Blogs from Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe - page 12


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 5th 2011

So I arrived in Edinburgh last night after getting very clear instructions from Vanessa what bus to catch and where to get off to meet her! Naturally it wasnt this simple and I stayed on the bus waiting for my stop to be announced until the lights went off and everyone got off the the final stop! luckily Edinburgh isnt that big and Vanessa had to come and rescue me! racing all over the city in the freezing colod after she had just done a massive gym class and was exhausted! haha she couldnt have expected anything less from me! so we headed back to her flat which is right in the cetre of the city - such a perfect location and she had L&P and a pinky bar waiting for me! aww a piece ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 31st 2011

Happy Hallowe'en!! In honor of halloween I went, with a couple of the girls who work with me at the cafe, to the Edinburhg Dungeon! It was a delightfully frightful experience. It was a guided tour, where each section had a different guide who told a tale of horror and bloodshed from the area. It was very good. Halloween is not a huge holiday over here and as a consequence we only got 8 trick or treaters (a group of 3 and a group of 5). That being said they have a very different custom over here. Instead of just ringing doorbells and yelling trick or treat (or like I have notice many kids do, just stand at the door and hold open their bags and stare at you) the children over here earn their treats. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 19th 2011

I bought a bus pass yesterday which gives me unlimited travel on the buses. It is only good for a week but I can add another week to it. It also lets me go on the bus to the airport so I will take the bus there when I leave for Paris. Today though I took the bus out of town and into a small, suburb I guess, called Roslin, Which is where the famous Rosslyn Chapel is. I have not read the DaVinci Code, or seen the movie so I don't really know anything about that. It is a beautiful working chapel though. There was a talk where the lady pointed out some interesting designs and told a few stories. There is actually not much in the way of written and authenticated history about the ... read more
Rosslyn Chapel 4
Rosslyn Chapel 3
Rosslyn Chapel 2

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 8th 2011

Today was not a very good day. I did however go out into the 'rain', although I am not sure that that is the right word. To me rain is when water falls from the sky. Today was more like walking through a sheet of mist then walking in the rain. I frequently ducked into shops not only to look for some warmer clothes but also to get out of the eternal damp. Even so I was quite wet by the time I got home late in the afternoon!! It was nice to be able to dry off and slip into some dry clothes. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 7th 2011

Was a reasonably nice day and after going for a walk I went to the Money Museum. It had a bit of history of money and how it evolved in Scotland and the world. It showed some examples of early paper money and how enterprising It shows a bit about how coins are struck, some ways that people attempted, and succeeded in making forgeries. The beginning of mechanisation made forgery more difficult since all coins would be identical. However in 1920s Edinburgh, James Steele built his own punching and rolling machines. He struck half-crowns that even decieved the banks. His forged florins were so good that not one of his nearly 15,000 coins were ever suspected. In the early 1800's when they started to charge people for Life Insurance they realized that things such as heavy ... read more
Coin Sheet
Coin Rejector
French Forgeries


Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 4th 2011

The second full day spent in Scotland we traveled to Edinburgh to walk around the town and take in the beautiful sights. The accents heard here are quite different than the accents in London. Much thicker and harder to understand, but I'm sure if I spent time as long as I did here as I have in London so far I would be able to become accustomed to it. It's so different being in a city here versus being in London. The buildings aren't as clean looking and still have soot on them. Although, it is comforting to know that the countryside isn't as far away as it is in London. While driving there and into Scotland in general there is beautiful scenery all the way there. Instead of seeing cows everywhere there are tons of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 27th 2011

Pictures from the visit of Edinburgh, Sterling and other places around in Scotland.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 26th 2011

This weekend was Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2011. On Saturday I took a detour past the Fire Museum and ended up at the Sheriff Department. I took a tour and watched a mock trial. I then wandered in the wrong direction and by the time I got to the John Knox House the tickets were sold out so I went to the Simpsons House. Of course it was closed by the time I got there so all in all it was a bit of a dissapointing day. It was the Harvest Dinner at the church. They had Cottage Pie for dinner and Apple Pie for dessert. I have now learned that it is called Shepard's Pie when it is made with lamb and Cottage Pie when it is made with beef. I didn't know that before, ... read more
The National Museum 2
The National Museum 3
The National Museum 4

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 23rd 2011

Wednesday I had a lovely lunch with Ewan at the Modern Art Museum. I have to say while there were some lovely pieces of artwork, there are somethings that just should not qualify as art! Went for a bit of a walk but with the torential rain, it was short lived. I have also been to the Botanical Gardens. There are some really lovely flowers. It did make me just a tad homesick because there is an area which makes you feel as if you are in the woods and it seemes so much like a walking trail in Banff that I thought I was at home. I have also visited the Royal Yacht Britannia. It is a beautiful yacht with a rich history, tastfully decorated and there was a well done audio guide that gave ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 23rd 2011

The Royal Yacht is magnificent yet understated. At first glance it does not seem like a Royal ship, but looking closer at the details it does have a sense of majesty. Enjoy the photos!! I hope that this post doesn't get lost, as I have but the date I visited the ship rather than today's date.... read more
The Royal Yacht Britannia 2
The Royal Yacht Britannia 3
The Royal Yacht Britannia 4

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