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  • Day37

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    September 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heard the rain during the night, things didn't seem promising for a sunny day for sightseeing. By the time we made it into the city the rain had lifted and only fog in the distance. Another wonderful day of exploring Edinburgh Castle, we walked the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace. Holyrood Palace is the Scottish residence of the Queen, the Abbey Cathedral ruins are behind the Palace. Edinburgh's buildings are blackened with age but the dark lines suit the city, the darkened stone grooved buildings stand out against the grey sky.Read more

  • Day3

    Fancy Dinner

    October 1, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute haben wir es uns mal richtig gut gegen lassen - ein 3-Gänge-Menü im Restaurant Rhubarb. Soo lecker! Und das Badezimmer, oder wie es hier hieß, der "Powder Room" ist allein schon einen Blick wert (obwohl es mir ja etwas zu rosa war)

  • Day4

    Eine letzte Runde Sightseeing

    October 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Heute gab's dann noch mal ein bisschen Natur! Erst mal einen Versuch gestartet, Arthur's Seat zu "erklimmen", aber es war do stürmisch, dass wir das dann lieber abgeblasen (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes) haben. Stattdessen waren wir in dem schönen kleinen Duddingston Village und dort im Dr. Neils Garden, einem sog. Secret Garden - wirklich schön!
    Anschließend sind wir auf eine heiße Schokolade ins "The Dome", wieder so ein Laden in dem sich wahrscheinlich jeder (außer die Queen) underdressed vorkommt! Aber sooo schön 😍 Nach dem Aufwärmen haben wir uns noch Dean's Village angesehen. Ich muss sagen, Edinburgh kann mit allerhand schönen, verschlafen wirkenden kleinen Ecken aufwarten! Eine Stadt, bei der sich ein Wiederkommen definitiv lohnt!Read more

  • Day34

    Craigmillar Castle

    October 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Großartig zum Entdecken und Klettern und Staunen. Eine Ruine mit geheimnisvollen Räumen und unzähligen Wendeltreppen vom Keller bis zum Dach ... und sogar mit Blick auf Arthurs Seat.
    Und naaaaatürlich seit letztem Jahr berühmt als Drehort für Outlander .... ich bin durch das selbe Tor gelaufen! 😍

  • Day29

    Day 29: National Museum of Scotland

    May 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today was a day for us to spilt up. Whoever wanted to go where, did. Emma and I headed to the National Museum of Scotland. 
    We bussed to town and walked across the mile, found our way to Greyfriars and figure it was there after I had seen in on he ghost walk the previous day. We went in and it isn't a building where you can follow a good or easy path. There are rooms off rooms and an almost separate museum on the highlanders, or something, which goes across the three floors, but doesn't always connect.
    Anyway, somehow he first thing I saw was the box containing a piece of St Columba. It was much much smaller than I had pictured it to be, only the size of a girls first jewellery box, like the ones with the ballerinas in them. There were a couple of gems missing, and you could tell it was a bit old, but otherwise seemed in really great nick. 

    We then ventured into the fashion section, which I had not expected Emma to really be that interested in. Huh. But there you go. Perhaps she is coming out of her box and challenging herself by experimenting with clothes? Who knows. It wasnt too bad. There were a lot of interesting old stuff, but once t got to the newer stuff, I didn't particularly care. There was an awesome looking jacket that was short at the front and long at the back and veu well fitted. I was hoping I would be able to buy one in the shop, not holding my breath, but that would have been cool!!

    Then we headed to the bottom floor of the science and Inventions section. We had a quick look around, played with the hot air balloon system, took photos in an astronaut cut-out, then left the kids to it!
    So onto the Scotland people and Scotland war artillery section. I really wanted to see this part and it was good but I think I had built it up a ittle too much, so it stopped short of being great. But there was sill lots to see.
    We went upstairs where the exhibit continued on a half level and then a full level before we decided to make our way ask into the main museum area. When we first went to this secondary exhibit, we didn't realise there was an exhibit to start with. We walked past the end of the science and Inventions section, and then ended up in a clinical white corridor, completely empty with obligatory echoing. I saw the sign and went in, this was the exhibit I wanted to see the most. 

    As we had come out of the Scotland's People and War Artillery section on the second floor, we were right next to the Egyptian tomb exhibit. Emma didn't want to go in, I think because it was Egyptian and had nothing to do with where we were. I thought this was a little ironic considering she wanted to see the fashion exhibit and not the Scotland exhibit..oh well, whatever. I went, so she went. I'm not quite sure where exactly in Egypt this was supposed to be, but I believe it was supposed to have all come from one tomb. I found it quite interesting and watched a few short videos on taking care of the mummy and cat scanning her. It ame out they thought originally she was a man, but the scan showed narrower hips and other characteristics that point to a woman instead. The mummy and her coffin/tomb/box(?) where part of the exhibit. It was a little weird seeing videos of it and then come face to face with it was unexpected. Eventually Emma got sore feet and probably a little bored and went and sat near the beginning of the exhibit. I found her there and we continued onto the Inventions section other same floor. 

    We wandered our the exhibit and pressed allow the buttons to make the pieces do things, for example there were a few steam powered machines where you could press button and watch how they operated for 30seconds or maybe minute. We walked around until we saw a screen that told us we could 'create' bicycles. We did this for maybe ten minutes or longer. I started by creating normal bike,and then I changed it so the wheels were crazy sizes, and then it got a little out of hand when we made her legs cycle over her head. Each bicycle was rated online different things (1. Size of front wheel, 2. Size of back wheel, 3. How close the wheels were to each other, 4. Ergonomics, 5. Can't recall), for a couple of them we only got a cross (instead of a tick) because of her ergonomics! Haha

    After that we walked past an exhibit that unfortunately wasn't open until June, the Jacobites one. So we kept walking and ended up in an exhibit on pacific Islanders. I don't think Hawaii was included so it was correctly say pacific Islanders. It felt a little strange, why specifically? And there was a noticeable amount on the Samoans, this became a lot cleaner in the second room dedicated to these people. Robert Louis Stevenson was Scottish. Which I think I knew in some long ago dreamlike memory. So there was a case dedicated to him, understandably.

    Further through these rooms was a big atrium like room filled with stuffed animals suspended from the ceiling and more in various cases along each wall of the three levels in the atrium (and three in the museum) dedicated to this exhibit. It is hard to recall all of the animals there, and I would want to list them all anyway. At the start I went looking for, and when I started looking specifically I did not see a marten :(

    We realised at the point it was getting quite late and we had agreed to meet for lunch at 2 or 3 pm. I think three. Emma really wanted to make it to the Guinea pig wheel so once we finished the animals on the top level we headed straight to the other end of the museum. Emma walked straight past all of the other exhibits but idea walk through of most of them,mostly silverware. At the other end, we saw the wheel and Emma jumped on it. It's hard to start up but once it you did it produced a light show above you to tell you how good you are going. You cannot see this from inside however. Emma got it through red and onto blue and when she tried to stop, fell over. I hight I'd give it a cracker, I didn't care about the colours, I just wanted to see Howard it was to run, keep it going and get off!
     So we left and went to the meet up spot. Emma and arrived first, David second and parents last. We pointed out we were first, and parentspointed out they weren't late! David had read about a tea room, the Cardine Tea Room, and since no one else was saying anything, Emma decided for us and said done. Unfortunately for us, it was almost the entire way down the mile. When we got there, it was full but it wasn't long so we waited. Turns out everyone else I think had eaten something so it was just Emma and I. We decided to get food and then share some cakes. The others decided sharing cakes was a great idea and ordered about six which they then made Emma and I share even though that had not been the plan, and also berate us when we didn't eat our piece!! There was soooooo much cake!

    After lunch we all separated again. I'm not too sure whether others got up to but Emma and I decided we wanted to do a bit of shopping. She got very tired of it very quickly for someone who sort of claims to be all up with that. Anyway, we were looking at scarves and I was looking at the really large scarves that I could use as a blanket or shawl or wrap etc. Then we were both sort of looking for a kilt skirt. The proper wooden ones looked heaps cooler but Emma was being indecisive and one I saw in my size, in only one shop,  was pink and i really didn't want pink. So we ended up deciding not to buy anything, and I kind of regret that now. I could have pulled off the kilt, black tights black top look I think. Ah well, I can alwaystryto get one on the net. I might even find one less touristy...here's hoping!

    So we De idea we were done with shopping and that we would go to the Sheep Heid Inn, the oldest pub in Edinburgh and Scotland. The Queen herself, as well as Robbie Burns have both been there. We went in and it was kind of nothing special, but looking back that a little bit made it special because it wasn't trying to be touristy and it definitely wasn't.

    We had a beer and then decided to walk back home. We got there about seven ish with not much time to get ready before we were out he door at a quarter past to go to the restaurant Blonde, on the other side of Arthur's Seat. 

    The restaurant was ok. A bit fancy schmancy for my taste. That kind of place where things are quite weird to pretend we are better than we are feel for you. I had dukkah covered chicken breast which was nice. On a bed of sweet potato that looked like pumpkin and I was too tired to even try it. Not a great meal over all. It was recommended in the book from our host. 

    We ummed and ahhhed whether we would go to the pub with live Scottish music, but the tired old men won out and we didn't. We did say we were going do that in Stirling, but I'm not sure that will happened because it's quite small and I doubt it will have folk music every night there.

    Then to bed as we had to get up early to get Daryl. Our plan being to bus there and get the hire car, so we can just drive back.

    As we arrived back, we saw a witches hat and decided to put it in a car park so we could save a spot fr the other car we were going o get at the airport when we got Daryl. We are now 6 people, so not quite a one car group anymore!

    FINISH

    Today was a day for us to spilt up. Whoever wanted to go where, did. Emma and I headed to the National Museum of Scotland.
    We bussed to town and walked across the mile, found our way to Greyfriars and figure it was there after I had seen in on he ghost walk the previous day. We went in and it isn't a building where you can follow a good or easy path. There are rooms off rooms and an almost separate museum on the highlanders, or something, which goes across the three floors, but doesn't always connect.
    Anyway, somehow he first thing I saw was the box containing a piece of St Columba. It was much much smaller than I had pictured it to be, only the size of a girls first jewellery box, like the ones with the ballerinas in them. There were a couple of gems missing, and you could tell it was a bit old, but otherwise seemed in really great nick.

    We then ventured into the fashion section, which I had not expected Emma to really be that interested in. Huh. But there you go. Perhaps she is coming out of her box and challenging herself by experimenting with clothes? Who knows. It wasnt too bad. There were a lot of interesting old stuff, but once t got to the newer stuff, I didn't particularly care. There was an awesome looking jacket that was short at the front and long at the back and veu well fitted. I was hoping I would be able to buy one in the shop, not holding my breath, but that would have been cool!!

    Then we headed to the bottom floor of the science and Inventions section. We had a quick look around, played with the hot air balloon system, took photos in an astronaut cut-out, then left the kids to it!
    So onto the Scotland people and Scotland war artillery section. I really wanted to seems part and it was good but I think I had built it up a ittle too much, so it stopped short of being great. But there was sill lots to see.
    We went upstairs where the exhibit continued on a half level and then a full level before we

    Museum:
    St Columba in a box. 1
    Fashion. 2
    Scotland people and Scotland war artillery? 3
    Animals. 8
    Inventions - bikes 5
    Big wheel of Guinea pigs. 10
    Islanders Inc Samoa 7
    Run through silverware. 9
    Jacobites not open until June. 6
    Egyptian tomb exhibit. 4

    Lunch at cardine tea rooms.
    Lots and lots of cake.

    Walk around shopping and not buying anything, and regretting it later!

    Get bored and head to pub, the sheep heid inn at the back of Arthur's Seat. Oldest pub in Scotland. Robbie burns and the Queen have both been there.

    Walk back to the house. Get there at 7 ish with not much time to get ready to leave by quarter past. To go to the restaurant Blonde, on the other side of Arthur's Seat. It was ok. A bit fancy schmancy for my taste. That kind of we make things quite weird to pretend we are better than we are feel. I had dukkah covered chicken breastfeeding which was nice. On a bed of sweet potato that looked like pumpkin and I was too tired to even try it. Not a great meal over all.

    We ummed and ahhhed whether we would to the pub with live Scottish music, but the tired old men won out and we didn't. We did say we were going do that in Stirling, but I'm not sure that will happened because it's quite small and I doubt it will have folk music every night there.

    Then to bed as we had to get up early to get Daryl. Our plan being to bus there and get car, so we can just drive back.

    As we arrived back, we saw a witches hat and decided to put it in a car park so we could save a spot fr the other car we were going o get at the airport when we got Daryl. We are now 6 people, so not quite a one car group anymore!
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