Edinburgh: A Wonderful Surprise

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Just got back from 5 days in the Scottish capital and I am thoroughly impressed.

((I'm not labeling this one under my "Expat Travels" series since I was technically there for work))

Nevertheless, I smartly carved out some time to explore this gorgeous city. I'm not usually into victorian or gothic style places, which would kind of explain why I haven't really traversed Europe, but I really loved the architecture and charm of Edinburgh.

I struggled to pre-plan things to do that wouldn't take all day, but when I arrived it became easier.

I'm usually a planner, but I definitely "winged it" for most of this trip. And the more I winged it, the more things I found to do.

Views from Calton Hill

Gloomy views from above

Strolling along Prince's Street. LOADS of shopping, eateries and beautiful sites!

Scott Monument...monuments galore!

They were preparing for their annual Christmas Market

I am a museum lover; I'm fascinated by human progression, past and present. The National Museum of Scotland is one of the best I've ever visited; three stories of awesomeness and I was completely overwhelmed by it. From fashion to transport to culture, they had it all. It's too bad I only had an hour to spare there, one could easily spend a half day here.

I'm not a fan of cuisine from western Europe, like, at all. Fortunately, there are several, several multicultural eateries to choose from; a Mediterranean and Mexican restaurant were my favs.

Nice meal from Laila's on Cockburn. 

Above average Mexican fare from Viva Mexico in Old Town.

This is actually a food restaurant, but whiskey bars rule in Scotland!

One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to nearby Falkirk to see the The Kelpies. I like horses, and this stunning tribute was a sight to see.

Haaay boo

Edinburgh is a coastal town, and I imagine their Portobello Promenade is amazing in warmer months.

Portobello Beach

Selfie shadows

Apparently the do this here, too.

One thing that Edinburgh has no shortage of is tours. If you walk up and down the Royal Mile, there are people everywhere selling tours ranging from whiskey experiences, free city walking tours and underground ghost stories. Edinburgh has a very interesting history and there's something for everyone.

If you do nothing else, visit the Edinburgh castle. There are various vantage points throughout the city to see it, but nothing beats up close and personal.

I made the most of my time in Edinburgh. I am doing a Eurotrip this summer and Scotland wasn't on my list, so I'm glad that I got to experience it.

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  1. Amazing photos! Looks like you had a great time!

  2. Love seeing more black people visit Scotland. Edinburgh is my dream destination spot. I cannot wait go next year. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

  3. Wonderful post and great pictures! It's nice that you get to travel for work.

  4. Edinburgh just came on my radar. Your post makes me want to go! Glad you enjoyed it.