our last visit in 2009, Princes Street was a mess with roadworks to lay the new tram tracks. I was certain they would be finished by our 2012. You just have to look at the above photo to see that they aren't. It seems to be a comedy of errors.
I don't think we met with one person where the topic of trams didn't come up. The plans were shelved and then started again. According to those we spoke to, the tram line was planned to go to the airport but now they wont go all the way and people have been told they can't take large bags on the trams.
proposed referendum on Scottish Independence. Not a lot of enthusiasm for it was heard. I would need more information to be able to make more comment. It sounds like that is part of the problem. The impression I got was that there was a lot of Braveheart-style nationalism without deeper understanding.
Burns Night Supper, we were flabbergasted at how little tartan tat we brought home from our Edinburgh trip at the end of last year. There is just never enough room in the suitcase for everything we want to take home. Above is the sort of Scottish stoneware I would love to bring home if only I wasn't so anxious it would be too heavy and too breakable. (Maybe I will need to order something like these.)
- I met an old lady who chatted away about kids and the snow and then launched into telling me that she had been queuing all her life and anyone who thought they could jump ahead of her in the bus queue could go up a gum tree. I didn't tell her that I've never mastered the art of queuing for Edinburgh buses.
- We overheard a couple behind us talking about skiing. The man then said that he found downhill skiing as pointless as golf. My father-in-law - a golf enthusiast - was most displeased when we relayed the comment. In fact Sylvia thinks she has now discovered what golf is - according to her you go up a mountain and put a ball in a hole.
- We met an old guy on a bus who told us that now he had his seniors bus pass he spent time travelling for free around Scotland. He said he would love to go to Australia because of Kylie Minogue. We didn't tell him that she is more likely to be in the UK and that he was probably not her type!
Yes there were some things that weren't great. The lack of good local fresh fruit and vegetables in the supermarket, drying our loads of laundry inside in our flat and being unwelcome in too many pubs because we were accompanied by a 3 year old. Not enough time to go to Next, Tesco or souvenir shops. Most things were good. E loved listening to BBC Scotland and the bargains at the 'new' Primark department store. We were pleased at finding some great cafes, and the Christmas decorations everywhere just added to the magic of the trip.
last visit there were a few places I would have liked to have visited and am making notes of them for our next trip. I also found that the Good Soup Guide and Trip Advisor were places I found useful information on Edinburgh cafes.
- Wedgewood, Royal Mile
- Fruitmarket Gallery, Market Street
- Baked potato shop, top of Cockburn Street (not easy with a stroller)
- Dubh Prais , Royal Mile
- The Grain Store, Victoria Street
- Russian Passion Cafe, Canonmills
- Peter’s Yard Coffee House and Bakery, Quartermile, Simpson Loan
- Clarinda's Tea Rooms, Canongate
- Sunflower Restaurant, Bridgegate
- Oven Door Tearoom, High Street
- Tontine Hotel, High Street
- (and remember to visit Couchee Righ gift shop)
- Charlie's Cafe, High Street
- Cake Cafe, High Street
- Westgate Gallery