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Calton Hill

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  • Day10

    Going Home

    April 24 in the United Kingdom

    This morning we rose at 5, had coffee; packed and headed to the tram. Tickets-boo, we we arrived at the airport checked in, thru security and ready to shop in record time. I was smiling.

    Travelling with Tom is special; for someone who has made a career of travelling he sure gets uptight at airports. He sometimes forgets he is not a work; so it’s then every man for himself!

    A good example was this morning we planned to pick up a couple of items; of course we easily found them and he offered to go to the cash. I, of course kept shopping (just in case)...when I realized that it wasn’t a cashier but a machine I tried to find my way thru to help Tom as I knew machines are not his thing. When I got to him he had a big smile, boarding pass in hand and a bag of our purchases. What really happened, he paid too much and lost the receipt.. Nice try Tom.

    It’s true, I’m not all that fond of travelling as a passenger. In London, the bus drops me off right outside the airplane, we all climb the steps and we are there, on the airplane. No shopping, no hiking, for miles, no braving the gauntlet of people who are always in your way. We still have a part to play in security theatre, but that is about all.

    Dianne and I loved Scotland. It is true, they are frugal people, but we fit right in because we are too. We found strict adherence to the rules not as important to the Scots as is is to say, a London booking office. One example is our trip on the Jacobite Train (Hogwarts Express). If we had found a cancellation for the return trip at a later time, they would have charged us two one way tickets, The local folks just crossed our names out on the sear map and penciled us in with seats together. Return fare was secured with cash added to our electronic ticket and a comment from the local agent that those Londoners make things so hard.

    George Cockburn, a Captain I used to fly with told me that the sound of bagpipes always got him in a fighting mood. He was a Scot and judging by the what we saw at Gellions in Inverness, you can get the Scots fired up good with music and whiskey.

    Thanks to everyone who followed the blog. The comments were welcome and often quite amusing. We both enjoyed your participation.
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  • Day58

    Edinburgh day 58 Tue 19 Jun 2018

    June 19 in the United Kingdom

    Breakfast at Dorstan Guest House Edinburgh, then caught bus to Waverley Bridge. Picked up our bus tour tickets and took the green bus to Holyroodhouse Palace the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence. Very interesting audio tour of the historic apartments including the former rooms of Mary Queen of Scots as well as the State apartments with their fine plasterwork ceilings, tapestries and fine furnishings. The Great Gallery contained portraits of all the Kings and Queen of Scotland. We also looked at the adjacent Holyrood ruin and the palace gardens. Then back on the green bus and hopped of at Edinburgh Castle. The seating used for the Military Tattoo was being set up probably for the Queens visit in a weeks time. (The Tattoo is held each August). Once inside the Castle beyond the area where the Tattoo is held we ate cheese, cucumber and crackers near where the one o clock cannon was fired from a modern cannon even though Queen Victoria had naval cannons installed for appearance that have never been fired. We joined a short introductory walking tour and then visited underground cells, the tower where Mary Queen of Scots was living while her husband appeared to live a floor below and the Scottish War Memorial. Back on the green bus to finish the tour, then we swapped to the red bus for another city tour. Dinner in a pub in the Lawnmarket area of Edinburgh, then Lothian bus back to Dorstan Guesthouse on Priestfield Road.Read more

  • Day2

    Sonnenbrille vergessen

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    ... selber schuld
    Zur Strafe gibt's ein Schottisches "Zmorge" mit Haggis (daher der Name Brech-Fest) - wobei: die Haggis waren eigemtlich recht lecker. Der Black Kake eigentlich auch. Aber eins muss gesagt sein, Blut- und Leberwurst zum Zmorge - das muss man zuerst mal verdauen.

  • Day5

    Linksverkehr

    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    In Schottland praktizieren sie bekannterweise Linksverkehr. Und das überall:
    Den Schlüssel muss man unten nach oben ins Schloss stecken und auf die "falsche" Seite drehen.
    Die Lichtschalter sind nicht im Raum, sondern ausserhalb - wie praktisch.
    Am Waschtisch hat's 2 Wasserhähne: 1x kalt, 1x warm - wie praktisch. Eine Hand gefriert, die andere verbrennt. Aber in Ebene Wirbelsäule ist's wohlig warm...Read more

  • Day5

    Royal mile

    July 21 in the United Kingdom

    The tourist trap hebben we gehad. Nu gaan we leuke dingen doen. Helaas is het scherm van Marian haar tablet inmiddels in duizend stukjes. Pech.

  • Day2

    Calton Hill

    October 18 in the United Kingdom

    Per finire andiamo a Calton Hill, l'Acropoli di Edimburgo, con il Nelson monument dalla forma di un telescopio capovolto. Ci sono anche altri monumenti che vogliono imitare il Partenone greco, per commemorare i caduti scozzesi durante le fiere napoleoniche.
    Anche da qui si ha una bellissima vista sulla città.Read more

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