Sunday, June 20, 2010

Next stop on our trip....

Our next visit has been to Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arriving, we grabbed a taxi and drove the 20 minutes to our next Bed and Breakfast. Our driver was full of information and we learned more about Edinburgh in that 20 min. than we ever expected. He then sang a song to us about the Alamo, since we are from Texas. All of course with his Scottish accent.. it was great! Although we arrived at 11:30 pm it was still light outside. It gets dark around midnight or so.
Staying at the B&B's has been a great choice, so far we would not change that decision. I am not a big breakfast eater so I kind of miss out on that part, except of course on the great coffee which is served in a "press". Chris however, has tried the full Scottish breakfast here and the full Irish in Dingle.  Where we are staying reminds me so much of the house and city I grew up in, in Massachusetts. The home is 130 years old and we get to stay on the top floor with fantastic city views!

Our first day we walked the Royal mile. Very touristy and full of all kinds of shops, cafes' and interesting people.

At the top we reached the Edinburgh Castle. What a beautiful site with so much to see. We took a quick 25 minute tour and Chris and I are almost positive the guide was our taxi driver from the night before!

I find the history of this part of the world fascinating but I must admit I ended up on the benches with all the other people waiting for their family members that must read "everything" :) We both decided that after a very long day of traveling, the first day in the next city, country, etc. should be a slower day and save the big city day for the second day, if possible.
Robert The Bruce and William Wallace statues were pretty awesome :)

We have so many great pictures from the castle and city that I will have to post them separately.
Our next day it was time to do laundry. Living out of backpacks has actually been very easy and this was the 2nd time to do laundry so far. We found a park, got some coffee and read our books while waiting. It was kind of nice to slow it down today.

We then hiked ( or walked, as it is called here) to the top of Sir Arthur's seat. About 1000 ft., easy compare to Mt. Brenden in Ireland :) Non the less, a beautiful view at the top as well. The city is amazing to see from here. We took some water and snacks with us and enjoyed those and a nap at the top :)

At the base,Queens Rd. encircles Arthur's Seat  and is unquestionably one of the most awesome places to run or bike. Neither, of which we did. We did walk it after the hike. This has been a wonderful place to visit and my one regret is that we did not take a day or so in the Highlands.Maybe another time, for now it is off to our next destination........

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