In this hearing of the accused, The World, I would like to examine and put on stand my next witness, Edinburgh, who will be put to trial as a representative of its client-boss, Scotland, in a two-parts hearing session.
I visited Edinburgh in December for Christmas and believe me, I fell in love with this city the minute I got out of the Airport. The little fairytale like houses, the roads, the people, everything was so magical, that that put this city as our prime suspect in this matter against The World. The city is so small that you can walk from one end to another in a few hours, so get your sports shoes and explorer on, and do walk around!
Winters is not the best time to be in the UK, especially if you are not a winters person, or if you do not like freezing to death. Because December in Edinburgh will literally freeze you. Our first day involved getting used to the weather. I was told it is so cold there that any water or water droplets left on the road turn into ice by the night (One of my acquaintances there actually slipped on it one night and broke his rib bone!)
We realized our hotel, Radisson Blu was at the most perfect location – The Royal Mile, which is actually the main road running from one end of Edinburgh to another. Everything you need to see in the city, or everywhere you need to go is either on Royal Mile, or on the road parallel to it, called the Market Street, or on the road parallel to that, called Princes Street (where all the stores and shopping is), all linked through the North Bridge.
Christmas decor is what makes the holiday season ‘the most beautiful time of the year’! The decorations at House of Fraser were every holiday lover’s dream come true!
There is something about the air of Edinburgh, perhaps due to the holiday season. So, if you go to Edinburgh in the month of December, do NOT miss the Edinburgh Christmas Market. There is amazing food and drinks, rides and games, and basically has something for every age. Believe it or not, but I had the best Belgian waffles there! There is no waffle which has ever come even close to the waffles from that market.
Something that will keep you warm and fuzzy in the cold there is mulled wine. For those of you who do not know what mulled wine is, it is wine served hot with spices and orange zest, and if you have a taste for wine, you will definitely love it. Also, it is something easily available in every bar, restaurant, and of course the Christmas market. You get a choice of whether you want to have it with rum, or brandy.
The Scott Monument – built in commemoration for the Scott writer, Sir Walter Scott – has 287 steps till the top and is open for public.
The Edinburgh Castle – the most popular tourist spot of the city.
If you go till the castle, you can also go to the Scotch Whiskey Experience nearby, although I thought it was a little overcharged, hence I did not go for it, but if you fancy it, you must! You can visit the store outside the museum and buy scotch, lip balms made of whiskey, and see the beautiful store if nothing else!
The Scotch Whiskey Experience Store
St. Giles’ Cathedral
Attended the morning Christmas service, and it really was one of the most soul touching experiences. The Cathedral in itself is a architectural pleasure to the eyes.
There are three hills surrounding Edinburgh – Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill and Castle Rock and are all hike-able. However, I only went on one of them – Calton Hill. It has a monument, an observatory and a lot of view points from where you can see the entire city from the Parliament till the Castle. The hike till there is not tedious and any person of any age group can do it.
View from Calton Hill
Princes Street from Calton Hill
The Dome, on George Street in New Town, is the highlight of the city, to be very honest. It is a quaint, regal architecture which is most famous for its Christmas tree and evening tea. If you ever want to sit and enjoy a light meal with tea there, DO make a reservation otherwise it is impossible to get a table there. It is a bit on the expensive side, but the locals told me it is something worth spending money on, and boy were they right!
The Dome – Reservation is a must if you ever want to get place to sit here and have your evening tea.
Do visit just for its famous Christmas tree and decorations, if not for the tea or food. The entry is free and open for all.
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