- 1. 8/25 Arriving in Edinburgh
- 2. 8/26 Edinburgh
- 3. 8/27 Scotland – West Highland Lochs & Castles
- 4. 8/28 Edinburgh Castle
- 5. 8/29 North England – Holy Island, Bamburgh & Alnwick Castle
- 6. 8/30 Edinburgh – Palace of Holyroodhouse
- 7. 8/31 Scotland – Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands
- 8. 9/1 Edinburgh – National Museum of Scotland
- 9. 9/2-9/7 Family Visit in Dawlish
- 10. 9/8 London
- 11. 9/9 The Tower of London
- 12. 9/10 London – Westminster Abbey
- 13. 9/11 London – Buckingham Palace
- 14. 9/12 London Museums
Today’s feature was Edinburgh Castle. We had a glimpse of the castle from Princes Street Gardens. What’s worth mentioning was the world’s first (1903) floral clock at a corner of the gardens. It takes 30,000 plants and is planted twice a year, once in summer and once in winter.
We climbed up the steep slope of the castle hill to Edinburgh Castle. Since it was the main attraction of the city, it was very crowded. Edinburgh Castle was full of Scottish history, which was a history of constant wars. It had several military related museums and was still armed with several groups of canons. Its Royal Palace, despite its simple appearance, was the birth place of the first united king of England and Scotland. Edinburgh Castle is a working castle and currently used as a military base and government office.
We climbed down the castle hill and saw Edinburgh Castle in sunset.
Since we haven’t had proper meals for two days, we decided to try out a French restaurant named Maison Bleue (meaning Blue House). It had a nice ambience, but its food was more of a French-Cajun-Scottish fusion rather than purely French. We both ordered a 3-course meal. I really liked my appetizer scallops, except for the little pieces of black pudding in it, and Stephen’s calamari were interesting. For the main course, although Stephen enjoyed his deer meat, my fish and seafood gumbo didn’t taste very fresh. Our Crème Brûlée desert had a very nice creamy flavor, unfortunately I found it too sweet. Overall, it wasn’t as satisfying as I had expected.