Edinburgh Castle, Whiskey and Haggis

Trip Start Oct 29, 2012
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Trip End Nov 27, 2012


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Edinburgh is full of history and amazing architecture that everywhere you turn another church spire, monument or decaying residential block fills your vision. Our chosen place of abode was, naturally enough, on the Royal Mile, that section of Edinburgh's Old Town that takes one from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle. Named in the 16th century, the Royal Mile was used by the King for travel between the two: we decided to walk the same route, sans the Royal carriage.

The beauty of the Royal Mile is that all our needs and desires for food, hot chocolate, croissants and souvenirs is all serviced in the one area. Battling tourist from all around the world we push through crowds to get the best possible vantage points for photos. It is hard to take a bad photo here as every shot reveals a new angle of this great city.

Though we did not partake in some great single malt whiskey nor eat haggis (again!!), we did fill up on some great quality offerings such as baked beans, black pudding, pork sausages and tatties. Normally not our first choice of fuel however at near zero temperature a bucket of cold sick would be acceptable.

Rummaging through souvenir stores is always fun. Looking for 'stuff' that is underlying rubbish, we both searching the Royal Mile for any novelty with a SCOTLAND stamp on it. Pens, hats, scarves, books, badges and even condoms (?) we're all available to us in exchange for some local cash money. Luckily we didn't lose our head as luggage will be an issue come home time and this adventure has just begun.

FYI: We bought a Scotland Snow Dome.

As the day draws to an end here in Scotland we prepare for our journey to Jersey. It has been an enjoyable experience for us (despite Michelle coming down with a cold). A beautiful and stunning country with a such a deep history that our short visit does not do it justice. Nonetheless, our time was memorable and will provide us with some great memories to cherish forever.
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