Hanging and shopping. Sounds fun here
Hanging and shopping. Sounds fun here
Explored Edinburg today. Started off on Hop on Hop Off Bus and so useful for getting our bearings. Got off at Edinburgh castle and it was amazing. Had audio guide which was useful. Crowds of people were there and the views down over the city were lovely. We left there for Carlton Hill which also gave amazing views over the city. David not so keen to do Alfred’s seat which was much higher and required a long uphill walk. Instead settled for some shopping in main shopping area. Boarded the bus for return journey to High street via parliament buildings and Holyrood. After a quick refresh we headed off to Grassmarket for dinner at an Italian restaurant. Finished our evening back at Sandy Bells for the live music. Luckily found a seat and enjoyed listening to the four piece band ( maybe 5 if you counted the banjo player in the corner!)Read more
Sunday evening was our last dinner with our fellow Rick Steves tour travelers. We had a wonderful dinner at The Bonham Hotel, where we started the tour just over a week ago. Our guide Brian started the farewell toasts off with a hilarious "prayer for Rick Steves tourists," and his was followed by many more.
As we thought at the beginning, these are all fun and interesting people. Whether due to the RS "no grumps policy" (really, you have to sign when you book), or just the luck of the draw, there wasn't a single bad apple. As we often had free time or were on our own to explore, we ended up spending time individually (or in couples) with each of the others.Read more
Interesting day in Edinburgh yesterday. Got up later and headed off to town. Found a tour we were interested in so booked to do it at 12 15. It was Mary King’s Close. It took us underground to a warren of hidden streets from the 17th century and lived in until the end of the 1800s. The guide was excellent and the streets so narrow and steep. We learned a lot about Mary Queen of Scots as well as the plague. We also visited St Giles Cathedral in the centre of town. It was truly beautiful. When we arrived back on the street we found Rose Street where David was able to get new battery for watch and a repair on his jersey. We then wandered for some time mainly trying to find a bus to Leith to see the royal yacht Britannia. Did not find the bus drivers helpful or friendly but finally sorted it and headed out to the seaside area of Leith. The yacht tour started with afternoon tea in the tea rooms on board. All very lovely - yet another scone! The yacht was so interesting. Lots of photos of the royal family over the years and got to see into every room just as it was, even the bedrooms. We loved that. Made our way back into town and headed out to meet Eimear and Craig McCallum, my Irish relation and her husband. Had lovely evening with them. Only dampener has been David not being 100 percent. The hacking cough has turned into a big cold. Will be looking for a decent pharmacy today.Read more
Sadly left Whitby as have loved it. Set off for Corbridge in an effort to avoid the motorway. Stopped at a Roman archeological site outside Corbridge which was interesting. It was just like the sites David watches on Time Team. Very interesting. Stopped at a small tea rooms in the town for lunch and a walk around the lovely village shops. Carried onto Jedburgh where we walked around the abbey which was the feature of the town. Our drive to Edinburgh was uneventful, apart from stopping on the border where a lovely Scotsman took our photo despite the strong winds. We easily found Staiton Park and Drive. Our plan was to leave the car here for three days( no fee) and catch bus into the city as no parking near our accommodation.The first bus wouldn’t take us with our luggage but the second did and we were in town in less than 30 minutes. The hardest part of the day was carrying our luggage up 6 stories to our apartment. It was a nice surprise to arrive there and find it is lovely with all we need. The view out the window is great down onto the main thoroughfare which is called The Royal Mile. Definitely would never have been able to find parking though. We headed straight out and walked around the corner to find Grey Friars Bobby, a statue of a little dog, which can bring luck when its nose is rubbed. We ended up eating at the bar beside it with the same name. Were happy to have one more stop at a bar before heading to bed.Read more
Our walking tour with Rita ended at the National Museum of Scotland, where we meandered among the treasure trove of ancient and modern artifacts. We then joined up with fellow tour members Patrick and his daughter Margaret for lunch at the Elephant House. Potterites will recognize this as the cafe where JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book. Nearby is Greyfriars Kirk and cemetery, famous for the faithful terrier, Bobby. Many of the names in the Potter books came from the gravestones here. Margaret and Myj hunted diligently, but couldn't find Thomas Riddle. We did find Potter, however. Margaret, with her teenaged energy was ready to lead on, downhill, uphill and down again to find the Museum of Childhood (and a nearby fudge shop).
Our day ended with happy hour in Teuchters pub, meeting up with a number of tour members for a dram. As we thought initially, they are all quite fun! We tried Cullin Skink (a fish chowder), which joins steak and ale pie and gooseberry crumble on the "yes, please" list. The drinks, food and company were welcome after recording over 8 miles on the Fitbit on a very "dreich" (grey and wet) day.Read more
Edinburgh gilt als Geburtsstätte von Harry Potter. Man kann in die Fußstapfen des berühmten Zauberlehrlings treten und in die magische Welt eintauchen.
Das Elephant House zum Beispiel, kann man nicht verfehlen. Denn hier stehen die Fans bis auf die Straße, um einmal die gleiche Luft zu atmen, die auch J.K. Rowling geatmet hat als sie hier an den Büchern arbeitete.
Um die Ecke auf einem alten schottischen Friedhof mit schiefen Kreuzen und verwitterten Gruften liegt ein gewisser William McGonagall begraben. Außerdem befindet sich Lord Voldemorts Grab aka Tom Riddle hier.
Vor dem Rathaus findet man die goldenen Handabdrücke auf dem Straßenpflaster von J.K.Rowling. Fehlt nur noch, dass die Autorin plötzlich selbst um die Ecke biegt.Read more
Edinburgh is known as one of the most haunted cities in the world, so what better to do than go on a ghost tour! On an already packed day, we booked the last ghost/ city vault tour of the night at 9:30pm. There are so many to choose from, but we went with the recommendation of the concierge at the hotel and the meeting spot was right around the corner, yay! The tour was a little campy, but was full of history, good stories, and a pint of ale at the end! One would think that if you book the last tour of the night you’d get the scary tour, but we got the family friendly tour. Probably a good thing as the girls were scared a couple of times during story time in the vault!
During a story in the vault we kept picking on Taylor, blowing in her ear or softly tugging on her hair. She was already a little freaked out and frustrated that we were picking on her and as we started to funnel out of one room into another through a very small doorway, an older gentleman accidentally bumped into her. She thought it was us and she’d had enough. She turned around and sternly told us, “Don’t touch me again or I’ll punch you”! The only problem was when she turned to say this she said it to this older gentleman and not directly to us! The older gentlemen gasped and said, “Oh my, I am so sorry I didn’t mean to touch you!” Taylor was apologetic and taken aback as she meant this for us, not him and she apologized . KK started dying laughing, and a lady behind the older gentleman turned immediately and pointed at her husband and said, “same goes for you!” Everyone had a good laugh and the tension eased a little bit.Read more
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