My main conclusion from this trip: Scottish accents are my favourite. Ever.
France, Ireland, and England are close contenders, but Scotland takes the cake. (This is possibly because David Tennant was my first real celebrity crush. I was a nerdy kid.)
In addition to this joy, Edinburgh was beautiful. We are talking about a city that has a castle smack in the middle, after all.
Um, say hello to the location of my future wedding. (Also to the location where Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, gave birth to James the 1st of England. There, now you can say you learnt something.)
And the rest of the city is just as gorgeous. (Do I sound like a travel ad yet? The city isn’t sponsoring this post, but maybe they should be…) Back in the olden days, the entire town was contained in a one-mile-by-one-mile radius, which today looks like this and is known as the Royal Mile:
Edinburgh isn’t just all about architecture, either. If you want to get fit and pretend like you’re in the country? Go to Arthur’s Seat, a giant hill (small mountain?) that’s just off the corner of Holyroodhouse Palace.
I was torn between feeling as though I was on top of the world, and worrying that I was about to plummet to my death. (A feeling that I often have throughout my life, honestly.) And don’t worry that you won’t be able to climb it: my friend was wearing flip-flops, so you’ll be fine.
The last thing about Edinburgh that made it a Top Tatiana Travel destination was the wealth of cute cafés. My main food groups while travelling are protein bars and coffee, so finding cafés is crucial to survival (the survival of my travel companions, that is). Just look at this:
Shout-out to The Milkman for providing me with a raspberry cheesecake brownie for breakfast. (How have I never tried this amazing food item in Canada? Is it not a thing? It should be.)
I’ve decided to finish off each travel post with a quick list of travel tips in case you’re planning on visiting these cities too. (Mostly because I like alliteration.)
Tatiana’s Travel Tips for Edinburgh:
- Edinburgh has a ton of free tours along the Royal Mile. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of them!
- The main museums are free! So go to them too! (In case it isn’t obvious, I am a Poor Student who loves free things.)
- There is such a thing as vegetarian haggis, and it is undoubtedly better than real haggis. Also, curry fries. Curry fries are DIVINE.
Next stop: Paris!