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Midlothian

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  • Day113

    Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, Scotland

    September 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Today, we left England (temporarily) and will spend the next couple of weeks in Scotland. Our first overnight stop is Edinburgh. On the way we called into Rosslyn Chapel which is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland, founded by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness of the Scoto-Norman Sinclair family. Rosslyn Chapel remains privately owned. The chapel was featured in The Da Vinci Code. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures of the interior so I have included two photos from the brochure to show its ornate carvings.Read more

  • Day18

    bloody lucky

    August 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Just visited Rosslyn Chapel and absolutely beautiful building inside which I couldn't photograph .the outsided gothig

    I spent an inordinate amount of time Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile to find that I had a parking ticket

    after that I visited, but I didn't go into the
    royal Yacht Britannia didn't go and have a look at it too much it was swarming with people
    nd

    Rosslyn or to my surpise when I returned my found the boot of the car right but nothing has been touched most of my stuff was in there it had moved having a very lucky day I'm tired and for a short moment I was feeling very very lonely but I keep myself busy and I will stop that from happening anyway here's the churchRead more

  • Day162

    Roadtrip

    September 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Good solid sleep. Very cold in the morning though.
    Packed up the place and got ready to leave. We spoke with the owner dude who was lovely. His cat who apparently hates people let me pat him and kept coming up to me and he was amazed 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻
    He then went and got one of his ducks for us to pat. It was about 22 weeks d and black with green and blue mixed it. So soft!

    On the road. I tried sleeping but gave up.
    We think the silly birds who jump in front of the car are pheasants not quails.

    We drove for ages and stopped for food. We bought SIXTY nuggets from mac as for 12£
    Hahahah
    Also Jax did a hugeeeee poo that went everywhere so lucky we were stopped at maccas because that would have been bad! Hahah
    Drive drive drive. Jaxon was so FREAKING LOUD. He was literally loosing his shit for the next 3 hours because he was so overtired.
    We stopped for a drink because we needed wifi to fond out how we were gonna check in - we let Jax run/wobble around a play ground for a while to get some energy out. No wifi available so we tried again later at a different stop point.
    2 hours later we arrived and found the key under a bucket. So creative.
    It's a nice little place. It has wifi and a washing machine 😭😭👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

    We had hotdogs for dinner.
    Me and Will took Jax for a walk down to the shops to giev Jess a break cause Jax was being a right poo.

    We bought some soft drink. Supposedly Scotland is the only country in the world where the most purchased soft drink is not owned by the Coca Cola company.
    It's called IRN-BRU. It kinda tastes like creamy soda.
    We had a hilarious encounter with the checkout dude though.
    We literally have no idea what he said to us.
    He said it 3 times before I couldn't help myself and burst out into giggles and said "what????!" It was so funny. I know it was English and yet it so can't have been English. Still don't know what he said hhaha
    Can't wait for more silly Scottish accent fun.

    Currently watching friends and loving it.
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  • Day164

    Edinburgh

    September 14, 2017

    Jax gave me some lovely morning cuddles in the bed.
    We drove to the centre of Edinburgh and there was literally no parking. We tried 5 different car parks on the Gps but none actually existed. We eventually found street parking and then had the fiasco of needed coins for the parking meter.
    paying with your mobile was also an option... 😒😒😒
    I ended up going to the coffee stand near by and pleading for shrapnel.
    We walked towards the castle but Jax was hungry so we had to find food for him before we went to the castle.
    Nothing looked overly child friendly and it was sooo packed. So many tourists. A lot of them Asian groups blocking streets lol.

    We found this souvenir shop type place that had a resturant up top. As we were walking through it we had a look and holy crap the cashmere or what ever it was was so expensive! Like120£ for a scarf.
    The food was shit lol but at least we had something in our tummies.

    We went to the castle which was literally next door.
    38£ it cost us to get in 😖 but I got a souvenir guide book too - not sure if it was free or if I paid? The accents are too much for me lol.

    The castle is more what I consider a fortress - it was more like a little city/village feel rather than Royal.
    We went to the Scottish war museum which was honestly really boring.
    I've realized I know very little Scottish history ...
    At least we didn't have to pay another entry fee - it was free.

    The views from the walls were great!
    100% not pram friendly. We skipped a lot including the Scottish Crown Jewels because we have Jax 😞
    We did manage to visit the banquet hall which wasn't nearly as fancy as Windsor castles. The walls were lined with old weapons.

    There was also a dog cemetery which warmed my soul. ❤️

    We went into the old prison bit. After seeing Auschwitz their accommodation was 5 star. There were 2 different prison sections - I think from different time periods.
    I couldn't really read anything because Jaxon was singing.

    Overall I didn't really rate it. Don't need to come back again. It is, however highly likely I would have enjoyed it more if I could do it at my own pace.

    We left and walked down the tourist mile. The Real street name is royal mile.
    It had some cool street performers- one dude was dressed as a centaur and I took a picture so he wanted money. I told him I'd delete it because I didn't want to pay. I did not. Tough titties mate.
    The mile had nice old buildings. We didn't walk the while mile but it had some churches and just gargoyle type buildings.

    We started walking back to the car - on the way we walked past 'The Elephant House' which is where J.K Rowling use to sit and write Harry Potter so that's pretty cool - I got a picture :)
    Not far away was the Greyfriars cemetery. It's famous because of the story of Bobby - a dog whose master died and who the. Visited the cemetery everyday for the next 14 years. He is buried there too and has a tombstone - it's so lovely, instead of flowers everyone puts sticks on his grave. ❤️❤️❤️

    The cemetery is pretty grim. Bloody Jess and her love of spookiness. How awkward for all the shopkeepers though - some of the tombs are the literal back walls of their shops. Fuck leaving work at midnight 😰😰😰no ghosts allowed thanks.

    We went home and I had a solid nap.

    Jaxon was driving everyone up the wall because he is teething and super cranky so Jess was gonna take him in the pram to go get Chinese but it was raining. By the time we had come up with a new plan it had stopped and we went back to plan a. Chinese.

    We all walked down to order. Jaxon was agin annoying everyone so I took him back home only it had started to rain again so I sprinted the whole way and it felt like my lungs had blood in them by the time I got there. The air is so cold!!!
    NIt the best Chinese but it passed.

    I watched some criminal mind episodes which I so very much enjoyed. I loved having 2 hours to myself 🤗🤗🤗

    We want to go to Loch Ness and are trying to work out details. I really want to skype mum and dad. We have so much to talk about and I miss them but again because of Jaxon our timing doesn't line up - we leave the house too early so dad won't be back from work yet and mum is a goose and can barely change a tv channel let alone set up a skype session. Lol 😝

    We need to do washing. I've run out of undies haha

    The bed is too small. It's only a double and Will takes up the whole damn thing.
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  • Day165

    Edinburgh

    September 15, 2017

    Woke up and me and Will had caught Jaxons bloody cold. Will worse than me. He was foul this morning. He opted to stay home so I wanted to stay too to rest so Jess took Jaxon into town.
    Not before the host messaged us to say he got notified we were illegible downloading a movie only we weren't? We sorted it - our computer had connected to a torrent without our knowledge. Host didn't care just letting us know.
    We both slept all day and woke up to Jess' message she had fucked yo the car... 😂 fml.
    They are both fine so that's all that really matters - she dinged the door because the car is too long and the carp park too small. The car park was empty and she originally thought she had struck gold until that happened and she noticed the hundreds of other scratch marks where other people had done the same and never come back - hence the emptiness lol.
    Apart from that she had a good day.
    Pretty happy she had to pay for it not us lol.
    It's the first time she didn't opt for the extra insurance ( of course 😒). We believe the excess is 1500£ - ouch.
    it doesn't even look bad. I had to be shown the damage because I couldn't see it 😂
    Jess wants to try cover it with mud and see if they notice 😂😂😂

    It's drivable so it will get us back to London 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
    She brought home pizza for dinner - we smashed that and Jax went to bed.

    I had a bath to try warm my chest.
    I don't have a sore throat like Will but I feel congested and like my chest is a solid block of cheese. No that wasn't a typo.

    I'm considering stealing a towel.
    #thethuglife

    I won't though. I've been raised too well 😒

    Our washing has been hanging for 24hr and is still so wet 😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒

    Jaxon had a big booger so Jess put it on Wills face so then he tried to put it back on hers and Jaxon was screaming the whole time 😂😂
    His cry face makes me laugh.
    Stupid child doesn't like me much compared to the other 2. Still likes me but is fascinated by Will probs cause he is a man and then obviously his mum.

    I'm better with toddlers anyway - I'll make up ground then! 😝

    Everyone went to bed - I facetimed Ashley for over 2 hours and caught up on a lot 😁
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  • Day8

    Lost in Dalkeith

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Well, my room is on Preistfield road which is off Dalkeith road. I caught a bus tonight which said it was going via Dalkeith. Big assumption. I ended up in Dalkeith the city. Fortunately the bus driver was helpful and provided directions back on another route. However, I found the taxi stand first, so took a cab back to my guest house. The lesson I took from this was to always check the map AND the bus route.Read more

  • Day25

    Last day in Edinbugh

    September 28, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Up a little early and down to breakfast a few early (8:20...breakfast 8-9am) as well. Alan had just sent the family off to school/work and the rest of the guests decided to wait until the bitter end for breakfast. Scrambled eggs and bacon for our last breakfast in country. Tomorrow will be too busy to get breakfast before we get to the airport.

    Alan and his wife, Allison, have owned this B&B since January. The B&B next door has just sold within the last 2 days. The Barony, where we stayed our first night, was also a recent purchase (2 yrs), so I guess there is a turn over in the B&B business, at least on the street.

    Sounds like a second marriage with his kids in their 20's and her twin 12 year olds. The springer was off with the "grandparents" today so we didn't get a chance to pet Archie goodbye, but the Japanese lady, who was terriried of him, was happy. When asked if they were going to survive Brexit, his answer was "no, they will crash and burn and hope to come out the other side". Pretty much resigned for whatever comes from the sounds of it.

    We noticed long wooden drying racks suspended from the ceiling in the dining room that could be lowered to load with clothes. When asked if they used it and if it worked pretty well, he said they hang clothes every evening and are dry in the morning. That is in addition to hanging things outside as well. Rarely use the tumble dryer.

    It is no wonder that the Europeans travel so much. While we have been here, we have heard of fares from Netherlands to Scotland (Perth) for 40 pounds one way and to Dublin for 20 pounds. Alan mentioned they were going to Budapest for the weekend, one leg of the trip was only 4 pounds! Guess you have to be there to find the good deals. The train has good deals, too. If only we could find a fare like that from the States.

    Alan warned us that tonight Scotland is playing England in Glasgow in football and it might get a bit rowdy. We won't be out late or stray into popular areas, so we are not concerned.

    Before heading out to Glasgow, we stopped by the Graigmillar Castle ( http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/edinburgh/craigmillarcastle/) for a quick look-around. It is operated by the Historic Society of Scotland, but is not on the popular tourist circuit. We had the castle pretty much to ourselves with the exception of a bus load of 7-yr olds on an outing.

    The castle started out as a tower structure in early 1400's, similar to what we had seen in Ireland a couple of years ago, but was 6 times larger. It had been remodeled and expanded a couple of times but by end of 1600's, is was abandoned as not being modern enough. As can be seen in the pictures, the rooms are built with stone arched ceilings. Ths makes it harder to set on fire when under battle. Famous for visit by Mary Queen of Scotts...which is really popular in this area.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Midlothian, MLN, Midloðene, Мидлоудиън, Meadhan Lodainn, Střední Lothian, میدلودین, Labhaidh Láir, Mean Lodainn, ミッドロージアン, 미들로디언 주, Edinburgensis, Vidurinis Lodianas, مڈلوتھین, Мидлотиан, Midlowden, Середній Лотіан, 中洛锡安

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