Adventure

Throwback to Edingburgh….

24/11/2015

Made the trip down in 2012 and I cannot wait to visit Scotland again. I often say to my Fiancé I will love to retire in a small village in Scotland… I think he still thinks I am kidding, guess i have a lot of work to do to turn that joke to reality.

I found Scots a charming and fun people… Something about Edinburgh was enchanting, perhaps it was the numerous castles, nature or cultural history. Edinburgh took its place as my 2nd most favourite city in the UK, topped by none other than Liverpool of course :p . Edinburgh had character, modern but rich in history. I would be walking down a modern shopping street and turn to see a cobbled side street which immediately made me feel like I was about to step into a page in Oliver Twist or something..lol

View of The Scot Monument in between a modern and old building

The city is divided into the old and new town. The old town is preserved as a UNESCO world heritage site as it has kept most of its medieval buildings and street plan. We stayed in the old town and had a beautiful view of the new town from our area. We found our 2 bed apartment on booking.com. It was quite central and easy to move about by foot; less than 10 minutes walk away from Edinburgh Castle. It was interesting to see that the currency there though of equal value to the British Pound was different. We went to the ATM and got Scottish Pounds notes…Guess a lot of resentment still prevails for the English

Standing in the New Town with the Old Town in the background.

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View of the New Town from the Old Town

The Apartment

The Apartment

The apartment was less than 5 minutes by foot to The Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is formed of a number of streets between two iconic locations in Edinburgh; Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. Holyrood Palace is the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland; whenever the Brit Royals are in town they live there. The Royal Mile is thus a major street in Old Edinburgh…and royal of course.. lol

Panorama view of The Royal Mile

Edinburgh Castle was amazing…It sits atop castle rock at the left end of the royal mile. We saw some crown-royal jewels but were not allowed to take any pictures, they were jaw dropping…I really wanted to sneak one but my conscience did not allow me. I also especially enjoyed seeing the dungeons where they kept some french prisoners who were captured during a war. The room where Queen Mary gave birth to King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England was also exciting. The Scots and English struggled for control of the castle throughout the wars of independence.

The Entrance

The Entrance

The room King James VI was born

The room where Mary Queen of Scots birthed  King James VI of Scotland

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Panorama view The room where Mary Queen of Scots birthed King James VI of Scotland

The room where Mary Queen of Scots birthed King James VI of Scotland

The room where Mary Queen of Scots birthed King James VI of Scotland

The War Memorial was amazing and for some reason emotional for me. We went into this memorial room which had the names of every soldier that died in combat and it was lit with candles. We were not allowed to take pictures inside as a sign of respect.

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

Then we were off to the Dungeons!

Entrance to the dungeons

Entrance to the dungeons

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Eating Area

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Sleeping area

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How else do I prove I’ve been in a Scottish Dungeon!

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Meal Planning for the French Prisoners

Panorama view of Edinburgh From Edinburgh Castle

Panorama view of Edinburgh From Edinburgh Castle

From the castle we went on a hike up Calton Hill.(Don’t know where we got the strength from) Calton Hill is also a World Heritage Site….Loved my Panorama Shots from up there! You get the best views of the entire beautiful city of Edinburgh from there…Some of us took naps, played games and listened to music to the view. Would never ever forget this experience.

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Edinburgh from Calton Hill

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Edinburgh from Calton Hill

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Edinburgh and Caleb’s Girl :)

We called it an evening after that….was an amazing day that has clearly lingered on in my heart…x

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Sir Walter Scot Monument is the largest monument erected for a writer in the world.

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View of the New Town from The Old Town at Night

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Mama 26/12/2015 at 5:54 pm

    Lovely pictures! I should put Edinburgh on my traveling bucket list. I’m glad I found your blog from your Instagram page, you do seem to lead a fun life. I have a quick question for you if you don’t mind. I’m about to round up my medical degree at a medical university in Eastern Europe and my plan is to move to Sweden or Norway afterwards, I’m currently at an A2 level in Swedish, my question to you is this; has it been a hard adjustment getting used to the weather and people in Norway ? Every one says it cold and miserable and I’m beginning to second guess my decision to move there after school. Any tips or experience you can share will be gladly appreciated.

    • Reply Calebs Girl 27/12/2015 at 12:34 am

      Hi Mama and thank you! Congrats in advance on rounding up your degree, way to go! Norway is cold but not miserable, It is very expensive, the people are nice once they get to know you, you must however contribute value to society too, if you love nature and walks you will love Norway. It has perfect seasons so it tends to get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. You will need very good winter clothes, a popular saying in Norway ”Det er ikke dårlig vær bare dårlig klær” sums it up. It is a great country to live and work in…

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