Passage, court, place, lane, path, arcade, walk, wynd, steps, yard, terrace, close…all of these are other words that can be used for alley in the United Kingdom. I heart the UK-especially Scotland-for this and many other reasons. My husband, Tim, and I fell in love with these passageways in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, when we first visited in 2010. We recently returned from our third trip and while there, managed to take a picture in front of each close on the Royal Mile. These small areas between roughly 400 year-old buildings pull at our heartstrings and we both feel a sense of magical unworldliness. We had made a vow to explore each one in their entirety during this last trip, even if that included a bit of trespassing! We found 70 but if we missed one, please tell us…we will immediately start plans for a return trip to capture the close. We would not want our collection incomplete!