It was late in the evening. We caught the bus from the airport and arrived to a mild drizzle and a chilly breeze. Well, rain is nothing out of the ordinary here as most of the locals would tell you.
Our hostel was in the middle of town, very conveniently located. Edinburgh is just as grey as London and every bit as beautiful. But they are sisters in contrast, the latter a sprawling metropolis, while Edinburgh, is much more friendly in terms of distances to the pedestrian. We could walk to our hearts content through the wet rainy streets, gusts of wind wrecking my newly acquired umbrella.
|A cold rainy day in Edinburgh|
We reach the castle and check out options for tickets. We find ourselves a good deal, an explorer pass which allows us entry into a couple more castles along the way and valid for five days. For all else we are hoping the National Trust membership card proves handy and it sure did as we were to discover.
|Exploring the Edinburgh Castle..|
Having been in the center of much of Scottish history like the Scottish War of Independence and the Jacobite Raising, the castle is a beautifully preserved monument. From gorgeously lethal siege canons with very amusing names(Imagine being called Mon's Meg), to pretty little chapels, stone structures and early prison systems, each section carries plaques telling the visitor where he or she is standing and its place in history. Somewhere in between I stand transfixed , seeing the exquisite stained glass paintings inside St Margaret's chapel, believed to be the oldest building inside the castle..
We walk and walk and finally head to the restaurant in search of steaming hot coffee.
|Inside the Edinburgh castle..|
|The castle, with its magnificent gardens in the foreground..|
|Trekking up Carlton hill, Nelson's monument in a distance ..|
|The unfinished Acropolis - 'National Monument'..|
|View of the city from Carlton hill..|
|View from the top..|
|'The World's End,' Edinburgh has loads of pubs with names alluding to its history and literature ..|
|From atop Auther's seat..|
|The lake on the other side of Auther's seat..|
|A beautiful sunny day..|
Kebab Mahal is a small place serving the yummiest food form the Indian subcontinent. Sometimes the place is spilling over with people, but their hot biryanis and wonderful curries make the wait totally worth it. We rarely have Indian when we are out traveling, but with Kebab Mahal we had to make an exception. As I write this , I wish I could have them deliver their Peshawari Naan and Bhindi Baaji here :). Oh well!
The legend of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde..
The super menu at Deacon's house
The National Gallery of Scotland, stands right outside the Princess Gardens and is a lovely place to get lost in the exhibits. As always my favorites were the impressionists.
Since admission is free, we went there a couple of times.
|The National Gallery of Scotland..|
|Royal Botanical Gardens..|
|Sights and Scenes from the Royal Mile...|
|The famous sky-terrier - 'Bobby', owned by a night watchman. When his master Grey died, Bobby spent the rest of his time sitting by his grave and is today immortalized in stone|
|Savor the Sun.. Princes Gardens on a sunny day, people throng the grassy spaces..|