Trip Start Jan 26, 2013
13Trip End Mar 07, 2013
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The airport express bus dropped me off conveniently by Waverley Bridge. The first thing that caught my eye in Princes Street Gardens was the Scott Monument in the forefront of The National Gallery of Scotland & Royal Scottish Academy
Walking back from the castle, I decided to stop in Grassmarket for some lunch. I chose the White Hart Inn, supposedly the oldest pub in Edinburgh, over Maggie Dickson's, named after the woman who survived public hanging. Although I'm usually a brave epicurean, I couldn't make myself try the Scottish classic dish: haggis, neeps, & tatties, nor have a drink of whiskey. My choice of Mull of Kintyre (scottish cheddar) Macaroni Cheese was a good one!! After lunch, I caught the bus toward Palace of Holyroodhouse, one of the Queen's official residences. From here I walked back to the starting point, along Calton Rd admiring the Calton Hill Observatory & Nelson Monument above me. I somehow underestimated my remaining time so did not go up the hill to get a good look at the National Monument (maybe my next trip?).
I didn't get back to my London Bridge flat until midnight, incredibly exhausted after a whirlwind 19-hour trip going off no sleep from the night before. I was out cold the minute my head hit my pillow- I didn't even need my earplugs or headphones!! I'm so glad I went to this beautiful city, & would love to come back, perhaps to play some golf?!