After checking into our hotel Friday night, we had a bite to eat at the bar. It was a nice hotel, but the dining areas had pretensions! There was almost nothing I would want to eat on the menu in the dining room, the bar menu wasn’t much better, but we settled on a bagel sandwich with barbecued chicken and cheese, surprisingly it was excellent, it all stayed together and the bagel was very fresh!
We then went up and watched a bit of telly and then went to bed. We had to have breakfast and be on the bus to Edinburgh the next morning!
Breakfast was nice, a buffet type affair, so you could pick and choose what you wanted, bacon and eggs, naturally! I made the mistake of having a thimbleful of orange juice, I hadn’t had juice of any kind for over 2 years, the citrus made my tongue inflamed and sore for 2 days, won’t be making that mistake again, even though it did taste nice!
It was a gruelling 3 hours to Edinburgh from Middlesborough, but at least we got a glimpse of the Angel of the North statue along the way, too far away to really get a picture through the bus window, but very cool to see!
The staff on the trip were excellent, two drivers and the tour manager. They were kind enough to stop for some people who wanted to take pictures at the border. I couldn’t be bothered to get off and snapped this from the window! It was a dreary day already!
We got to Edinburgh around 1 ish, and it was even drearier. It rained off and on all afternoon and we spent a large part of the time ducking into places to have coffee! There is a large department store called Jenner’s that had a most excellent strawberry/champagne scone. (no dieting was done on this trip!) We had lunch at a little place on a side street, very expensive..but much better than McDonalds!
And the crowds! Unfortunately, the Military Tattoo runs the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, so there were people there for both things and I do think its probably like that anyway. It was as crowded as New York or London. And did I say how dreary the day was? We got some souveniers in the little shops, my personal favorite was the shortbread shaped like Scottie dogs!
This is the castle from town, hard to tell with the fog!
A few dark pics, the art museum and Edinburgh Eye, Sir Walter Scott memorial and Sir Walter Scott himself. I’m told you can climb a spiral staircase to the top of the memorial.
And this is a little friend I made along the way!
Before the afternoon was over, we also stopped in Costa and had a delicious mint mocha, highly recommended, and then it was time to meet the bus to go up to the castle!
To be Cont’d…