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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh January 28th 2020

28th Jan: I have been to Edinburgh several times and it is a place I really, really like. I have seen and done quite a few of the major sights in the city, so I searched for some new or different (to me) things to do. Since I would be arriving in the early evening, I decided to do one of the ghost tours that go into the vaults under the city later in the evening. The tour I booked started at 9:30 pm. The meeting point was a short walk away from where I was staying. There were only about ten people on the tour so it wasn't too busy. First, we walked around to the back of St. Giles, which had been a graveyard. I think most of the bodies had been removed, but ... read more
Edinburgh Castle
Street Art
Surgeons' Hall Museums

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 23rd 2019

A Royal Scot – Edinburgh, October 2019 It’s been a few years since I last tramped over the uneven cobblestones of this ancient royal city, dodging the almost constant rain drops and sampling an excellent Shepherd’s Pie and a shot of smoky-peat whiskey in a local pub. I didn’t have the time during that last visit to really explore the alleyways, museums, hole-in-the-wall cafes or even Holyrood Palace – time to correct those errors. Edinburgh is a city that begs to be discovered, filled with quirky, come-hither nooks that tempt a visitor to explore just that little bit further afield. I began my latest adventure on a Virgin Atlantic nonstop red-eye flight from Las Vegas to Manchester in northern England, where my brother and I grew up, went to school and made the decision to emigrate ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh October 8th 2019

Linda and I started planning our 2020 vacation early to be able to use our frequent flyer miles which become available 330 days before our flights. We planned to visit Scotland, the land of her paternal ancestors, in September to avoid the crowds associated with the Edinburgh Festivals in August and to avoid the midges (no-see-ums) that swarm during the summer. I also like the autumn the best of all seasons! And I arranged our schedule to coincide with the Blairgowrie Highland Games to be held on Sunday, 6 September 2020. So I booked our flights, departing Colorado Springs on 2 Sep 2020; arriving in Edinburgh on 3 Sep and returning home on 14 September. Before doing so I checked to make sure that I could redeem my miles should something happen in the next 330 ... read more
Bagpipers at Glen Coe on our second visit to Scotland in 1980
The Firth of Fourth Bridge on my thrid visit to Scotland in 1986
Our fourth visit to Scotland in 1994 at Urquart Castle on Loch Ness

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 12th 2019

Today was the last day of my 2019 trip. It was a nice relaxing choice to put Edinburgh at the end. Today I visited a couple of minor museums and took a short guided tour. The tour was through “underground” Edinburgh although technically it was through some old alleyways, houses, and shops that had been built over and forgotten. Seattle has a similar underground tour. Edinburgh‘s tour is called The Real Mary King’s Close and it was part educational and part entertainment with some actual history, some ghost stories, and some humorous anecdotes. I also visited a museum about the history of the city of Edinburgh and found it more interesting than I expected for a free museum. I didn’t take many pictures, but I did take one of a brick that was made in the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 12th 2019

A good day with only a wee bit of rain. Travelled by train to Edinburgh. We walked the Royal Mike and Princess Street. We viewed the Scottish Parliament and Museum of Edinburgh. Lots to see in Edinburgh and worthy of several more days. Cheers... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 8th 2019

It’s true this time. The location is correct despite the fact we have taxied and trained around both England and Scotland to get here. No more serious walking, guide book referencing and map orientating (at least until the next big walk) as we, and now for a while we are 3, are in the big city and bright lights of Edinburgh. It’s like I never left. There are tourists everywhere, the ubiquitous bagpiper on the corner, lots of bars and microbrewery pubs and heaps of touts drumming up business for the various hop on/hop off type bus tours. There’s a shop here that roasts an entire pig on a spit then pulls the meat apart and serves it in a bun with apple and mustard sauce (there are other sauces but I’ve never gone past apple ... read more
Breakfast in Scotland.
Train from England.
Back to Scotland.

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 23rd 2019

After landing at 6:30 am and before settling into our apartment in Edinburgh, we strike out on the “hop on, hop off” bus for an overview of the city. There are 3 routes available and it’s best to buy a pass that also includes entrance fees to the Royal Yacht Brittania, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Castle. Edinburgh is a city of appx 500,000 people and there has been a number of festivals in August including the “fringe festival” which is one of the largest gatherings (primarily performing arts, especially comedy) in Europe. So it is estimate another 1/2 million people converge on the city. Needless to say, parts of Edinburgh was “jammed” with people. Walking around made touring Times Square in New York seem like a walk in the country. There are over 5,000 performances spread ... read more
Caption at Peoples Museum
Fringe Festival Promotional Icon
30 year anniversary dinner

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 19th 2019

We leave sunny and warm Niagara on the Lake today for a 3 week trip to Scotland. It will be a touring trip without golf, although we will stop in St. Andrews. The current plan is a week stay in and around Edinburgh and a self driving tour through Spey, Inverness, Western Highlands, Isle of Sky, and Glasgow. This is our first time in Scotland and we’re looking forward to the experience A friend and neighbour, Doug Gibson, who immigrated from Scotland a few years ago and still has the accent, has been giving us some language training and other advice. He loaned us a book, “How the Scots Invented the Modern World” by Arthur Herman. It is highly recommended for those interested in Scottish history. It’s amazing how influential tiny Scotland has been over the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 21st 2019

Wie ihr wahrscheinlich mitbekommen habt, gab es gestern keinen Blog. Nach einer kurzen Nacht auf der Fähre, der Fahrt nach Edinburgh und dem Proclaimers Konzert im Edinburgh Castle war ich einfach zu müde. Auf der Fahrt gestern nach Edinburgh sind wir an der Tay Bridge vorbei gekommen. Wahrscheinlich kennt ihr folgendes Gedicht: https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Brück’_am_Tay Genau diese Brücke habe ich gesehen. Man sieht sogar noch die alten Brückenpfeilerstümpfe der eingestürzten Brücke. Die Schotten waren ganz verwundert, dass wir vom Einsturz wussten und wir erzählten ihnen vom Gedicht. Heute haben wir Melrose Abbey und Rosslyn Chapel besucht. https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melrose_Abbey Melrose ist eine Ruine und der Ort der letzten Ruhestätte des Herzens von Robert the Bruce. Es gab einen wunderbaren gratis Audio Guide, der uns über zwei Stunden in Ba... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 21st 2019

Our vacation is beginning to wind down, but there is still so much more to do. Today was our second day in Edinburgh. One thing is interesting, that is the pronouncing of the word Edinburgh. Although it looks like it should be EDIN BUROUGH, it is actually, EDIN BORO. Kinda cool. Today we spent the day with William Wallace and Robert de Bruce. Now, many of you may have seen the Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart, the story of these two great men from Scottish history. Although a great movie, it is highly inaccurate, so take it with a grain of salt. Wallace and Robert were an integral part of the Scottish revolution for Scottish independence. There are many, many stories of their heroic actions. One interesting story involves the castle we visited today. In the early ... read more
Blair Castle
Armaments in Blair Castle
Drawing room Blair Castle




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