I left my house at 9:30 Monday morning and I arrived in the hotel in Edinburgh about lunchtime on Tuesday. Needless to say I was exhausted since I'd chosen to watch movies on the flight over the pond instead of sleeping. (The Expendables and The A-Team, in case you were wondering.) What did I find when we landed in Edinburgh? Cold, drizzly and cloudy weather, but not nearly as chilly as I'd expected. Yes, I could see my breath as I talked, but it didn't matter. My heart spoke then and said, "Welcome home." I turned to my friends and said, "I think I must've been Scottish in a former life!" I couldn't stop smiling.
Our hotel was gorgeous and centrally located. We didn't do much that first day. One friend needed sleep, so the other one and I went walking along the Royal Mile, glancing in the stores, listening to the bagpiper on the corner, and visiting the Police Museum where they had items made out of human skin. I kid you not. Creepy. Then we went inside one of my favorite pubs, Deacon Brodie's Tavern, for a few pints. The 3rd member of our party joined us for dinner a while later at a pub across from the hotel and then we turned in for the night to catch up on sleep.
Now for the pictures! This first one is Edinburgh Castle...from the front door of our hotel. (How awesome was this?!?!?!) Each of the restaurants and the bar in the hotel had big picture windows of this scene as well.
This second one is the view of Edinburgh from Maxie's, one of the restaurants that J.K. Rowling is said to have hung out in while writing Harry Potter.
This third one is the street we had to walk up in order to reach the Royal Mile.
This last one is also Edinburgh Castle from the hotel. I just love the view no matter the time of day!
I was there for 6 days, so be sure to come back to hear and see more of my adventure! Tomorrow will be details and pictures from Day 2, our day tour to the Borders.