Friday, 18 April 2014

Travel | Edinburgh Day 4&5

Hi lovelies,

So for the next part of our Edinburgh adventure:

We went for a walk in the lovely greenery they have there. Edinburgh might be a big city, but they also have some amazing nature slap bang in the middle of it. We started heading to the hills. The plans were to walk all the way up to Arthur’s Seat. Bring good shoes! I brought my everyday shoes but those weren’t up for the job. We started of wandering through the streets in the general direction of the hills, coming across some beautiful architecture and this peculiar sign that made us giggle a little.

I was surprised by the stark contrasts in this city. The center of the city is old and beautiful and grand. Then the further out the more modern and tall the buildings become. And right when you aren’t expecting it anymore there are these majestic hills appearing between buildings. It is rather amazing and fairytale like. It somehow feels like another world is calling you from your everyday modern life.

We had our breakfast here. Not bad he?
We stopped at a pretty little house next to some really fancy building. We were told the snazzy building was the Scottish parliament. Being from the country where building crazy contraptions passed off as houses or public buildings is part of our genetic makeup, we believed them.

Got sidetracked: back to the quaint little house that held a log of people who walked the hills. There was this folder with forms you could fill in giving recommendations and so on. Worth taking a look at, some people rave about the weirdest things in there. This bronze kind of sculpture of the hills showed interesting points to visit in 3d, useful and it looked pretty nice too. Also it’s just a lovely little house, well I say little but I guess it’s not that small. But very homely and authentic feeling none the less .
I was ready to move in then and there. Sadly no pictures. For some reason I didn’t take any.

We had stopped at Tesco before heading out on our little exploration as we decided we would have a picnic among the green. Great idea but the execution didn’t go entirely to plan. For one, it had been raining on and off and secondly, don’t picnic near a swan lake. Definitely not when there’s yoghurt involved. Apparently swans have a weak spot for the stuff. But sitting at a swan lake is a good pastime. Very funny and entertaining to see them wash themselves or in some cases each other and so see them take off and land. Because of the shoe issue Laure and I stayed at the lake with the shopping as Lilly went up the hill to take pictures of a ruin.

Check the sneaky yoghurt thief making his entrance.
When she got back we decided to start our picnic but were rudely interrupted by 2 swans hungry for yoghurt. We had our lunch a little further back up the track after some brisk walking to shake those 2 yoghurt fanciers. A nice place all together; just a bit annoyed by the constant drizzle. It soon stopped however and we just started wandering about a bit.

We stumbled across this intriguing graveyard. We walked through it and came across some still legible stones. All of them tell stories of great loss and hard lives.

Lilly wanted to see another park while Laure and I were feeling the heat on our feet already. That lead us to take the short, but hard way up the hill and while Lilly meandered up the hill, clicking away, Laure and I were sitting exhausted atop a couple of boulders randomly left there with no other apparent use other than being quite sturdy seats. There was another nice house/small castle up that hill and I wanted a look at that. I walked around it and it appeared lived in!!! How amazing must I be to live there with such an awesome view!
We ended our wandering in St. James Shopping Centre in search for some Origins Products. We saw a ton of interesting shops among which a John Lewis. I still wish we had something like that here. We have Galeria Inno but the brands they sell aren’t nearly as interesting.
We ended the night again in the Royal McGregor again. We had a lovely meal and a nice evening.

Our last day was a day of packing, wandering around and waiting. We packed, left our bags at the hostel reception and had a last wander around. We ended up in Jenner’s again and who wouldn’t. Before we knew our time was up, we took the bus back and then the plane back home.

Lots of Love,


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