WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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we could have seen how the nobility lived at Blair Castle, just outside of town, we elected instead to see life downstairs at the basement museum in the majestic 19th-century Atholl Palace Hotel. The self-guided tour includes Victorian-era recreations of the cramped rooms where servants slept and worked. Before departing Pitlochry, we had time to peruse the used bookstore that had taken up residence in the vintage station. We found many shops like this one, crammed with paperback thrillers and battered hardcovers; Kindle has yet to conquer Scotland. Edinburgh's Waverley train station is re putedly the only one in the world named for a novel, the first by native son Sir Walter Scott. It's located in a valley that separates the old (medieval) and "new" (18th-century) sec- tions of town. The old town is perched on the sloping spine of a steep ridge that rises to the city's landmark castle, which stands on the lava neck of an extinct volcano. From there, the shop-lined and pedestrian-clogged Royal Mile runs down to Holyrood Palace, one of the queen's homes away from home in Scotland. In medieval times, space was at such a premium that the poor lived in rickety high- rises that hugged the steep sides of the ridge. A costumed guide led us down through a 17th- century warren of multi-level streets and hov- els known as The Real Mary King's Close. Guided walking tours cater to all tastes and endurance levels. If you'd rather stay above ground, you can combine books and brew 197 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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