The flat we are renting in Edinburgh is in New Town on Scotland Street. I was thrilled to discover after we arrived that Alexander McCall Smith has written a series of books called 44 Scotland Street. You may know McCall Smith as the author of the delightful book series about the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, which takes place in Botswana. Although McCall Smith was born and raised in Africa, he is a Scot and lives in Edinburgh. He wrote the 44 Scotland Street books originally as a daily serial for The Scotsman, an Edinburgh newspaper. They were so popular, he turned them into a series of novels. The characters are very quirky and engaging, and I’m loving reading about the neighborhood we’re walking through daily. What a bonus for a tour of the UK that is based on British literature! By the way, #44 does not really exist.