Easter in Edinburgh

April 3, 2013

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter! I headed to Edinburgh for the holiday weekend and had the most amazing time. The city itself was absolutely charming. I spent a couple of days just wandering the streets, poking my head into all the cute little boutiques around Grass Market, and climbing far more stairs than I can count. The architecture was stunning and the castle that overlooked the city made for an imposing skyline. We stayed at Garfield Guest House, a lovely B&B about a 10 minute drive outside the city center. The owner was so sweet and the Scottish breakfast they prepared for us was delicious. They even offered everyone some Haggis, which I respectfully declined ;)

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When a friend of mine told me that the cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter was in Edinburgh, I had to check it out. While the cafe was rather touristy and not as cosy as I had expected, it was fun to visit. And I had to try my hand at reading my tea leaves, of course. I was seeing an old lady walking with a cane– a good omen? Professor Trewlaney would be proud.

My favorite part of the trip was definitely a tour of the Highlands that I took with Rabbies (my tour guide was Audrey & she was fantastic!). We headed off bright and early on Saturday for a 12 hour whirlwind tour of the countryside. I’m not normally one for bus rides, as I do get a touch motion sick, but I was so captivated by the scenery to mind. I loved getting to hear some Scottish history on the tour as well. Oh Robert the Bruce, such an interesting fellow! The landscape was so stark and awe-inspiring that I sometimes felt like I was on another planet. The vast distances we drove without seeing anybody else certainly added to this. The mountains were stunning, covered in heather that blooms purple in August and the lochs were so still and glassy that they were practically mirrors. Loch Ness was magnificent, I’m just disappointed that I didn’t get a shot of Nessie herself. Oh well, next time for sure!

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Where are you Nessie?

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12 Comments »

  1. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a lovely Easter!

    xo Jennifer

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  2. Marlen says:

    Any post that has a Harry Potter mention is a winner in my book! That’s so cool you got to go to the cafe- I get tingles just imagining her writing it. And you have THE most beautiful city shots- you have such a knack framing photos.I can just look at these allll day

    xo Marlen
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  3. Cindy says:

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend. Love the photo of you in the cafe! Is that where JK Rowling wrote?

  4. Katie says:

    Oh my <3 This place is so wonderful ! I'm jealous you were there!
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  5. Tallia says:

    what a beautiful Easter you had! This place is simply gorgeous

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  6. Kristian says:

    Gorgeous photos! You always have the most beautiful photos that give a true sense of a place. Glad you had fun!

  7. Sara says:

    you have no idea how jealous I am right now! Do you live in France or somewhere near there? It is and always will be my Life Dream to go to Paris/Europe. I have dreamt (literally) about it for so long. So many beautiful photos!! I scrolled thru lot of your other posts below and love them all.

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  8. Lauren says:

    Thanks for sharing those photos..they are breathtaking! I’ve always wanted to travel there! xo

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