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    • Day 16

      Hangin' with the hipsters

      June 19, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      Eine Stadt! Nach fast 2 Wochen menschenleerer Highlands ist das sehr erfrischend. Nach dem wunderbaren Aufenthalt im Tummel Inn und einem ebenfalls grandiosen Frühstück mit Eggs Benedict und Avocado also nach Edinburgh. Unsere coole Unterkunft ist ein kleines Studio-Flat im Hipster-Stadtteil Leith. Bekannt aus Trainspotting, da wars noch no-go-area jetzt gentrifiziert mit coolen Restaurants, alten Hafenpubs und schicken Lofts für die jungen Kreativen. Da halten wir natürlich locker mit und mischen uns unters Volk. Lecker Streefood gibt's auf alle Fälle, morgen wird dann mal die Innenstadt mit dem Bus erkundet. Wetter übrigens ziemlich gut, strahlend blauer Himmel, so solls sein. So long guys...Read more

    • Day 8

      Flying over Edimburgh Letters 🕊️🎡🏘️

      November 24 in Scotland ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

      Hora de visitar el Princess Street Garden, aunque de camino me encuentro una libreria de segunda mano (al estilo de Re-read) y me veo totalmente forzado a comprar dos libros más 🙂 #ayuda

      Al llegar a Princess Street, avistamos las letras de la ciudad y vamos a hacernos la foto de rigor, con la Noria y el Monumento Scott de fondo, un impresionante obelisco neogótico erigido en honor al escritor escocés Sir Walter Scott ✍🏼

      A la hora de la puesta de sol necesitamos recargar pilas y vamos a un Pret a Manger para que Violeta pruebe el café de allí antes de ir a hacer una visita vespertina a la "aldea molinera" de Dean Village 🌙🏘️

      Para acabar este Black Friday de pocas compras, nos deleitarnos visitando la librería Waterstones de Princess Street, la que voy a decir que es la más grande de Edimburgo 😄 Violeta compra dos libros y sale muy contenta! Ya podemos decir que ambos nos llevamos libros de Reino Unido 📚🙌🏼
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    • Day 76–79

      Housesit in Edinburgh

      October 16 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      The capital provides the full Scottish experience: a castle, a whiskey centre, buskers playing the bagpipes, tartan weaving shops, magic stores, hills to climb, you name it 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. We were lucky to find a great housesit here and explored the city with Dougie, who seemed to make everyone happy and got a crazy amount of cuddles everywhere we went. The city centre is extremely beautiful, but Edinburgh might just be the only city where the suburbs are equally nice. Throw in some great coffee shops, a few farmer markets, cool bookstores, vegan restaurants and you get the perfect city!Read more

    • Day 3

      Edinburgh Day 3

      September 22 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      This day was heart felt. My father passed away 55 years ago today. He was so proud of his Scots-Presbyterian heritage. We went to Giles Cathedral, where John Knox was the minister. His preaching, rooted in the reformation movement, established the Church or Scotland- Presbyterian Church. Walking through the chapel, I felt the waves of our ancestors that moved to England (the Camps), Ireland (the Fees and Currans), and on to American. Rejecting the heiracrchy of the Catholic church, Knox believed the local congregation should elect elders to govern their own community. This belief of local rule also impacted the growth of democracy. So today, I remember my father and our families embracing the power of the local voice. We then walked up another of the hills to a lookout with a sweet garden.

      In the afternoon, we did an underground tour of Mary Kings Close. The term "close" means alley, but in the day, it's where merchants, waste water, travelers bustled through. They built government buildings over this close, leaving the remains of a former time! The best news is as we were waiting for the tour, my suitcase showed up! The delivery guy found us on the street - happy happy me.
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    • Day 42

      Mar sin leat (Bye) Edinburgh

      September 16 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      My last night in Edinburgh and Scotland. I finally got to sit on the royal mile and enjoy a tasting of whisky 😋. Slàinte mhath (slan-ge-var), Good Health.

      Left to right:
      Edradour 10, that's a hard no. Too smokey for me.
      Glengoyne 10, it was ok, but better with a bit of water.
      Balvenie Double Wood 12, was ok.
      Glenfarclas 15, very nice. My choice.

      I am sad to be leaving. We had a rocky start Edinburgh and I, but it is an amazing place.
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    • Day 3

      Chillertag in Edinburgh

      September 3 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Zum Zmorge hetts nomou Full aScottish Breakfast gäh. Ufem Wäg id Stadt füre heimer no chline Abstächer ih angeri Stadtteile gmacht. Im Nationaumuseum heisi intressanti Usstellige gha über bedrohti Tier, ferni Kulture, Technik, und und und. Nachem Museum simer dr Räscht vom Nomi ines Kafi ghöcklet und hei gläse. Dr Lion hettsech id Biographie vom J. R. R. Tolkien vertöift und für mi hetts ä Schwiizerkrimi gäh.

      U morn geits de wiiter richtig Higlands...
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    • Day 13

      Von Harry Potter zur H.M.Y. Britannia

      August 31 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Selbstgeführte Audiotour auf den Spuren von Joanna K. Rowling und der Geschichte der Stadt.
      Wir starteten vor dem Castle, wo noch die Tribünen des Festivals zu sehen war. (Quiddich-Arena?)
      The Witchery, (heute ein Restaurant) hat ihren Namen von den Hunderten von Frauen und Männern, die auf dem Scheiterhaufen als Hexen auf Castlehill während des sechzehnten und siebzehnten Jahrhunderts ihr Leben gelassen haben. Die Asche der Leichen wurde im Zement verarbeitet, aus dem die Mauer um den Friedhof ist.
      Weiter ging es zum Writers-Museum, es präsentiert drei der bedeutendsten schottischen Schriftsteller: Robert Burns, Walter Scott und Robert Louis Stevenson.
      Es wird behauptet, Edinburghs Victoria Street sei Vorbild für die Winkelgasse gewesen…. heute eine schöne Straße mit wundersamen Läden.
      Dann ging es auf den Greyfriars Kirkyard mitten im Stadtzentrum. Ein schottischer Friedhof, wie man ihn sich romantischer nicht vorstellen könnte: mit schiefen Kreuzen und verwitterten Gruften, überragt vom Edinburgh Castle.
      Überhaupt wirkt Edinburgh fast wie eine Hollywood-Kulisse. vermittelt eigentlich überall ein „Harry Potter“-Gefühl.
      Schöne Tour.

      Weiter spazierten wir in die New Town und schauten uns The Georgian House Charlotte Square Nr. 7 an. Wir bummelten durch New Town und fuhren dann mit der Tram nach Leigh, nahmen unseren 5 o‘clock tea ☕️ auf der Royal Britannia ein und besichtigten selbige.
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    • Day 25


      August 20 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      A later start this morning to go on our tour of Old Town and New Town Edinburgh. A local tour guide took us and talked about history, architecture and other stuff but she talked so fast I had trouble working out what she was saying. This included a tour of Edinburgh Castle.

      I opted out of going up to the Castle and decided to sit at a coffee shop drinking a hot chocolate right near where we had to meet the bus for pick up and waited for them to return as my legs were not favourable to me today. I had already walked up to it last night for the Tattoo.

      Before getting off the bus to go to the Castle we were given the option of returning to the bus or walking back to the hotel.

      Now Clarke spent the drive around on the bus snoozing so obviously missed those instructions but I did say to him ‘I will wait here and when you come back down from the Castle you will see me but stick with some of the others from the bus.

      Well what do you know Clarke has decided to go on his own little adventure and wander off. Nowhere to be found amongst the thousands. A lovely lady from the bus went looking for him but couldn’t find him. I said to the bus driver and guide to go and I would wait where I’d already sat for an hour and a half and see if he came back.

      No sign of him so I walked around a bit until I could log into a wifi to see if I could contact him. Still no luck. So I rang Audrey and Betty for them to watch for him to be online and ring him on Messenger to find out where he had got too.

      About 30 minutes had passed by and I get a call from Clarke but he couldn’t hear me. So I sent him a message - where is he - he’s got a taxi back to the hotel. Apparently he became separated from the group and couldn’t find his way back to the bus. The instructions back to the bus were to go down the hill from the castle and instead of going straight ahead follow the road around to the right at the church. I thought they were very clear but Clarke had wandered straight ahead. I wonder when he was gonna turn right. He then tells me later two others from the group got in the taxi with him so obviously none of them followed instructions.

      Clarke did tell me he saw the Scottish Crown Jewels and commented ‘it was a big hat’!!!

      Anyway after that excitement I caught a taxi back to the motel.

      The afternoon was spent resting as we are fairly tired as we come to nearing the end of our trip.

      I’ve had a few suggestions sent to me of how I could make sure Clarke doesn’t get lost again. They are below. Anyone got any experience with these.

      I’ve also included photos from today.
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    • Day 24

      Inverness to Edinburgh

      August 19 in Scotland ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

      Up early to head for Edinburgh today and the Military Tattoo tonight. It was pouring rain when we left Inverness.

      It was a noisy night with all the crazy Inverness people enjoying their drink far too much and screaming and arguing on the street below us.

      We stopped at a town called Pitlochry for morning tea and St Andrew’s for lunch. St Andrew’s is where all the famous golfers play. Nice town but we have no interest in golf lol.

      Then on to Edinburgh. The tour director told us there is an extra two million people come to Edinburgh for the summer, the festivals and the Military Tattoo.
      Observing the amount of people walking the streets I would say he is fairly spot on.

      The military tattoo was AMAZING. Well worth the hike up the hill to see it. I was lucky enough to have a front row seat which made it extra special.

      Some photos of today.
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    • Day 6

      Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

      August 11 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an annual series of military tattoos performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, and artistic performance teams on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the capital of Scotland. The event is held each August as one of the Edinburgh Festivals.

      The term tattoo derives from a 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap") a signal to tavern owners each night, played by a regiment's Corps of Drums, to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire to their billeted lodgings at a reasonable hour. With the establishment of modern barracks and full military bands later in the 18th century, the term "tattoo" was used to describe the last duty call of the day, as well as a ceremonial form of evening entertainment performed by military musicians.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Edinburgh, Edinburg, Edimburgo, إدنبرة, Edinburq, Горад Эдынбург, Единбург, এডিনবরা, Dinedin, Edimburg, Эдинбург, ئێدینبەرە, Caeredin, Εδιμβούργο, Edinburgo, Edimburgu, ادینبرو, Édimbourg, Edinburc, Edinboarch, Dún Éideann, Dùn Èideann, Doon Edin, אדינבורו, एडिनबरा, Edinbo, Էդինբուրգ, EDI, Edinborg, エディンバラ, ედინბურგი, ಎಡಿನ್‌ಬರ್ಗ್‌‌, 에든버러, Edimburgum, Edimbùrgh, Edinburgas, Edinburga, എഡിൻബറോ, အက်ဒင်ဗာရာမြို့, एदिनबरा, Edimborg, Edynburg, Edimborgh, ایڈنبرا, Edinburrie, எடின்பரோ, เอดินบะระ, Idinburg, Ebora, עדינבורג, 爱丁堡

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