1043 death her body was smuggled past besieging English forces. The Pope declared her a saint in 1249.
The community flourished in the 18th and 19th Centuries becoming one of Europe’s greatest intellectual centers.
The area near the Castle filled with narrow twisting medieval cobblestone streets is the “old town.” The “New Town” was developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and features elegant Georgian-style buildings.
Many authors including Robert Louis Stevenson were born there. J. K. Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter novel in a coffee shop there because she couldn’t afford to properly heat her apartment.
Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote “a man is wealthy who has enough.” By U.S. financial statistics, we are not wealthy. But we have enough. That is, I have enough until I want to stay in a new place long enough to really get to know it. Am I wealthy; am I greedy? It depends on the day.
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