Edinburgh – A Historic City

With the sad news of Queen Elizabeth’s death leading to her body being held in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, I was reminded of my first visit to this wonderful city, back in April. Having not blogged about it, I decided that now was an appropriate time to share my thoughts of this ancient city.

There is something fascinating about these old streets.
A modern shopping centre.

As soon as I arrived at Edinburgh Waverley station I wanted to look around. I noticed a gin festival close to the station and was intrigued by the deep gully that divided one side of the city from the other. After dropping off my bags, I took a walk up to Calton Hill, which was incredibly steep but the views were rewarding.

Nelson Monument
On top of Calton Hill

Although it was raining, I enjoyed walking around the old monuments, including the National Monument with its twelve pillars and the Nelson Monument, as seen above. You will also find the City Observatory in the same place.

As I was only in Edinburgh for three nights, I wanted to squeeze in as much as possible. Of course, the evenings were spent tasting Scottish whiskey and exploring local pubs and eateries.

The Dome, Edinburgh

My first delicious meal was at The Dome and its menu was mouth-watering. I went for the fish dish with asparagus and had a very tasty creme brûlée for pudding.

Edinburgh had an intriguing spirit and was really welcoming, with its colourful cobbled streets, charming scenery and remnants of culture everywhere. It is also built on two hills, so walking around it really gets the blood flowing. My legs were aching each morning but the experience was amazing.

Adored this pudding.

This was just the start of my Edinburgh adventure and I have recalled how perfect Edinburgh is as a venue for bookish people in my guest post ‘Why is Edinburgh a reader’s dream?’ which I recently posted on The Grumpy Olive Blog.

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The Beechgrove Garden 2022 -Katrina & Peter Gelderbloem

These gardening techniques are brilliant and this blog is a great example of how ecofriendly thinking works well. I totally recommend checking this blog out. You can also see Katrina and her family setting up the garden on a BBC show called ‘The Beechgrove Garden.’

To check out the latest from their brilliant blog, look at Building a food forest – Scotland, which is following their story as it unfolds.

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The Beechgrove Garden 2022 Episode 23 – Katrina & Peter Gelderbloem

Road Trips (and Road Trip movies)

I have always dreamed of crossing the US in a Cadillac…but crossing the UK in a Fiesta will have to do… for now.

Comedy and adventure movies have been set against the backdrop of a journey. Some have been getaway films, such as Thelma and Louise. Others have been bonding stories of friendship overcoming challenges. If you want a movie which is totally crazy and not remotely cerebral, then look no further than the Hollywood trash movie, Road Trip (2000) starring Sean William Scott from American Pie.

I recently had a road trip of my own from Cambridgeshire to Oban in Scotland. The seven hour solo mission was much less of a friendship story and more of a chance for reflection and discovery. I had never been to Scotland before and was astounded by the stunning views that scourged my eyes as I passed through miles of tranquil mountains, lakes and valleys.

Staying in a shared house with many friends, celebrating my best friend’s fortieth birthday, I enjoyed the fresh air, exploring the local cuisine, sightseeing the islands, reconnecting with old friends and snuggling up by a log fire.

Memories were made on that particular road trip and now I am on another trip (not solo) escorting my pal on a business trip and discovering Salford, Manchester.

More to come on Manchester- a follow up trip next week.