Thursday, July 12, 2007

Edinburgh Castle

Today we made our way south to Edinburgh. Despite recommendations to take the train down, we decided to brave it and make the 2-hour drive. We followed the signs and parked in a parking structure at the base of Edinburgh castle. The view was spectacular. We made our way up the hill to the main entrance.

The view from the castle was spectacular. You could see all the way around. We saw a beautiful garden down below. We were sure to have lunch there later. We made our way even further up, since the castle itself has several levels, several levels of cannons.

While we were there, we took 2 self-guided tours: one on the history of the Edinburgh, and another on the Scottish Crown Jewels. Too bad we couldn’t take pictures. By the time we were done, we were pretty much all tired out. We headed back down and made a short trip to the souvenir shop and got some Scottish butter cookies.

Just outside the castle doors, lay a beautiful cobblestone road with quaint little shops. We did our rounds and purchased some souvenirs. Daddy bought a pair track pants with the words “Scotland” on it. It’s a functional souvenir, I’d like to think. Scottish Kilts were pretty expensive, so we didn’t get any of that.

We took a shortcut down to the park we saw from the castle. We picked a cozy little spot right by a fountain and brought out our packed lunch. We’ve been really good about packing lunch. It’s a REAL money saver. So it’s tuna sandwiches for lunch today. There was also a merry-go-round nearby, and Mommy took the kids for a spin. Good thing lunch didn’t make a re-appearance.

After lunch, Mommy and the aunties decided to do a little shopping. Daddy hung out with Arman and we had a smoothie. Rush hour had already started, so we decided to wait it out and leave after 6 pm. It was pretty late by the time we arrived at Dundee, and so we decided to stop for dinner at a Halal food restaurant. We were too tired to cook dinner at home anyway.

When we arrived back at the cottage, we went straight to bed! What a LONG day…

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