Saturday, September 14, 2013

Edinburgh - part 1

Last month (I can't believe it's that long ago) Ken and I went for a long weekend in Edinburgh - Scotland's beautiful capital.  Shockingly neither of us had ever spent time there so thought we better correct that oversight, especially as Ken is from God's chosen country of Scotland.

Despite only being there for 3 full days, we took lots of photos, so I thought I would spread it out over a few posts.  During August the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is on, and according to one of our taxi drivers the population of Edinburgh doubles in August - it was quite busy, but there was lots to see.

One of the nicest things we saw was the below sign in the window of a cafe - really warmed my heart and restored some faith in the human race.

We of course went in and gave them some money for drinks and food for anyone that needed one - a good chance to pay it forward.

To see as much of the city as possible we did an open top bus tour, hopping on and off to have a closer look at the places we wanted to.  It was a great way to see some of the amazing architecture that Edinburgh has to offer - really ornate older buildings and of course the castle which is very imposing on it's hill overlooking the city.

Took this shot because of all the chimneys

When it was time for lunch on one of our days we went into a restaurant called Food like mum used to make, and the servings were huge!!  I ordered a chicken pie and I had enough to feed 3 people - Ken was a good Scottish boy and ordered Haggis, neeps and tatties.  It all tasted wonderful, but I couldn't finish it despite making my very best attempt.

There were lots of street performers all around the city - you don't really need to pay to go to a show, just find a street show and watch that, sometimes these are the best.  The funniest one we saw was a lad who was doing juggling, comedy, and crowd interaction.  He was great - anyone that walked past too close to him would incur some sort of joke or even being followed down the street.  The pictures below are of him passing his body through a tennis racket.

This band were great - electric guitar, bagpipes, and drums - take note of the man with the high vis jacket on, if it wasn't for the lamppost he wouldn't be standing still.  We think he'd been drinking just a little bit.
Note the battered guitar - the sounds coming out of it were incredible, very talented young man
Very odd man who was standing with a flower - some sort of inner performing we think
Super Mario brothers
I took this photo because I liked his outfit, and the week after we'd been to Edinburgh this man was in our Big Issue
Of course there was time for coffee and cake during our wanders and we happened to fall down the rabbit hole into an Alice in Wonderland themed one.  It was really lovely and these photos really don't do justice to it but hopefully you can get a sense of what it was like.

I haven't put the photo up the wrong way - this was on the ceiling
During the London Olympics any UK athletes who won a gold medal had a post box painted gold in their home town - Sir Chris Hoy the cyclist has two in Edinburgh and we happened upon this one.

Now during the festival they of course have the military tattoo on, and at the end of the show they let off fireworks - really pretty sight over the castle.  The challenge is trying to time my photo taking with the fireworks going off, so here are my best two attempts - there were alot with just smoke in the air.

So I hope you've enjoyed this first visit to the lovely city of Edinburgh - more to come soon.

Until then, stay safe, look after one and other, and maybe see what you can do for someone less fortunate that you today.

Pamela & Ken

P.S:  All around the arena for the tattoo they have flags from all around the world - now the romantic in me was really pleased to see that the Australian flag was next to the Scottish flag.

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