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  • Day17

    Oh, the festivity!

    August 14 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    The bus ride to Edinburgh took nine hours, which is about the amount sleep I got throughout my three nights at the snoring-infested hostel room. But the capital of Scotland was restless itself as the monthlong Fringe Festival lured so many tourists onto the streets that even the sidewalks became congested. Still, my visit to Edinburgh came with two highlights: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and hillwalking up to Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park. This needed to be celebrated with some fine Scottish cuisine: a deep-fried Mars bar!Read more

  • Day9

    Back at the Scotsman

    April 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After all of our train, bus riding and walking and walking we are back at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh. We have a different room but it feels like “home”. After we get a bite to eat we settle in to finish the blog and pack.

  • Day124

    Day 124: More Edinburgh

    June 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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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  • Day8

    Dorstan Guest House

    January 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

    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

  • Day60

    Edinburgh day 60 Thu 21 Jun 2018

    June 21, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    Dry and windy day in Edinburgh. Tried walking to the Innocent Railway tunnel from our accommodation, however I mucked up the Google Maps directions and we walked five kilometres instead of the two kilometres needed. 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 517 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

  • Day10

    Sunday in Edinburgh

    January 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    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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  • Day13

    Hard as a rock

    July 13, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute war der letzte Tag unserer Schottland-Tour und der stand uns komplett für Edinburgh zur Verfügung. Inzwischen wissen wir, dass das viel zu wenig war.
    Per Hop on / Hop off Bus ging es kreuz und quer durch die Stadt. Nach der ersten Rundfahrt meinten wir übereinstimmend: "Wow, das erschlägt einen ja geradezu, man möchte pausenlos fotografieren!" Die inneren Bereiche der Stadt sind einfach nur phantastisch mit ihren Gebäuden, Statuen, Denkmälern und Parks aus dem 16. - 18. Jahrhundert. Hinzu kommt die reizvolle Lage mit zwei erloschenen Vulkanen, von dem einer (Castle Rock) das Edinburgh Castle trägt.
    Wir besuchten das schottische Parlament, eine Kirche und (da es zwischenzeitlich regnete) das schottische Nationalmuseum. Dabei haben wir nur einen kleinen Teil gesehen - in Edinburgh kann man locker eine ganze Woche verbringen.
    Zum Abendessen kehrten wir im Scots Kitchen ein, wie bereits am Vortag wenig value for money, aber so ist das wohl überall, wo viele Touris unterwegs sind.
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  • Day2

    Stadtrundgang und Arthur's Seat

    June 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Der Stadtrundgang war ziemlich cool, weil die Stadtführerin entspannt und witzig war und selber aus Schottland kam!
    Ich mag die Stadt sehr gern, sie hat einen schönen eigenen Charme und die Mentalität dort ist auch spitze.
    Auf dem Arthur‘s Seat war ich auch gemeinsam mit meiner Klassengruppe, es waren 30 grad an dem Tag, also haben wir uns alle einen schönen Sonnenbrand geholt, aber für die Aussicht hat es sich wohl gelohnt.
    Am Abend waren ein paar Leute noch mit auf der Cramond Island, es war sehr kalt dort, aber mit dem Sonnenuntergang echt schön 🧡
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