January 2017
  • Day9

    Grassmarket

    January 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 34 °F

    I took the city bus to downtown and then arranged for hop-on bus tickets. Interestingly, when I went to the cash machine it gave me a different currency based upon British pounds. I now know that Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Great Britain are part of the United Kingdom but I didn't expect a separate currency. When I asked the visitor center person about it she explained it was Scottish currency and backed by the Scottish bank. I found it interesting. It would be like Washington having its own currency..... Explored the Grassmarket area which is shops, restaurants and bookstore. Had Lunch at the Petit Paris restaurant and had the best French Onion soup and Lamb stew. It was delicious. www.petitparis-restaurant.co.uk. Also found "The Knights Vault" which was selling movie swords and handmade items. www.theknightsvault.com. Finally, checked out the "Old Town Bookstore". A small quaint bookstore with stacks of books and other artwork. http://www.oldtownbookshop-edinburgh.co.uk/ After exploring Grassmarket I hopped on the bus and explored more of the city. It was cold and rainy today with a teasing of snow. If it was a few degrees colder I bet it would be snowing. Not a lot of photos from today.Read more

  • Day9

    Sleepy in Edinburgh

    January 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 36 °F

    Well several days of travel and adventure caught up to me today. I woke up for breakfast in the guest house this morning, a lovely homemade Scottish breakfast, had my juice and coffee then went back to my room.... unfortunately I laid down on the comfy bed and fell asleep again for a couple of hours and didn't venture out until after 11:45.Read more

  • Day8

    Lost in Dalkeith

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    Well, my room is on Preistfield road which is off Dalkeith road. I caught a bus tonight which said it was going via Dalkeith. Big assumption. I ended up in Dalkeith the city. Fortunately the bus driver was helpful and provided directions back on another route. However, I found the taxi stand first, so took a cab back to my guest house. The lesson I took from this was to always check the map AND the bus route.Read more

  • Day8

    Royal Mile Edinburgh

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

    I took the local transit to the Royal mile ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Mile ) and walked up to the Castle, explored some of the shops and activities. Will return tomorrow and explore some more. Sunny but a chilly and a little bit of a wind today so will bundle up more for tomorrowRead more

  • Day8

    Dorstan Guest House

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

    Arrived at my room for the next 3 days. Dorstan Guest House ( http://www.dorstanguesthouse.com/ ) was the lodging I found through the Microsoft Prime account. Its a Victorian family villa in the City of Edinburgh. The room is nice with its own bath and will be a nice spot for my exploration of Edinburgh. It is a beautiful sunny winter day here so I'm going to rest for a bit then head out and explore.Read more

  • Day8

    London Heathrow Airport

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 32 °F

    Well figured out that I didn't want to lug my bags through the tube. Uber to the rescue! The fare wasn't too bad and it took me door to door from the Flat to the terminal. The Tube is definitely cheaper though. I arrived much earlier than I anticipated though and waited several hours. Had an macchiato w/two shots & English breakfast then hung out in the airport and at the Aspire lounge. (thank goodness for American Express). Heathrow has lots of shopping venues to explore as well. ( http://www.heathrow.com/ )Read more

  • Day7

    Addison Gardens London

    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌫 30 °F

    Back to Isabella & Ed's Airbnb flat for the night. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11290436

    It was a very long day and I had a great day seeing the sites though. I need to pack to fly out to Edinburgh. One thing I realized is that I PACK TOO MUCH STUFF. Note to self: Need to start minimizing what I bring on journeys as I typically end up only using less than half of the clothes, computer equipment, etc. that I bring because lugging heavy bags around is not fun especially when you're trying to plan how to get to the airport via walking and the Tube!Read more

  • Day7

    Bath

    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 34 °F

    From Lacock we travelled to Bath, were the Romans built traditional Roman baths on the site of a natural hot springs. More interesting was the commentary from our Tour guide about the history of Bath and its nature as the "Las Vegas" of its time in the 1800's where the rich and famous would bring their families to vacation and marry off their daughters for wealth or power. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Baths_(Bath) Apparently Jane Austen's life was linked to Bath and the society there during her time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_AustenRead more

  • Day7

    Lacock

    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    During our journey from Stonehenge to Bath we stopped in Lacock which is a medieval village that has remained mostly unspoiled from its long history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacock We had lunch at The George Inn, a traditional English pub http://www.georgeinnlacock.co.uk/ which made for an interesting stop on our way to BathRead more

  • Day7

    Stonehenge

    January 26, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 34 °F

    It was interesting to hear the history of Stonehenge and the Salisbury plains. Some of the first stones were from glacial activity. The plains didn't support trees well so it as perfect for hunting and gathering which made it popular with the early people. Interesting place with several sites I would have liked to have time to visit. I'd highly recommend it for a longer stay on a summer day as it is quite unique. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StonehengeRead more