And Edinburgh! I admit that one of the big reasons I wanted to go the UK was to see Edinburgh. I’m not sure when my fascination with this ancient city started; it was probably one of my British TV shows, with background shots of that gorgeous place.
So after our stay in London, we headed back to Heathrow — rather dramatically, as we ended up at the wrong terminal and Heathrow is huge — and took a short flight to the stunning capital city of Scotland. I expected heavy, dark, moody Scottish skies, but instead we had bright sunshine, which we certainly didn’t mind.
We started our trip at Edinburgh Castle, right at the top of the Royal Mile, a long stretch of tourist heaven. We didn’t realize that it was the festival, and the town was more packed that it normally would be with the visitors. Even better, Edinburgh is full of taxi drivers who love to talk about their wonderful city, and we had an amazing walk thanks to our first one. More on that later.
As you can see, what was once a military advantage has morphed into a spectacular view. There was a little restaurant there, and I had some Scottish salmon (I tried to eat my weight in salmon while there, and I think I nearly succeeded). I also had my first taste of haggis. Yep. Haggis. I figured when in Scotland…it really wasn’t bad at all. The hotel offered vegetarian haggis as a breakfast option, and it tasted identical to me. Given that, I preferred it, as there’s less of a mental leap with lentils than sheep’s lungs, but over all, it’s pretty good. It’s a slightly spicy, barely textured nearly spread, really.
On our second day there, we did the very thing that pushed me Edinburgh-ward in the first place. We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia. I mean, where else on the planet could you tour a decommissioned royal yacht? We had a light meal in the tea room on board, to astounding views.
It was absolutely worth the tiny amount of effort to get there. While in the crews’ quarters, looking at the the bunks stacked three high, I wondered aloud whether it was worse to be on the top or the bottom. The man ahead of me, there with his grandson, said you wanted to be on the bottom. I asked him he had served; and it turned out that not only had he served in the Royal Navy, he’d done six months on the Royal Britannia. He even pointed out his bunk, now behind a velvet rope.
Later that day, we went to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh
Such a lovely place.
And then we went for that walk the taxi driver suggested, and got a full view of the aged beauty that is Edinburgh.
It was breathtaking.
Can you tell I was enamored of Edinburgh? I can’t wait to go back, it’s such a lovely city.
So that’s a not-so-quick recap of a trip I am so grateful I got to take. Thanks for sticking with me and sifting through my virtual vacation slides, it’s been so fun sharing it with all of you.
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