Time...Why You Punish Me?
Edinburgh Travel Blog› entry 37 of 49 › view all entries
January 2nd, 2008 – by: TRE69
We took the Airlink Express back to Edinburgh and just decided to see more of the city.
Even though Mar had been to the National Museum of Scotland already, she was eager to go again since there were still several levels that she had not seen yet. Plus admission is FREE! Rather than join the free guided tour of the museum, Mar and I opted to go at our own pace with the assistance of the free audio guides. Since I had my rollie bag with me and Mar had her big backpack on, the docents directed us to coat check/storage because we were not allowed to carry these items while exploring the museum.
Mar and I parted ways as she was off to see the upper levels and I wanted to see the older items in the museum's collection. I really enjoyed their mix of artifacts with modern art like the abstract bronze figures sculpted by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi which also doubled as a display case for ancient jewelry. Fortunately, I was also able to see some of the museum's collection highlights...The Maiden, the Lewis chessmen, the Bute or Bannatyne mazer, and the Queen Mary Harp. I spent the good part of 2 hours exploring just the first and second levels!
After roaming the museum's many collections, I was in need of some fresh air so I headed to the top floor to access the Roof Terrace. The Roof Terrace had excellent views of the city...the Crags, Calton Hill, and Edinburgh Castle as well as exhibits of local flora.
Shortly after, I found Mar and we both decided we were museum-ed out so we gathered our things from coat check/storage and headed back to the Royal Mile because I wanted to see the inside of St. Giles Cathedral. The stained glass windows were beautiful and the pipe organ was certainly impressive.
It was already past 1pm and we both were hungry for lunch. I wanted to eat at The Witchery because I have read some good reviews about the restaurant and I figured the meal would be cheaper if we went for lunch. Mar was game and we hauled ass up the Royal Mile towards the castle. It was lunchtime so I didn't think getting a table for 2 would be that difficult. Unfortunately, according to the hostess a table wouldn't be available until 230pm!!! So we scrapped that idea...another place I will have to go to the next time I am in Scotland. So we settled for Deacon Brodies just down the street.
After our leisurely lunch we decided to head to the airport so we wouldn't miss ANOTHER flight to Dublin!
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