I thought we’d take a break from the Sri Lanka themed posts for a week (yep, there’s still more to come!) and head to the less tropical shores of Bonny Scotland. Edinburgh to be exact, where we returned for my birthday in March. We decided to take my mom with us this time. We knew she’d love the Scottish capital and she hadn’t been on a plane since she was pregnant with me (airport security has changed a lot in that time, apparently!).
Here’s what we got up to…
Then it was off to the hotel to check in. We stayed in the Novotel Edinburgh Centre and were pretty impressed with the view from our window…
and the birthday goodies they gave me.
The following day was my birthday, so after a satisfying breakfast we caught a cab to Leith and boarded the Royal Yacht Britannia. I was pleasantly surprised with how interesting it was, giving a sneak peek not only into where the Royals would have stayed (glam but now rather dated) but also where all the other servicemen would have bunked-up. It really was a floating town.
There were some unmissable photo opportunities.
I fell in love with these chairs.
Then we grabbed a scrumptious lunch on board, with some yummy tea.
bullied encouraged my fellow travellers to walk back to the hotel along the Water of Leith. There were groans at first, but once we started on the walk everyone seemed pleased we’d done it, walking along tree-lined, picturesque river banks certainly beats getting stuck in a traffic jam.
On the evening we headed to Jamie’s Italian for dinner, which was nice, but not as good as other Jamie’s that I’ve visited previously. Still enjoyed it though.
Then we climbed Calton Hill. I love the view of the city from up there.
Before heading back to the airport.