My new Makie doll, Effie, is a perfect companion for this journey--not just because she's charming and versatile, but because she was made in the UK, and so this gets her back a little closer to her birthplace of London, England.
The first thing we did when we arrived in Edinburgh was to climb the hill (mountain!) in the middle of the city. It's called Arthur's Seat--perhaps named after the legendary King Arthur, and it offers spectacular, panoramic views of the city.
|New Makie doll, Effie, on Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh.|
Here's the view without Effie:
|Edinburgh Castle can be seen just to the right of the middle of this picture.|
Spring is already well underway in Scotland, and Arthur's Seat is covered in beautiful (but prickly!) yellow gorse blooms.
Although Effie had to be carried to the summit of the mountain, her 13 joints actually make her an excellent climber:
At the end of the first day, several more Kinder Surprise eggs were opened. I'll show you all of the toys I got in my eggs.
A plastic panda with a little cardboard diorama backdrop:
A shiny red hamster with a heart stamp:
And this little race car that actually zooms around:
I also opened up another Makie fukubukuru bag to see if there were some other fun outfit options for Effie:
This bag had a repeat dress (the black and red polka dots), a pair of silly glasses, a grey wool jacket, some cream colored leggings, and an itty bitty denim mini skirt:
The jacket feels like it is made out of wool or dense fleece, but the construction is very simple:
Effie took quite a few tumbles on Arthur's Seat, and she had a big patch of dirt on her upper lip by the end of the day. Unfortunately, when I tried to wash the dirt away, I washed away her nice pink lip paint, too:
At least the silly glasses hide her mouth!
I actually decided to have her go without glasses for our next outing. She put her black wig back on and paired it with the blue and white checkered dress that I got in the first fukubukuru bag (I mistook this for a shirt), the new cream leggings, and her black boots:
We walked around the High Street, checking out little alleyways (often called "closes," or "wynds") and enjoying the sunshine:
We also walked around the grounds of Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the Royal Family, where Effie enjoyed playing on the iron gates:
We didn't have time to visit to palace, but Effie found a nice overlook where we could get a great view of this magnificent building:
And we could even see the fancy new Scottish Parliament Building, too:
I told Effie that we were going to Edinburgh Castle the next day, and she got very excited and wanted to wear her pink princess dress and her matching hair:
|I'm ready for the castle!|
What Effie didn't realize is that Edinburgh Castle is a huge, rocky fortress...not a fancy palace:
|Edinburgh Castle from the Scott Monument.|
Not only that, but it was cold and rainy that day, so she wasn't exactly dressed appropriately.
She made the best of it, though, and didn't even mind posing on a slightly wet cannon...
...or exploring the dark, damp prison rooms:
After visiting the Castle, we went to the neat World of Illusions museum. This spot boasts a rooftop camera obscura, Edinburgh's oldest tourist attraction. Effie enjoyed the views from this building, even in the rain and mist:
She also enjoyed many of the cool light exhibits:
I have no self control, so by the third day, all of my Kinder Surprise eggs had been opened. Here are the other toys I got:
A plastic put-it-together ostrich:
An awesome pull-cord top (works really well):
And my favorite toy, this adorable little bird (an owl?) that chirps when you spin its head:
This one had a pair of skeleton jeans, a "Math is E=mc2" tank top, some black glasses, and a fuzzy hat:
The shirt doesn't make any sense to me. Math is not relativity, as far as I know. I love the glasses though--they're exactly like the pink glasses, just black:
The jeans are fun, and Effie was glad to get some long, warm pants:
The hat came with a broken chin strap (perhaps why it was in the grab bag?). It's hard to understand this hat unless you see it on a doll.
|I'll need to fix that chin strap...|
And here she is modeling her outfit with the new West Highland white terrier she adopted at the Edinburgh Castle:
Effie liked this deep well down in the sub kitchens:
I was glad that the well was protected with an iron grate:
It still was possible to peek down in there and see all of the coins that people have dropped:
Here's Effie lounging in one of the third floor windows:
And looking out over Linlithgow Loch:
One tower still leads all of the way up to the top of the palace, where the views are amazing...but the height is a little scary:
I was very grateful for all of the guard rails!
Effie needed a moment to relax in the sun before we climbed back down all of the spiral stairs.
Here's Effie in my favorite room--the bedchamber of James V, just below where Mary Queen of Scots was born:
What a glorious part of the world. I wish we could stay here for another week! We still have a few more things to do, and I definitely plan to investigate some local toy stores, but our trip is already coming to an end. I'm sorry that I am not getting a chance to reply to all of your wonderful comments, but the internet here is slow, and there is so much to do....
I'll leave you with one last picture of Effie riding the train back to Edinburgh from Linlithgow:
|Pulling into Waverley Station.|