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  • Day34

    Last day in the UK

    October 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We are now in Edinburgh, but first I have to mention last night. We went to dinner at the Italian restaurant down the road from where we were staying, along the waterfront. It had been a fine afternoon and the reports remained fine so we set off, no umbrellas, full of optimism. When we got to the waterfront we found it was blowing an amazing gale off the North Sea, plus it was high tide and the water was splashing up against the seawall and right across the road - like walking round to Shelly Beach times 10!! So we got battered by wind and spray getting there, but had a great meal....then going home, the wind had dropped a little, but suddenly out of the blue it rained...only lasted a short while, had stopped by the time we arrived back, but what fickle weather.

    Anyway, this morning there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was sunny, which was great for us wheeling our bags to the metro stop (now responsible for our own bags) to get to central station to catch the train to Edinburgh. All worked perfectly, we had good coffee at the station while we waited. The train was late but didn’t matter at all to us having no deadline or connection, and we got to Edinburgh about 1.30.

    John and Carole had been at the hotel when they arrived from Seattle, so they knew the drill and we got a tram on Princes street which took us to our Novotel (not an Ibis this time!) and the tram continues from this stop on to the airport. Extremely handy for tomorrow when we fly to Bergen...this was the plan, but it has worked perfectly. Quite a fancy hotel - we even have bathrobes and a huge room!

    So after checking in, we all set off back to the city in the tram and wandered round. A lovely sunny day here too, and we always love Edinburgh...beautiful city. Found a restaurant where we all met for dinner, and had the most perfect farewell to the UK dinner. We had a Ramon Bilbao Rioja wine (Paul note) and I had scallops and mussels...so I was in heaven. It was the sort of old fashioned restaurant when you could talk, a live pianist playing old favourites in the background, excellent food - just right.

    Now we are back at the hotel having our complimentary drink ( being such faithful Accor patrons) watching a soccer match on TV between Liverpool and Salzburg....actually they are watching and I am writing this...
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  • Day13

    Mittelalter und Moderne

    September 30 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Aufgewacht inmitten der Berge des Glen Coe, bekommen wir so langsam den Herbst zu spüren. Es ist nass, ungemütlich und die Kälte zieht direkt in die Knochen. Heißer Tee und dicke Kleidung schaffen Abhilfe, dennoch freuen wir uns bald wieder auf eine beheizte Wohnung. Aber erstmal verbringen wir noch ein paar schöne Tage hier oben in Schottland.
    Unser erster Stop des Tages waren die Bracklinn Falls. Eine Reihe netter Wasserfälle mit einer beeindruckenden Brücke über den Fluss. Auch Queen Victoria war bereits hier und hat sie für hübsch empfunden. Zugegeben, unser Speicher ist bereits gut gefüllt mit Wasserfällen und dieser gehörte leider nicht zu den Top 3, aber als Queen kam man damals ja vermutlich auch nicht überall so ohne weiteres hin.

    Weiter ging die muntere Fahrt zum Falkirk Wheel. Das weltweit einzige Schiffshebewerk in der Art eines Riesenrads. Es verbindet den Forth and Clyde Canal mit dem Union Canal und überbrückt dabei 24m Höhenunterschied in unter 5 Minuten. Früher waren dafür 11 Schleusen nötig. Oben und unten fahren die Schiffe in ein Wasserbecken ein, das mit der identischen Menge an Wasser gefüllt ist. Durch einen hydraulischen Motor in der Mitte, werden die Becken um die Narbe in der Mitte gedreht, wie bei einem Riesenrad. Die Wasserbecken an sich stehen auf Schienen und halten sich dadurch auf der gesamten Fahrt selbstständig waagerecht. Die ganze Konstruktion mit ihren Zahnrädern und der innovativen Technik, die tatsächlich nur auf perfekter Balance beruht ist unglaublich beeindruckend und so in ihrer Art einmalig. Für uns war das ziemlich cool zu beobachten.

    Dagegen war der letzte Stop des Tages, Stirling Castle eher nur okay. Eines der historisch bedeutendsten und noch immer bekanntesten Schlösser Schottlands ist ein reiner Touristenmagnet. Für 16£ Eintritt p.P. exkl. Parkgebühren bekommt man zwar eine schicke und vollständig restaurierte Burg zu sehen, allerdings hat sie uns mit ihrem Charme eher nicht eingefangen. Die Ausstellung innen drin war nett und die Aussicht toll, aber naja. Wir sind wohl eher die Ruinen Fans, ohne schnick schnack und Touristen.

    Mit diesem Stop endet unsere Schottland Rundreise und wir verbringen jetzt die letzten Tage in Edinburgh. Mal sehen wie uns die Stadt gefällt.
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  • Day14

    Edinburgh 1

    October 1 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Unser erster Tag in Edinburgh fing leider mit einem kleinen Schock an. Sooo viele Touristen überall, die ins Edinburgh Castle stürmen und über die Royal Mile spazieren. Naja das wollen wir ja eigentlich auch, aber trotzdem. Nach so viel Einöde kam das doch sehr überraschend.
    Uns reichte dann aber auch ein kurzer Blick auf das Schloss um festzustellen das es schön ist, ähnlich wie das in Stirling und das wir da eigentlich gar nicht herein möchten. Zudem wäre es mit 19,50£ p.P. auch noch echt teuer gewesen.
    Stattdessen sind wir die Royal Mile heruntergelaufen, haben Souvenir Shops gezählt und uns darüber gefreut, dass je weiter weg wir vom Schloss kommen, auch die Touristen weniger werden.
    Dafür haben wir das sehr moderne und interessante Parlamentsgebäude angeschaut und sind durch die Straßen über einen sehr alten und beeindruckenden Friedhof hoch zum Carlton Hill gelaufen. Dort sind wir überraschenderweise mitten in einen Filmdreh für "Eurovision" reingeplatzt, eine Komödie mit Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams und Pierce Brosnan ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurovision_(film) ). Ziemlich verrückt, ständig wurden wir von den Ordnern von links nach rechts geschickt um nicht im Bild zu sein. Dann kam wieder der Feuerwehrwagen um den Fußboden zu benässen und jede Szene wurde mind. 3-4 mal gedreht. Sehr spannend zu beobachten, da waren die eigentlichen Sightseeing-Punkte gar nicht mehr so interessant. Wenn auch die Aussicht von dort oben über die ganze Stadt echt toll ist.
    Als wir uns loseisen konnten von dieser so anderen Welt, haben wir uns wieder Richtung Royal Mile begeben um die kunterbunte Victoria Street zu besuchen. Lauter bunte alte Häuser, mit der Sonne sah es wirklich cool aus. Nebenbei gab es auf der Straße auch noch zwei Harry Potter Läden 😍.
    Genug mit dem Schabernack, ab zur echten Geschichte. Wir haben uns Tickets für das Real St. Mary Kings Close Erlebnis gekauft. Eine Führung unter die Stadt, bei der wir von einer sehr authentischen Schauspielerin durch das Edinburgh des 16. Jahrhunderts geführt wurden, die Pest am eigenen Leib erlebt haben und unterwegs einige Geister getroffen haben. St. Mary Kings Close ist eine kleine Gasse gewesen die im 18. Jahrhundert komplett überbaut wurde um ein Regierungsgebäude dort zu errichten. Lange Zeit war das Labyrinth an Gassen dort unten nicht zugänglich für die Menschen und wurde erst vor einigen Jahren als Touristenattraktion eröffnet. Man kann einige Häuser und Wohnungen von damals betreten und erfährt einiges darüber wie die Menschen der unterschiedlichen Klassen dort früher gelebt haben Unglaublich toll gemacht und wir haben viel gelernt. Definitiv zu empfehlen!
    Danach haben wir den Tag mit einem leckeren Besuch beim Italiener ausklingen lassen.
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  • Day15

    Edinburgh 2

    October 2 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Tag 2 in Edinburgh, die Sonne strahlt vom Himmel und wir freuen uns auf unseren letzten Urlaubstag. Mit dem Bus fahren wir komplett ans andere Ende der Stadt zum Hafen, indem die Royal Yacht Britannia liegt. Das letzte Schiff der königlichen Familie, welches 1997 außer Dienst gestellt wurde. Mit diesem Schiff wurde die Queen und ihre Familie zu einigen Auslandsbesuchen gefahren. Zudem haben auch Prince Charles und Lady Diana ihre Flitterwochen auf der Yacht verbracht. Inzwischen liegt sie voll abgesperrt im Hafen von Edinburgh und man lässt es sich sehr teuer bezahlen sie zu besichtigen. An Land hat man ein komplettes Einkaufscenter gebaut aus dessen drittem Stock die Britannia bestiegen wird. Leider enttäuschend für uns.
    Auch der kleine Fußmarsch zum Fischmarkt, den wir aus dem Bus heraus gesehen haben, war eher nüscht. Es sah aus wie ein Fischmarkt, war beschriftet mit Fischmarkt aber ansonsten gab es genau ein Fish&Chips Restaurant und einen kleinen Shop in dem man ein bisschen Fisch und Zubehör kaufen konnte.

    Wir haben uns dort gar nicht lange aufgehalten und sind wieder zurück in die Stadt gefahren. Dort haben wir uns auf dem Grassmarket Square in ein kleines Bistro in die Sonne gesetzt und das Flair um uns herum genossen.
    Direkt um die Ecke lag dann auch die Camera Obscura mit der World of Illusion. Wir hatten ziemlich Angst, dass diese absolut touristische Attraktion ihr Geld nicht wert ist. Ist sie aber, wir fanden es richtig klasse! Im obersten Stockwerk gibt es eine Camera Obscura aus dem Jahr 1853. Quasi ein System aus einem kleinen Spiegel und drei Linsen die das Sonnenlicht und die Bilder der Umgebung einfangen und somit ein Livebild der Stadt auf einen Tisch projezieren. Unglaublich beeindruckend und da wir so tolles Wetter hatten, waren die Farben und die Qualität des Bildes hervorragend. Was man alles auch ohne irgendeine Elektronik darstellen kann, verrückt.
    In den restlichen Etagen des Gebäudes gab es allerhand optische Täuschungen, Lichterspiele, Illusionen und sonstige verrückte Dinge zu entdecken und auszuprobieren. Ziemlich ziemlich cool. Als wir wieder zurück auf der Straße waren, haben wir auch einen Moment gebraucht um wieder einen klaren Blick zu fassen. Absolute Empfehlung wenn man auf sowas steht!

    Unseren letzten Abend in Schottland haben wir mit einem leckeren Abendessen beim Inder ausklingen lassen. Morgen Abend sind wir dann schon irgendwo auf der Fähre in der Nordsee.
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  • Day14

    Edinburgh als letzten Zug

    September 25 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Unser letzter Tag in Edinburgh startete gegen 12 Uhr mit einer Führung. Die Stadt ist wirklich interessant aufgebaut und tatsächlich für eine Großstadt eher unüblich. Die verwinkelten Straßen und die dazugehörigen kleinen Gassen versprühen ihren ganz eigenen Charme. 

    Aber dazu morgen nochmal mehr, da wir früh zum Flughafen aufbrechen. 

    Während des Tages haben wir uns weiterhin versucht auf die Spuren J. K. Rowlings und ihrer Zeit in Edinburgh zu begeben. Unter anderem haben wir Tom Riddles Grab besucht und versucht die Inspirationen dieser Autorin, welche uns geprägt und begleitet hat, nachzuvollziehen. 
    Hierbei konnte man klar den Stil erkennen, an den sie sich angelehnt hat. 

    Abends haben wir noch eine geführte "Gewölbetour" unternommen, die ein wenig von Edinburghs dunkler Seite erzählte. Dazu sind wir unter die Straßen der Altstadt in unterirdische Kellergewölbe vorgedrungen. Aber auch darauf wollen wir in unserem Resümee nochmal eingehen. 

    Abschließend kann man trotzdem sagen, dass wir gerne mehr von dieser interessanten Stadt gesehen hätten. Aber ist ja nicht schlimm, dann kommen wir halt einfach nochmal wieder :-). 
    Edinburgh hat definitiv noch einiges zu erzählen. 

    Morgen geht's also nach Hause und mal wieder stehen wir mit einem lachenden und einem weinenden Auge da. 
    Aber keine Angst, die nächsten Reisepläne werden bereits geschmiedet!
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  • Jun22

    Edinburgh

    June 22 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    I have arrived safely in Edinburgh via Glasgow. I had a three and a half hour lay over in Iceland. Iceland Air is pretty good for short layovers. The majority of the people left on outward bound flights after an hour. The airport went from being supper busy to ghost like. I nodded off for a few minutes. After two hours it became frantic again. I took the 500 bus in from the airport and I was befriended by an elderly couple who turned out to be a retired Presbyterian minister and his wife from the outer Hebrides. They insisted on helping me find the 900 bus to Edinburgh. God was looking out for me I guess. My Air BnB was only a short walk from the bus station located in New town. The Air BNB is wonderful. It is on a quiet side street . It is a one bedroom apartment with a fully stocked kitchen and a very comfortable bed. I fell asleep at 9 and woke up at 8. I did a self guided walking tour through New town last night also known as the Zombie walk as I was quite tired from the trip.

    Today I did a bicycle tour of part of Edinburgh led by a restaurant owner. I met him at his restaurant the Smoke Shack and we peddled for about 12 miles including making it down to Lith on the North Sea. It was a little light on the history but lots of interesting information about running a small business in Edinburgh. I was the only one on the tour. I had contacted him in advance to see if he would run a tour on Sunday and he had generously agreed to. I think he was bored of running the restaurant. He had run various bars and nightclubs so he had lots of stories to tell. He also ran two air BNB properties in Edinburgh and one in Austria. His restaurant was 1 block from where I was staying so it couldn't be more convenient. After the ride I had a cup of tea with him before he had to dash off to his next business venture.

    In the afternoon I headed off to the national gallery beside Waverly station. It was a small gallery but hit pretty high with some notable pieces. When I visit galleries I try to concentrate on their notable works first and if I have the time and energy I will go back and look at the other paintings. They had a number of renaissance paintings by Botticelli and Raphael. There was a self portrait by Rembrandt. I guess he painted about 150 so what's a gallery without a Rembrandt. Of their impressionist paintings, the most famous was probably Sargent's Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. A very striking portrait. The very knowledgeable and engaging docent explained that the reason it is so striking is that her head is painted with total realism but the rest of the painting is smudged or indistinct.

    I had thought that the gallery would have taken a little longer but it didn't so I headed off to the queen's palace in Edinburgh known as Holyrood palace. It is at the far end of Royal Palace opposite to Edinburgh castle. I was fortunate to have headed off today as the queen herself is showing up tomorrow for the Royal week including the Royal garden party. The queen and members of the Royal family meet important Scottish people at the garden party. The palace was built on the site of a Abbey where Scottish royalty had been living in off and on from the 11 century. The present castle had been built in the 16 and 17 century. There was an excellent audio tour. Notable occupants of the castle included Mary Queen of Scots and for a short period Bonnie Prince Charles. After the tour you were allowed to walk on one path through the garden but you had to stay off the grass. I wondered whether I could see the current Prince Charles off in the garden weeding. Prince Charles prides himself on being a master gardener but has come under criticism as supposedly he doesn't like to get his hands dirty or actually do any of the work . His expertise lies in organising the gardeners. I wanted to ask him how he kept the weeds and grass out of his Thyme walkway. Alas as I wasn't allowed to walk on the grass to go and ask him I will never know.
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  • Jun26

    Something completely different

    June 26 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today I was a little sad but also a little excited as I was leaving Edinburgh to take the train to Milngavie to start the West Highland Way. I really enjoyed my time in Edinburgh and probably could have spent a few more days here as there is just so much to see and do. It is always a good sign when you leave a place with a little regret. I still had a morning though before I had leave. My good colleague, a professed Scotsman, Dr Ross McLean had recommended a visit to Surgeon's Hall. Surgeon's Hall is a museum dedicated to the History of Medicine in UK. The museum took one through the early days of medicine starting in about 1600. We have certainly come a long way since the time of blood letting. I don't think the early physicians could offer much. I think they filled much of their time doing anatomy prosecutions some of which were preserved by paint and lacquer. Major breakthroughs were anaesthesia and sterile technique. During the Napoleonic wars approximately 90 per cent of people having surgery died of infection and sepsis. The museum also included a pathology museum which was a real treat. Surgical specimens and individual diseased organs from autopsies were preserved in square glass containers immersed in formaldehyde as teaching examples for students. They were an excellent means for teaching but very labor and time intensive to maintain. The formaldehyde had to be changed regularly. The specimens were also collected before the days of consent which has always cast some legal/moral issues on maintaining them. There was an excellent collection in Regina when I was there but the director was never sure what he should do with it and didn't have the resources to maintain it. I wonder if is still there. If a surgical pathologist can't enjoy a pathology museum, I don't know who can. Lots of specimens of very advanced tumors that we don't see anymore. Lots of advanced infection and rare infections that we wouldn't see with the advent of antibiotics. We truly live in a gifted time. There were also lots of specimens we still commonly see. Sorry no photos of the museum. It' against the UK tissue act and probably in bad taste. After a fun morning of death and disease I headed over to the John Lewis department store close to my BNB for a hardy lunch. John Lewis was a department store which had modern items but seemed a throwback to the 50s or 60s. I had bought an adaptor plug there the first day. They actually had sales people to wait on you and who seemed happy to help. The store offered pretty well everything and was actually busy. They even had a restaurant on the top floor offering hardy meals. I had a delightful Sri Lankan curry for lunch and enjoyed a wonderful view of downtown Edinburgh. It was surreal. After lunch I retrieved my luggage and heade off to Milngavie on the train for my next adventure. After checking into my BNB I headed to the start of the WHW for some photos and to check out the start.Read more

  • Jun24

    JK Rowling, Scottish Museum, Royal Mile

    June 24 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    I have had a very two busy days. Monday they were calling for rain. In fact they had severe weather warnings in effect so I thought that I should stay inside. The Royal Scottish museum seemed to fit the bill. It was about a 20 minute walk from my place. It was misting and very foggy. Any views of Edinburgh were totally obscured. The Royal Scottish museum was absolutely huge. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband had helped raise money in 1880 to build the building. Inside it was made of metal with sky light roofing. It was supposed to look like the Crystal Palace in London. I took two guided tours and hardly scratched the surface. I learned all about Scotland dating back to the pre Roman Scoti and Picti tribes, the effect of the Roman occupation on Scotland, the Norse who controlled northwestern Scotland after the Romans left, the Normans, Robert the Bruce, the Stewart dynasty and Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobites. I have always had troubles keeping track of the English monarchy but it gets even more complicated when they started marrying each other and killing each other. Other curios included Dolly the cloned sheep, Ghanian coffins, Scottish camels and the millennium clock. By about 2 I had to flee the museum as I was just getting everything muddled up. I realized that I was in Blackfriars which is where JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame would hang when she was writing. Also home to Blackfriars Bobby the dog. Some of the character's from HP names are drawn from names on the graves in Kirkyard cemetary. Herriot school a prestigious private school is located beside the cemetery and was the inspiration for Hogwarts. Although I never was that into the series, my kids and one of my close colleagues loved the story so I felt compelled to go. Lots of tours being led by witch-like people wearing black and wearing capes. Elephant Cafe where she wrote some of the books was absolutely packed. I still had some energy left so I thought I would check out the entrance to Edinburgh castle for Tuesday and the Royal Mile which connects Edinburgh castle to Holyrood Palace. The RM especially around the castle was just crawling with people. I learned today when I visited the Edinburgh castle that in August it gets even busier. This time of year there are 6 thousand guests at the castle daily but during the Festival it hits 20000. They told me that there isn't even space to move. After checking out the castle entrance. The RM consisted of kilt shops, tweed shops, whiskey shops, gift shops, Harry Potter shops which seemed to just repeat themselves for th Royal Mile. After walking about half of the mile I had had enough and headed off to my Air BnB to call it a very full day.Read more

  • Day18

    Liverpool to Edinburgh

    September 19 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Up, breakfast (there did it again) then headed off to Edinburgh. We were stopped at a set of traffic lights, in the centre lane (of 3), with a blinker flashing to go left but very undecided 🤷‍♂️. A work van pulled up besides us and a man wound down his window and asked if I wanted to turn left in front of him. I said I would probably make up my mind when the light went green as I was “sorta” lost. He had a laugh then asked where we were trying to get to. When we said Edinburgh he gave us a rough idea (go straight ahead and good luck) but was amazed we intended to drive 245 miles in one day!!!!! We stopped at Penrith (Cumbria) for lunch (at a church cafe) and a walk around - a beautiful typical English town. We took a scenic 80 km drive before getting to Edinburgh. Wow, this country-side is beautiful, green fields, sheep, cattle and lots of baled hay. Makes you feel all the more for the drought ravaged farms back home. Got to the Airbnb we booked for 4 nights - first impression (before getting inside) was ohh 😲. The door to the building was between two shops and graffitied. The apartment is on top at the fourth floor with 85 steps and no lift!!!. I had to carry my and Anne’s bag up (had to walk up 2 times - Anne’s is over 30 kg ☹️). I had to have a rest between floors. The outside might be ordinary, but the apartment itself is fantastic. Central heating, Really great kitchen, comfortable lounge, good bathroom (with probably the most complicated shower tap I’ve ever seen), comfortable bedroom and fantastic views (sunset over other houses/buildings was just glorious). Looking forward to the walking tour of Edinburgh we have booked for tomorrow.Read more

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Edinburgh, EDH, Dùn Èideann

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