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  • Day102

    Bonnie Scotland

    September 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Drove north into Scotland visiting Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin on the way before arriving in Edinburgh. On my last visit to Rosslyn Chapel with Dad & Neil, there was scaffolding and restoration work in full swing. The scaffolding in now down and much of the restoration completed (thanks to the money generated from the extra tourist after the Da Vinci Code book & film). Unfortunately you can no longer take photos inside.Read more

  • Day115

    Edinburgh - a wee visit

    September 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We are staying close to The Royal Mile which is the main thoroughfare of the Old Town, that runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament. The Old Town is full of centuries-old buildings and narrow alleys. Finally found a cider I like - Thistly Cross Cider - and I gave in to pressure and sampled the traditional Scottish dish, Haggis - I can't say I loved it but it was not the worst dish I have had.Read more

  • Day10

    Going Home

    April 24 in the United Kingdom

    This morning we rose at 5, had coffee; packed and headed to the tram. Tickets-boo, we we arrived at the airport checked in, thru security and ready to shop in record time. I was smiling.

    Travelling with Tom is special; for someone who has made a career of travelling he sure gets uptight at airports. He sometimes forgets he is not a work; so it’s then every man for himself!

    A good example was this morning we planned to pick up a couple of items; of course we easily found them and he offered to go to the cash. I, of course kept shopping (just in case)...when I realized that it wasn’t a cashier but a machine I tried to find my way thru to help Tom as I knew machines are not his thing. When I got to him he had a big smile, boarding pass in hand and a bag of our purchases. What really happened, he paid too much and lost the receipt.. Nice try Tom.

    It’s true, I’m not all that fond of travelling as a passenger. In London, the bus drops me off right outside the airplane, we all climb the steps and we are there, on the airplane. No shopping, no hiking, for miles, no braving the gauntlet of people who are always in your way. We still have a part to play in security theatre, but that is about all.

    Dianne and I loved Scotland. It is true, they are frugal people, but we fit right in because we are too. We found strict adherence to the rules not as important to the Scots as is is to say, a London booking office. One example is our trip on the Jacobite Train (Hogwarts Express). If we had found a cancellation for the return trip at a later time, they would have charged us two one way tickets, The local folks just crossed our names out on the sear map and penciled us in with seats together. Return fare was secured with cash added to our electronic ticket and a comment from the local agent that those Londoners make things so hard.

    George Cockburn, a Captain I used to fly with told me that the sound of bagpipes always got him in a fighting mood. He was a Scot and judging by the what we saw at Gellions in Inverness, you can get the Scots fired up good with music and whiskey.

    Thanks to everyone who followed the blog. The comments were welcome and often quite amusing. We both enjoyed your participation.
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  • Day123

    Day 123: Exploring Edinburgh

    June 18, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Lots to do today! We got up fairly early and headed out into the city, intending to explore as much as we could, and hopefully get most of the filming done for the UNESCO video. First stop was the Palace of Holyrood House, only about five minutes walk from our apartment. This is the oldest continually-operating royal palace in the world (I think, the record had multiple qualifiers attached), and the Queen still spends the first week of summer there every year. Unfortunately for us, that's next week, not this week.

    Entry price was quite steep so we decided to skip (not that Schnitzel would've been allowed in), and headed into the city. The centre of Edinburgh is divided into two distinct sections: the Old Town, roughly the old medieval city that runs for a couple of blocks either side of the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood. There's also the New Town, just to the north of this where there's lots of old Georgian and neo-classical buildings, essentially the home to the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century.

    We headed firstly into the Old Town, wandering slowly up the Royal Mile which slopes gradually up a long ridge line to the castle. Lots to see here and it's all very pretty; most of the buildings from the 16th or so century, though some are older and some younger. Lots of history here, but also lots of souvenir shops, "traditional" kiltmakers and general tourist tat.

    Made it up to the castle but again Schnitzel wouldn't be allowed inside, and we'd planned to come back tomorrow. The esplanade in front of the castle was mostly covered with temporary grandstand seating for the Tattoo which takes place in late August - Shandos's parents are coming over for it.

    We stopped briefly for lunch at a shop selling pulled pork rolls (delicious!), before wandering down off the castle mount and into the New Town. Lots of people down here as it was warm and sunny, and there's quite a bit of parkland as well. We walked around for the next couple of hours, enjoying the atmosphere and checking out the buildings as well as the buskers and other colourful locals.

    There was a large pipe band championship happening in the outdoor amphitheatre which I quite enjoyed as I don't mind the sound of bagpipes. Not that I could tell you who was better than anyone else, particularly when they're almost all playing various interpretations of Scotland The Brave! We lay in the park for a while enjoying the atmosphere.

    Wandered again through the New Town and spent an hour or so in a pub having a drink, mainly to escape the heat. It's funny because it's only 23 or so degrees, and I'd worn my shorts thankfully, but it just "feels" hotter than 23 degrees would feel in Australia. Which makes no sense since temperature isn't subjective, but there you go.

    Eventually we decided for dinner to head back up into the Old Town to a particular pub we'd seen: the Tollbooth. This pub was right on the main road where the old city gates had once stood, where people entering and exiting had to pay the toll. Very old and atmospheric. Had a mercifully cold pint and some food, and thankfully most of the crowds in the old town had gone home by now, as it was mostly deserted.

    Sated, we embarked on the long walk home. The only stop was at a fish & chip shop, where I indulged in a Scottish delicacy: the deep-fried Mars Bar. It was excellent, though I'm not sure I'll ever have another one!
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  • Day2

    Sonnenbrille vergessen

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    ... selber schuld
    Zur Strafe gibt's ein Schottisches "Zmorge" mit Haggis (daher der Name Brech-Fest) - wobei: die Haggis waren eigemtlich recht lecker. Der Black Kake eigentlich auch. Aber eins muss gesagt sein, Blut- und Leberwurst zum Zmorge - das muss man zuerst mal verdauen.

  • Day4

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    August 26 in the United Kingdom

    Das von der Queen nach wie vor genutzte "Schloss" versprüht Pomp, Macht, Heimeligkeit und Wärme ABSOLUT NICHT. Die Hütte ist eine Baustelle, die Kapelle eine Ruine und in den Gärten schiffts. Kein Wunder ist photographieren pherboten...

  • Day5

    Linksverkehr

    August 27 in the United Kingdom

    In Schottland praktizieren sie bekannterweise Linksverkehr. Und das überall:
    Den Schlüssel muss man unten nach oben ins Schloss stecken und auf die "falsche" Seite drehen.
    Die Lichtschalter sind nicht im Raum, sondern ausserhalb - wie praktisch.
    Am Waschtisch hat's 2 Wasserhähne: 1x kalt, 1x warm - wie praktisch. Eine Hand gefriert, die andere verbrennt. Aber in Ebene Wirbelsäule ist's wohlig warm...Read more

  • Day58

    Edinburgh day 58 Tue 19 Jun 2018

    June 19 in the United Kingdom

    Breakfast at Dorstan Guest House Edinburgh, then 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 used 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 fired. 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 of Edinburgh, then Lothian bus back to Dorstan Guesthouse on Priestfield Road.Read more

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