Edinburgh sightseeing and the Military Tattoo
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I'm writing this blog on 3rd Jan 2009 as I sit on my balcony, it's about 84F/28C outside at the moment. Gotta love Texan winters!
Edinburgh through the years has always had a significance to me (and to others) as another important city in the UK. It was perhaps the only Scottish city I could name when I was a kid. And so when I planned my trip, rather, when I went to Scotland and Vaiji told me that I'd be going to Edinburgh one day, it felt good! I woke up that morning on time - Raju and Vaiji went to work and I packed up, and went for a round of shopping albums in Glasgow.
So, caught the train from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Princess Street, the train takes a little over an hour. What I didn't know about Edinburgh is that the tourist centre is located right here...so from the time I got out of the train, it was crowds and rush and crowds and rush. I bought a pass for the city sightseeing tour (and after having seen the city twice after this trip, I can say that was a waste of money) and wandered around the area before boarding the bus at the main stop. I can remember being stunned by the number of people I saw here - it looked so busy and so crowded. I had always expected Edinburgh to be a bit more sublime, quieter and aristocratic, so to speak. But it looked like a busy buzzing city. The sightseeing tour is the same you'd expect - nice fresh bright double decker busses, and humorous guides. One thing about the Scottish - they have a very warm sense of humour and seem genuinely friendly.
They passed by Jennings, calling it the Harrods of Scotland, and I got down in that area to do some shopping. At that time, I was a huge fan of the label FCUK and bought a cool tee at their Edn outlet. I walked around the area for some time and caught the bus back for a round around town. Today, I know that the Magnificent Mile is doable by foot, but at the time, the Edn hot spots seemed scattered all over town and bus seemed the only way to go. I'm kind of bummed that I spent more of this day wandering around on the bus and not visiting actual places.