One of my favorite afternoons in Scotland was the day in Edinburgh when I visited the Writer's Museum. Located on Lady Stairs Close the beautiful 17th century home hosts some thrilling exhibits on the big three of Scotland's famous authors: Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and Robert Burns. My favorite of the three is Robert Louis Stevenson, or RLS as I call him. I bought several of his titles on this trip, both new and early edition used, but here at the museum I got Kidnapped, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and (of course) Treasure Island. I also got a few other nick-knacks dedicated to Stevenson, including a magnetic bookmark and magnet (for the refrigerator) with a fine saying of his:
"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive."
What exactly is it about such a visit that makes me want to give the rest of my life to writing? It was very inspirational to visit that old home and to see the artifacts from these by-gone eras and yet also to be able to buy the very books these men penned. Their stories have stood the test of time. Now that's a worthy pursuit.