Entranced by Edinburgh

After leaving London we stopped at Stonehedge and Manchester stadium, then travelled through the Lake District and finally arrived in Scotland.  We saw Loch Ness and several castles before continuing on towards Edinburgh.  I was delighted by the beautiful Scottish countryside and the landscapes were breathtaking.  We took hundreds of photos but none of them could capture the atmosphere of the breathtaking scenery all around us.

We also saw a lot of castles and remains of castles.  We stopped at two of them: Urqhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle.

Although I was impressed and amazed by them both, neither of them could rival the majestic beauty and size of Edinburgh Castle.

 Numerous other buildings in Scotland were just as impressive and the next building was even more beautiful than the last.

 

By far my favourite building was Scott’s Monument.  It looked like something out of The Lord of the Rings, so dark and menacing but also so very beautiful, unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

I was also fascinated by the streets of Edinburgh with their narrow alleys, steep steps and buildings built on hills.  It made me think of San Francisco and the hill cities in Italy, but infinitely more interesting and very, very beautiful.

Unfortunately we didn’t spend much time  in Scotland and didn’t have much of a chance to interact with Scottish people or observe the culture.  Consequently I don’t have any cultural observations to report but I was absolutely enchanted with this city and can’t wait for an opportunity to go back and explore it even further.  However we did attempt to sample some traditional Scottish food and had the opportunity to try haggis.  Although it may sound a bit unappetizing to some, we found it to be delicious!  Ours was served with tatties (mashed potatoes).

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