Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Time Has Come The Walrus Said To Talk Of Other Things, Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax, of Cabbages and Kings
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The first day we flew into Edinburgh and were amazed by what we saw. Although England and Scotland's histories have overlapped throughout the centuries and they have many similarities, their architecture is very different. Scotland has a much more gothic feel, with dark stones and pointed tops.
We ate dinner at a pub called the Amber Rose. They were having a deal which included 2 for 1 dinners and even better 2 for 1 DESSERTS! Yum! The meals were quite cheap.... I think they expect people to spend a lot of money on alcohol and so they make the food fairly inexpensive. We were the only ones in the whole pub eating. When we walked up to the bar and asked for 6 waters the bartender was baffled. They gave us free water though and it even had ice! I was in heaven.
Carly and I split desserts she got the triple layer chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and I got the apple and chocolate cheesecake. It was divine.
Scotland lost so many victims to the black plague that essentially they buried the entire city of dead by building a new city right on top. Caverns of the buried city are still accessible. We went on a City of the Dead Tour through some of these haunted caverns. Our tour guide had a thick Celtic accent and provided us with fun stories about olden day Scotland. Some people claimed to have heard spirits whisper to them or could feel a presence. All I have to say is... I aint 'fraid of no ghost. (I had the ghostbusters theme song playing through my head the entire tour)
We woke up at 3:30 AM to hike a sunrise hike overlooking Edinburgh. So windy, so freezing, so early, but the view was breathtaking! This was one of my favorite parts of our entire trip to the land of the Scotts.
This is what Edinburgh looks like at 4 in the MORNING.
Edinburgh Castle - this is the first thing you see when you enter the city. It is set high on the very edge of the cliff.
Day 2 we woke up early and walked along the coast to catch a ferry which took us to the most Norther part of Scotland - The Orkney Islands. Remember that Scotland is EXTREMELY windy. This makes for a very wavy ferry ride. Lots of sick tummies.
We stopped at a cafe and had lunch. We mostly lived off of easy access food aka oranges and apples so this meal was delicious and desperately needed.
Skara Brae is a small village from before the pyramids were created. Basically it looks like the Shire. It was really neat though and the coast is so scenic.
We saw 9 rainbows during our four day adventure.
Our final destination in Scotland was Loch Ness... It was raining so we were unable to have a "nessie" sighting.
We didn't see very many people but we saw a whole lot of SHEEP. Yes, those are very real sheep sitting on the front porch of this house.