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Published: September 16th 2007
The Osbourne Hotel of Edinburgh
A very old, but beautiful hotel, the lifts were absolutely ancient.
Finally the fires of Greece subsided, after about 5 days of 24 hour TV on every Greek station only showing the terrible fires of Greece that burnt so many miles of beautiful forest area.So after 5 days of watching TV, we took some trips to do some shopping and going here and there in Athens prior to our trip On August 30th to Edinburgh, Scotland via London, Heathrow airport. What a busy airport, but we made it through the numerous long security ques. The 3 girls, Arlene, Myrna, arrived late in the day to the very very old Osbourne Hotel in Edinburgh. We had to walk several blocks from the bus station to the hotel, with a bit of difficulty reading the map (I always want to go the opposite way). Brother Randy was already there at the local pub. We were able to find him, settle into our big family room and down to the local Scotish pub again to allow us to get into the spirit. Although the Hotel was very large and old (someone told us itwas at least 200 years old) we settled in for a good nights sleep and woke up early for a new adventure
day after a very nice hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast fruit etc. Eating as much as possible to allow us to not require anymore food anytime soon with the difference in exchange rate from the British Pound to the dollar "ouch".. Then we ventured out to the downtown area walking around and admiring all the very old buildings, steeples, castles, sculptures. We walked up to the old town along the Royal mile and then after venturing in and out of kilt and souvenier shops made a few hours visit to the main castle of Edinburgh. How we enjoyed the site, taking time to stop for a coffee. After this we ventured around some more and then required a rest at the hotel only to decide to have dinner and visit a traditional Scotish pub in the old town with live Scotish music. We ventured upon the rickshaw drivers on bikes and hired two drivers to take us on an exciting trip all the way up hill to the popular Sany Bell's Pub. What fun. Arlene and I felt sorry for the fellow that had to pull Randy and Myrna all the way up the hill. He got his exercise.
Then we had a Thai meal and then off to the pub. Randy and Myrna found a seat to listen to the original Scotish music, and after standing, not sure what to do with ourselves, Arlene and I ventured to the bar asking for a sparkling apple juice drink, only to be confronted by two Scotish and English fellows who spent the rest of the evening entertaining us with Scotish jokes, a deep Scotish accent and laughter. Randy sent Myrna to check up on us if we were having any fun only to have both of them come running to join us. We continued the jokes till after closing. We knew the 2 fellows had a great time with our joking comments back and forth. We then spent the next morning stopping to see the outside of the Queens Britannica ship, impressive and then continued driving from Edinburgh to our big Red House in Dornie. We sure loved Edinburgh. Can't wait till we return.
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