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  • Day58

    Edinburgh day 57 Tue 19 Jun 2018

    June 18 in the United Kingdom

    Breakfast and caught bus to Waverley Bridge. Picked up our bus tour tickets and took the green bus to Holyroodhouse Palace the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence. Very interesting audio tour of the historic apartments including the former rooms of Mary Queen of Scots as well as the State apartments with their fine plasterwork ceilings, tapestries and fine furnishings. The Great Gallery contained portraits of all the Kings and Queen of Scotland. We also looked at the adjacent Holyrood ruin and the palace gardens. Then back on the green bus and hopped of at Edinburgh Castle. The seating for the Military Tattoo was being set up probably for the Queens visit in a weeks time. (The Tattoo is held each August). Once inside the Castle beyond the area where the Tattoo is held we ate cheese, cucumber and crackers near where the one o clock cannon was fired from a modern cannon even though Queen Victoria had naval cannons installed for appearance that have never been used. We joined a short introductory walking tour and then visited underground cells, the tower where Mary Queen of Scots was living while her husband appeared to live a floor below and the Scottish War Memorial. Back on the green bus to finish the tour, then we swapped to the red bus for another city tour. Dinner in a pub in the Lawnmarket area, then Lothian bus back to Dorstan Guesthouse.Read more

  • Day59

    Edinburgh day 58 Wed 20 Jun 2018

    June 19 in the United Kingdom

    Light rain when we woke up, so took our time and left around 10am. Caught the bus into the city and swapped for the blue tour bus that transported us to the Ocean Terminal in the Port of Leith, designed for cruise ships but now where the Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently berthed. Spent an hour and a half exploring the five decks with an audio guide. Afterwards had soup in the tea room on the level two deck. I then tried following the directions given for the Port of Leith walk but due to constant redevelopment in the area we ended walking to West Port of Leith picking up an Artisan Olive loaf of bread from a factory on the way. Lunch of ham and olive bread with a view of the Firth of Forth with the red Forth rail bridge in the distance. Returned to Ocean Terminal and caught the blue bus back to the city. Walked up Carlton Hill a mere 69 metre ascent to provide panoramic views of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Nelson’s monument with its time ball as well as an observatory and a number of monuments. Looked at what appeared to be an Egyptian Obesisk in an old graveyard and found basically a Scottish National Monument. Dinner in pub before catching the bus back to Dorstan Hotel.Read more

  • Day60

    Edinburgh day 59 Thu 21 Jun 2018

    June 20 in the United Kingdom

    Dry and windy day. Tried walking to the Innocent Railway tunnel however I mucked up the Google Maps directions and we walked five kilometres instead of the two kilometres needed to reach the entrance. The key to finding this hidden gem was to get Google Maps to guide us to St Leonard’s Carpark on Parkside then on to Hermit’s Croft which became Terrars Croft. Then follow the bicycle route signs down a driveway for home units on either side and the tunnel gradually appeared. The tunnel over 500 metres long was built in 1831 initially for horse drawn carriages with a steam powered rope and pulley system for negotiating the incline to the St Leonard’s terminus. At the far end we found ourselves in Holyrood Park on the opposite side of Arthur’s Seat to the city. We followed a road and then foot tracks uphill till we found ourselves on a hilltop adjacent to Arthur’s Seat. We crossed the saddle and climbed Arthur’s Seat before descending back into the saddle for blue cheese and biscuits. Descended from the saddle via a bedrock creek bed to the tourist track. We then following the tourist track past the Salisbury Crags to reach the city. Visited the Scottish Parliament building but there were no tours. We visited the public gallery of the Debating Chamber. Headed up the Royal Mile (Scottish mile is roughly 10% longer than an English) and visited the Edinburgh Museum. The fine glassware was impressive and the wooden water pipes were unusual. Continued on to the Scottish Art Gallery and saw all of the displays. Dinner in a nearby hotel and bus back to Dorstan Guesthouse.Read more

  • Day61

    Edinburgh day 60 Fri 22 Jun 2018

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    Another dry and partly sunny day. Late start as discovered Yvonne’s phone did not charge overnight and was at 34% ....oops. Unable to post a negative Review for Ryan’s place Belfast as property is not accepting bookings and the website does not let you even email a question. Caught a number 14 bus into the city which unexpectedly for me turned right at Princes Steer and headed up Carlton Hill and onwards towards Leith. Luckily got off the bus in a reasonable spot to walk to the number 8 bus route, which took us to the Royal Botanic Gardens. We paid for a Gardens tour and were guided around for an hour and a half by a volunteer. (Tour length was supposed to be one hour). Very informative but how much I will remember will probably be minimal. We then had coffee and wandered around some more stopping to eat our olives, sun dried tomatoes and salami. More wandering around till we caught the bus back to the Mound. (Hill in the City created from the rubble, oyster shells dirt from the construction of the New Town in the 1820’ies. Visited the Museum on the Mound (Scottish Bank Museum) Interesting that a private company ensures the the integrity of the currency of the Scottish nation. Informative display similar to the one in the Tower of London. Then visited the impressive Giles Cathedral (once inside). Yvonne took photos and we had dinner in another pub on the Royal Mile.Read more

  • Day13

    Arthur's seat

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    Berg mit Blick über Edinburgh
    Wir haben natürlich den steilsten Aufstieg gewählt - einfach kann ja jeder 😋

  • 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

  • Day124

    Day 124: More Edinburgh

    June 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Not quite as busy today, but still a lot happening! Out of the house fairly early again, heading directly for the castle this time and without Schnitzel in tow. Rather than do the 30-40 minute walk, we opted for a bus instead which was fairly quick and painless.

    Very busy at the castle even though we arrived within 20 minutes of opening, lots of groups and a long queue at the ticket office (30 minutes!). After going in we did a free guided walk around the castle since it covers a fairly large area and has quite a few different bits to check out - good to get an overview first.

    Great views across the city and a good sense of history, though most of the buildings again aren't that old. Mostly from the 15th century although a fort has existed there in some shape or another since essentially the bronze age. Visited most of the stuff up there, including the Scottish War Memorial, the (Scottish) Crown Jewels including the Stone of Scone, the smallest room in the palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI (later James I of England, who inherited his throne from his aunt Queen Elizabeth I).

    Also checked out the dungeons, the Dragoon Guards museum and a couple of other things as well. But around lunchtime we decided we'd mostly exhausted the place, and it was very crowded which didn't help. Lots of shuffling through rooms in a long queue. Headed down the hill back towards the bus stop, where we grabbed some sandwiches at the Marks & Spencer food hall and ate in one of the parks. Lots of parkland in this area which is nice!

    Hopped on a bus back to our apartment where we chilled out for a couple of hours then headed out again, this time with Schnitzel. Our destination this time was Arthur's Seat, a rocky outcrop above the city with fantastic views, and conveniently located not far from our apartment. It's only 250m high and a 60 minute walk, but it was still reasonably tough going what with the constant climbing.

    Eventually we made it, and were rewarded with great views of Edinburgh and a bunch of noisy Spanish schoolchildren. Finally they left and we were left in peace to take some photos and finish filming, though wind noise made it very difficult.

    Back down to our apartment where we grabbed 2-for-1 pizzas at the nearby pub and then headed home, ready to head into the countryside of Scotland!
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  • 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

  • Day3

    Arthur´s Seat

    September 29, 2015 in the United Kingdom

    Der Arthur´s Seat ist ein inaktiver Vulkan und liegt direkt am Rande von Old Town und ist zu Fuß gut erreichbar.
    Man vergisst direkt dass man sich eigentlich inmitten einer Stadt befindet.

    Es gibt 2 Aufstiege. Der schwierigere ist der rechte (wenn man davor steht und vom Parlament kommt). Der einfachere der linke.
    Man muss allerdings für beide gut zu Fuß sein und sollte feste Schuhe an haben.
    Der Aufstieg dauert ungefähr 30-45 Minuten.
    Es gibt 2 Plattformen - unbedingt bis ganz nach oben!!
    Die Strapazen lohnen sich!!!
    Sobald man oben angekommen ist wird mit mit einer wunschönen Aussicht über Edinburgh und das Meer entschädigt.

    Vorsicht: wenn es regnet oder gefroren ist kann es extrem rutschig werden.
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