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Published: August 16th 2011
It's our last morning with Heather and Giorgio. We head out to see a few more things in the city that we've missed before we head out that evening. We go and tour St. Giles and the Thistle Chapel...we took a lot of pictures of the bagpiping angel that didn't come out. I really need a tripod!! We also walk past Holyrood (I'll go in next trip), and walk through Prince's Street Gardens. The flowers in Scotland are so beautiful...I'm sure it's the lack of intense heat like we get here in Tennessee as well as the bountiful rain 😊
We picked up Ali's glasses...she now has a brand new pair, a spare pair that uses her old lenses, and a pair of prescription sunglasses. Better safe than sorry 😊 We ate dinner at the pub next door...more fish and chips but we're not tired of them yet!
We didn't have a B&B booked for Stirling...we only prebooked Edinburgh and Inverness so we called around and found one that was listed in Lonely Planet. We're sad to leave Heather and Giorgio but we'll be back to visit them when we come back with our husbands 😊
So now we're off driving in our Kia Picanto...it's such a cute little car!!
Navigating Edinburgh streets is a nightmare. The drive to the B&B from the airport for Ali should have taken about 15-20 minutes and took her over 2 hours because she got so lost. It was better with me in the passenger seat navigating but all the one way roads and detours was still confusing and we took a few wrong turns. Luckily, with Ali being Australian, at least she's used to driving on the left 😊
So, we arrived at the B&B. Lonely Planet gave it a pleasant review but we feel uncomfortable. It's listed as Mrs. MacGregor's and, while it is right in the middle of town, it was hard to find, hard to find parking, and hard to lug our suitcases up all those stairs (next time, I'm not bringing a suitcase...I'm bringing a backpack! B&Bs and train stations are all stairs...no elevators, escalators, or ramps.) We feel like we're staying in someone's spare room and are afraid to make any noise. Luckily, it's late...after 9pm, and we want to get up and get an early start so we can see everything.
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