Sunday, August 2, 2015

Edinburgh Scotland: Calton Hill + The Royal Mile


Next stop is Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Edinburgh has always been on my visit list ever since I first came to UK and I'm so happy I got to visit here. :) Intro picture is sis and I with the National Monument of Scotland.



After stopping at Leeds to put sis's luggages we then took off by train to Edinburgh early in the morning.



First thing we saw after stepping out of Edinburgh Waverley train station is the Scott Monument. A very Gothic architecture. Didn't manage to capture a decent picture with it so this will have to do.






Edinburgh is divided into two- Old Town and New Town, both regarded as the city centre. Pictures show New Town Edinburgh the view of Old Town and the Edinburgh Castle from there. :)

Choose your stay at Old Town for more history while New Town for modern shopping and restaurants. Our hotel is at West End Edinburgh so we have to access it through New Town but in my opinion it doesn't really make a big difference because it's just a fairly short distance between the two.






First stop was Calton Hill- a small climb from east end of Prince Streetto see a bird eye view of Edinburgh. A must! Even if you are not fit for hikes, this climb is not difficult at all and do not take more than 5 mins I think? (though Bev was half dead climbing this haha) If you are more athletic then go for a hike at Holyrood Park to Arthur's Seat where apparently you can get an even better view of the city, which we gladly passed lol.






After a short visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, it started pouring and we were hungry so we took shelter in a Mexican restaurant on the Royal Mile called Pancho Villa's and had lunch. Had the Beef Tacos while Bev had the Carne Enchiladas. Yum!

Pancho Villa's
240 Canongate, The Royal Mile,
Edinburgh EH8 8AB
Tel. 0131 557 4416








Along the Royal Mile there was also the Museum of Childhood filled with collections of toys. The doll exhibitions were very intriguing but I'm not gonna comment too much on the dolls because dolls in general creep me out. But I love doll houses and the details that go into making them!



Meanwhile we took advantage of the dress-up section made for kids.




Edinburgh Castle.








St. Giles Cathedral and its beautiful stained glass windows.




One realization I've made while looking through photos is that during our travels A LOT of pictures were spoilt by ugly white vans. D: Two above for example lol, the raining one above as well, and more to come! Continue soon. :)




With all the love,
Kxin

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