Sunday, May 16, 2010

Day 5: Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-bur-ah)

Slept in a little today even though Tommy couldn't sleep and woke up at 5am.
Took a cab to the Edinburgh Castle after a yummy continental breakfast.
Our cabbie was awesome and sang us a song about Phoenix.
Had a guided tour of the castle by an awesome guy named Graeme who wore awesome pants trousers.
Stopped at the gift shop on the way out and got some cool stuff. 
On our way back into the center of town, we ate lunch at this place called The Filling Station.
They had a map of New Mexico on all their menus (awesome). 
Tommy tried the haggis and liked it (gross).
I refused. 
Found our way back to the rail station.
Pretty much pros at this point using the map. 
Waited, shopped, waited, looked for non-alcoholic hot apple cider to soothe my sore throat but it is apparently unheard of here. 
Took a 4 hour train ride to Manchester and talked the ear off some guy sitting next to us while Tommy slept. 
Checked into our hotel and made a reservation at the hotel restaurant.
Everything here smells like gravy. 
Finished dinner and watched some British TV.
Feeling nauseous.
Need sleep.


Us in front of Edinburgh Castle.


The view of the city from the Castle.


Our awesome tour guide with his awesome pants.



The Castle was really big and only bits of it were built around the same time so each part, as you can tell, is very different.


There was a bagpiper playing on the side of the street for money. It was AMAZING!

5 love notes:

Mechelle said...

Cool! I love the historical sites you went to. They are all just beautiful!

Charlotte and Jason said...

I think it is funny how you can tell the locals...totally unappreciative of that bag mans talent!

Mrs. Reese said...

My sister and I had so much fun at Edinburgh Castle, it was one of my favorites! I can't wait to hear more about Manchester, that's where I spent most of my trip...my Mom is from Bolton just a short ride from there.

Red Boots said...

Yay for getting the pronounciation right!!

Yeah, the bagpiper - there is always a bagpiper on that corner near the railway station. It's always a different piper - I think they must have a rota or something, but some are better than others. Somedays there are some really bad pipers! I am guilty of walking past hurriedly, but living in Edinburgh you get sick of bagpipers quite quickly (especially when there are lots of bad ones about!!)

xx

ps: there's no such thing as non-alcoholic cider anywhere in the UK!

Red Boots said...

Yay for getting the pronounciation right!!

Yeah, the bagpiper - there is always a bagpiper on that corner near the railway station. It's always a different piper - I think they must have a rota or something, but some are better than others. Somedays there are some really bad pipers! I am guilty of walking past hurriedly, but living in Edinburgh you get sick of bagpipers quite quickly (especially when there are lots of bad ones about!!)

xx

ps: there's no such thing as non-alcoholic cider anywhere in the UK!