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Trip Report Greetings From Edinburgh, Scotland Day 1

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Greetings From Scotland
Day 1

Hi everybody. Here I am in Edinburgh, Scotland. We arrived this afternoon, after a pleasent flight, where Frank and I slept like a baby. We took an adorable British cab to our hotel. We could not get over how they drive on the wrong side of the road, and the driver is on the opposite side. We were greeted by a cold damp, rainy gray day. Little rain pellets fell as if to welcome us to this foreign land.

We are staying in a charming hotel name Hotel Channing. It is on a quiet attractive street, a brisk 5 minute walk away from the city . Beautiful old Georgian style mansions, with stain glass windows, and darling flower boxes adorn these lovely charms.

We were greeted with friendliness and a spirit of kindness, that I have not encountered abroad since we went to Dublin. I find Scottish people, in general, in my limited experience, are eager to please, willing and accomadating, energetic and polite, and most of all extremely civilized. Waiting their turns, patient and courteous.

Our conseriage Richard, brought our bags to our lovely room. It is spacious and warm, comfortable and clean. He made some suggestions, made himself available, basically our Mr. Belvedeer for 5 days. Mustering up our energy, we showered and got ourselves together and marched down the streets toward the city. It was gloomy and rainy, but we were well prepared, and full of enthusiasm. We found some confusion regarding the crossing the street situation, but managed not to get run over or cause any accidents, so I consider that a success. We walked along a park, while city workers bustled out of their offices in the end of the week frenzy.

We passed the Famous Edinburgh Castle. It followed us , in the same way the moon seems to always follow you. We took the suggestion from our lovely Richard for a restaurant called Cafe Fish. Every night they change their menus according to the fresh ingrediants offered and available. The restaurant was modern, white, and simple. The food was artistic, creative and unique. I had an onion tart with cheese to start, followed by gnocci and eggplant. The tart was delicate and delicious. A tiny morsel of heaven. The gnocci was crispy and buttery and melted in my mouth. I washed this down with an alcoholic apple cider from Sweden. It was like liquid velvet. Frank had a creamy fish chowder, chock full of fishy bits. His next course was a Monk fish in a curry sauce. The meal was very enjoyable, but indulgent and a little pricey.

We walked through the twiny , narrow hilly streets, water twinkling on the cobblestone. We made our way back to the hotel, thanks to our GPS and Frank's keen sense of direction. More to report tomorrow as it is a national holiday in our little family--The Frankster's birthday, and St. Patty's day .

~~Brooke and Frank~~

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