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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 18th 2012

We drove to Edinburgh on Wednesday 18th for a three day visit. The trip started by Karla and Alex being dropped off at the spa for a pampering afternoon. Our pleasures included a hot stone massage for Karla, which was totally fantastic, Alex getting a Swedish massage and then both of us getting a manicure and pedicure. The boys went into the town centre and they went on a tour of the Edinburgh Dungeons and John Knox House which was built in 1470. They had a great afternoon learning about the history of Edinburgh’s criminal system including being sentenced, torture techniques and jails during the ages as well as a ride that simulated getting hung! We then all met up and the hotel and got checked. We unpacked and relaxed while the rain fell then we ... read more
karla playing with musckets
cocktails at hard rock
edinburgh castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 16th 2012

So today was..................THE LAST DAY OF SCOTLAND!!!!!!!! I WILL MISS IT ALL......BUT OVERALL IT WAS A GOOOOOOOOOOOD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So today we woke up did lots of cleaning made the bed do the laundry and then we left for the highland games it was also a fair that was cool but we didn't go on the rides but we did get to see the highland games and plus there were some boys races and Russell was in it and he came in third place and if you are on my moms blog you can see my brother with some money which he got three pounds but he doesn't know what to spend it on but he knows what to do with one of his pounds he is going to keep it to remember and it is real ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 16th 2012

Woke up to a sunny day and I did a run through the pentlands one last time! Nice to have a few dry days in a row! After changing our minds several times on how to spend our final day, we came upon another Highland Games right across the Forth Road bridge in Burntisland. This is quite close, only 45 minutes away and just across the firth. So, off we went! This one was similar to the one in Alva with quite a large midway behind the central field where the actual competitions were held. Once we found a good place to sit and watch all the events, we started to recognize quite a few familiar faces! Several cyclists, runners and even heavies guys that we have seen at either one or both of the previous ... read more
Heats for the 90m adult race
More highland flings

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 13th 2012

So today me and Russell and my dad ran 3 km and my mom ran 5k but my mom went seperately and then we went inside for breakfast and then we left for the day. So today we went to an abbey then left off to a castle and then we went to the boat ride to a real island with lots of seals and birds and puffins but this time no sharks or any thing scary like that but there was a lot of jelly fish. Russell spotted an orange jelly fish that was dead and I spotted an orange jelly fish that was alive and guess what is was finally a nice weather not too hot not too cold but just right it was a perfect day and so we went to the island ... read more
Really big camera
Fat seals
Friendly seal

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 11th 2012

A day in Edinburgh Slept in till 9:30 today. Went across the street from our hotel to a small pub for a small breakfast today - couldn't seem to manage the big full Scottish breakfast again today. We then started off on our sightseeing excursion of the Royal Mile area. Elke went in to the bookies (Ladbrokes),similar to Peter Barlows's bookies for those of you who are Coronation St. fans, and placed a 1 GBP bet on the dog races. Unfortunately her dog came in 3rd, so no winings, but an interesting new experience all the same. Next stop was Morrison's kilt makers where we learned everything we needed to know about kilts and then some, and will be able to order a Scottish-made kilt for Don once we've paid for this trip, as they are ... read more
John Knox House
James Mossman
Writing desk of John Knox

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 7th 2012

okay so the day started of with a raining day which isn't nice to see. So I woke up and then my dad was already up and then I was watching star wars and it is a really good movie so when I get back the next time I see you, you better already see it because I will be asking all of you what happens in it and if you have a younger or older brother they probably know so you can ask them. So anyways we ate some breakfast and left the house to see some jousting which it is really real I am not kidding like really but you know how earlier how I have mention that it was really raining. Well the jousting got cancelled (Too bad) so anyways since that got ... read more
Light Russell on fire
Me in the palace

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 7th 2012

Today we really did get some rain. It must have rained heavily overnight (and we did hear warnings about flooding in England expected for today) so our backyard garden has turned into a small lake! Some of the roads on our drive were flooded over and one of the smaller highways was even closed and the water being pumped off! We managed to avoid that highway luckily. The rain/drizzle kept up for the whole morning and slowed in the afternoon to a mist. We headed out anyways to Linlithgow Palace where there was a special jousting exhibit on today. It was close by, under 30 minutes drive. We spent the first hour wandering the castle and checking out the various towers and views. They had put on several exhibits with interpreters dressed in period costumes. One ... read more
Front of castle
The towers

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 6th 2012

First of all the day started of withme waking up before anyone else does and then I woke up my brother Russell and we were playing soccer on the Playstation and then my parents went down stairs to make breakfast and then we left after the breakfast to go on the double decker bus and we all went on the top and it was really scary because every time the bus driver would turn it would look like he would hit people but luckly he didn't hit anyone which was good so then we got off and walked long ways to the Edinburgh castle which was pretty cool because there are most likely no castles you can see in Canada and then we had lunch then we went back to the bus stop and went on ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 6th 2012

Ahhhhhh, a quiet day (relatively). We woke up to drizzle, so said some curse words (new ones like feck and shite) and then decided to run later in the day. (Incidently, the rain kept up during our bus ride to town and then stopped before we got off the bus and never did start again!) After some breakfast, we hopped on the A44 down the road (that's a bus) and arrived right on Princes Street in downtown Edinburgh! Sightings today of: Germans, Americans, fellow Canadians, Dutch, Norwegians, English, French, and so on. We were surrounded by tourists! The only Scottish accents we heard were the tour guides and the people riding the bus with us! Very touristy. Anyways, Edinburgh Castle was crowded but worth seeing. The views were great and the displays around the various castle ... read more
Walter Scott Monument and the Castle behind
Castle guard
Armour and swords

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 4th 2012

June 28th: Hmm okay, so one down point with the hostel, there seems to be a pretty constant stream of noise pumping in the window, and roadworks (apparently installing a tram system that's taken years and was supposed to be done by 2011 I'm told) kicked off around 6am! Had a good brekkie (free, so it's really good!) chatted to the two Aussied girls from the laundry room (Leela & Katelyn) who are crazy dames. Went walking with James again, met mMORE Aussies from the hostel (I'd had breakfast with a pleasant enough ocker bloke) found the bus station so I don't have to search for it tomorrow, and then we wandered up a hill, found the observatory, Edinburgh's recreation of the parthenon and what would have been a fantastic view if it were not for ... read more
Phil & Ed

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