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  • Day8

    Dorstan Guest House

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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

  • Day10

    Sunday in Edinburgh

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Well today is my last day in Edinburgh. I fly out to London this evening, overnight near Heathrow and then flight out to Seattle on Monday morning. I had a nice breakfast with English bacon, haggis, egg & toast. I don't think I've had haggis before and it had an interesting flavor and texture. I would definitely try it again. My plan is to use my hop on tour tickets today and visit the castle properly with a walk through. Snapped some shots this morning as it looked it was going to be another sunny day. What I like most about the city is all the stonework and stone buildings. It is the local building material so it used broadly (stone streets, etc.)Read more

  • Day22

    We Made It to the Big City

    September 25, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Lovely breakfast at Jackie's B&B free range eggs scrambled with salmon.

    We chatted with a couple who were in from New Castle visiting their family in Perth. Peter asked about what happened to the sheep when they were too old..did they become dog/cat food? The wife had a friend who is a sheep farmer and told us that the male lambs are used for meat and the females are used to breed. The price of wool right now has fallen and they don't even try to sell the wool anymore. The bailed straw that we have seen in the fields is used in the winter is used for bedding, especialy for the lambing season. After a day, they release the small lambs back to the field with little plastic raincoats to keep them from getting a cold. The image of little sheep running around in raincoats is priceless!

    Then off on the road for Sterling planning on visiting the castle. But just a few miles down the road, Diane spotted the sign for St Serfs church and the Dupplin cross hat she had read about but forgot to look up before we left in the morning and off we went passing the funky cross by the side of the road with "Maggie Wall burnt here as a witch 1657" on the way.

    At the church, the Historic Scotland Guide was from Croatioa and very informative. She gave us a great tour all part of our yearly membershipt to the Historical Society. The cross itself was very impressive with wonderful carvings on both sides as well as on the edges. She also mentioned that today was the last day for the Celtic exhibit at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh [ http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2016/03/exhibition-celts-national-museum-of-scotland/] and that the little church up the street in Fortevoit where the Dupplin cross [ http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/dunning/stserfs/] was originally located before moved to here, was quite nice also for a quick visit.

    So much for the orignal plan for the day!

    Up the street at the next town of Fortevoit where we met a middle-aged stone cutter who was cutting sandstone panels with Pictish symbols as a demonstration at the church. He has just received a grant to construct a new stone cross with Pictish symbols for village center. In the church there are pieces of other crosses that they have found in the local areas. The assumption is that there were 3 or 4 other complete crosses bounding the area of a major Pictish chief kingdom, but all that is left now are a few pieces. They recently have found a major wood hendge in the area as well [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forteviot_Bronze_Age_tomb] . Their whole concept of the area is changing with this new information.

    Then off we went going straight to Edinburgh, bypassing for now Sterling in order to get to the Celtic exhibit. We were a bit concerned driving into town early afternoon after someone had told us about a lot of road construction. Crossing the Firth of Forth,we had quite a bit of construction, but doing it at 1:30 in the afternoon before folks returned from the weekend, was probably a good idea. We opted to drive straight to the museum and to try to find parking there instead of going first to the B&B and taking the bus back into town. Little did we know that there was a lot of "it's still warm a s sunny" celbrations going on. There was more construction downtown as well and after a couple of unfortunately turns, Peter ended up on High Street at a road closure and we needed to backtrack. Whew! We finally successfully parked and made our way to the museum.

    We spent 3 hours rambling through the exhbit that contained various pieces of Celtic artwork from Syria to Ireland. Very interesting to contrast and compare with what we saw in Ireland at the archeological museum in Dublin. Glad we changed our plans to be able to see it. The Museum itself is quite interesting. The building must be some type of world exhibit and is very beautiful.

    We went across the street to the Greyfriar's pub for a quick bite. Peter was able to give "Bobby" [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby] a pet for good luck (suppose to be an recent urban legand made up by a tour company) just in case before driving again to find the B&B. On the way there we passed by the Bedlam Church...couldn't pass up a picture.
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  • Day23

    Monday at Edinburgh Castle

    September 26, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Our Historic Scotland annual pass covers the admission to Edinburgh Castle [ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh_Castle] in addition to the other sits we have visited. As expected, this is a major tourist site and was moderatley busy with tourists. I guess we lead pretty isolated lives--here we enounter with numerous numbers of tourists using Selfie Sticks.

    We started with a free tour and then rambled through the exhibits for a total of 4 hours. This is an important place for Scottish Kings and Queens. We spent a sobering time in the war memorial for WWI and WWII as well as in the Scottish Dragoon Regimental museum. The grand hall had examples of different armaments. We also had an opportunity to tour the Royal Chambers as well. The Royal Chambers had been rebuilt after being destroyed during the last major battle with wonderful handpainted murals arouund the tops of the walls.

    We had a little drizzle during the afternoon, but no hard rain, which made the day very enjoyable.
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  • Day23

    Monday around Edinburgh

    September 26, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Up to breakfast by 8:30 at the Barony. Beautiful breakfast of poached eggs & bacon on toast and homemade brown bread.

    Paul Johnson, the proprieter, says they are up at 5am to start baking & cooking. I think they have family in the area, Originally from Brisbain and decided on a whim to stay in Edinburgh, so Paul went back and closed up the house, put it up for sale and they purchased the B&B 2 years ago. They live in th servant's quarters in the basement with 3 small kids. Quite a nice B&B with 6 rooms. Has a glass skylight over the stairway. It is a 4-star B&B and they were getting an inspection later in the day from the tourist board to see if he is up to the 4-star standards. We left with a couple of pieces of white chocolate, raspberry pound cake for later in the day.

    We walked down the street with our luggage to the Kingsley B&B, where we will be for the next two nights. Turns out if I had called the B&Bs directly, I would not have had to split the lodging between B&Bs...a lesson for us in the future. Find the lodging via booking.com, etc and then call the place direction for a discounted price without the booking agents cut.

    We took the bus up and back to High Street for 3.20 Pounds Steriing each. Our B&Bs are very convenient with multiple busses working the street in front. Only have to wait about 5 minutes for a bus.

    High Street is quite quaint, however, 5 of 6 shops sell Scottich woolens. Quite touristy. Our bus lets our out about half way on the Royal Mile. We walked up High Street to the Castle and then afterwards, we walked a bit down the High Street below the bus stop but it all looked about the same. So we decided at the end of the day to head back to the B&B and stop by the Old Bell, a traditional pub with 5 different cask pull beers. Peter and I tried two different Porters, both quite nice. The Pub, like others we have seen, is "dog friendly".

    Dinner was at an Indian restaurant where we had an interesing conversataion with the waiter from Bangladesh who was studying in fashion design. He told us that he decided to go to school here due to the fact that back home the competiion for each university seat was 250/seat.
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  • Day24

    Around town after the museum

    September 27, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    We decided to talk a walk in the remaining sunlight of the day instead of walking further within the museum. Slight bite to the wind, but the last bit of sunlight was very nice. Sunlight on the buildings was very nice, also.

    The first picture is the Augustine United Church across from the Edinburgh Library. The second photo shows the side of the Greyfriars Kirk with memorials for important persons attached to the side of the church.

    We walked down to the Grassmarket to try to find a place for dinner. Lots of pubs with various names and some quite cute, but almost all with the same menu. We finally settle upon a pub that had a slightly different menu, which served lamb shank for 10.95 pounds for Diane while Peter had an angus burger. We tried the stickie taffy cake that had been recomended as being very good by the American oilman, but it was quite sweet. We did pass a French Patisserie while we walked. Not every shop was a woolen shop. 😉

    We are realizing now that the trip is coming to an end. Tomorrow we travel to Glasgow to turn in the car and get ready to start the transition back to the other reality. It will be good to get back to our own home cooked meals and our comfy beds, however.
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  • Day9

    Sleepy in Edinburgh

    January 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    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.

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