Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Royal Mile

Our first day in Scotland!!!!! Edinburgh is so charming.  I could not get over all the architecture, it was so different from what we were seeing over in Bavaria.  It was a cool, overcast day, just the perfect backdrop for exploring the city.

We had great views of the famous Edinburgh castle as we walked up to the Royal Mile.

Awe, The Royal Mile, I feel in love with this magical street as soon as we stepped foot on it.  It is full of fun shops filled to the brim with all sorts of plaid clothing, blankets, shoes, toys, everything!  There were street performers, and bagpipe players, jewelry stalls, and adorable Scottish accents everywhere!  We wandered through all the stores, watched the performers, bought fun souvenirs and just enjoyed the fun atmosphere, it was such a fun day!

A box full of adorable Black Deaths

We made sure to make the trip to see the memorial statue of Greyfriar's Bobby.

"Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Scotland, through several books and films, and a prominent commemorative statue and a nearby grave."

We stopped at a little bakery to get some treats for lunch.  They were beautiful and delicious!  It was fun to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful weather and take a little rest from walking.

These were a few of the treasures I bought today.  Silver celtic rings, and a fun scarf.

Tonight we met up with our tour.  Our group consisted of 23 other guests and a fun boisterous tour guide, Clinton Scott III, from Louisiana he had a fun southern accent and plenty of jokes.  We had a private bagpipe concert then headed into the dining room for a traditional Scottish dinner!

It was a wonderful welcome and introduction to our two week tour of Great Britain!

1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorite days! I am so glad we went early to enjoy browsing the Royal Mile and getting in tune with Scotland.
    I love my fall plaid throw we found that day. Christmas table this year will have a plaid cloth!