Scotland: Edinburgh City

This entry is way too overdue! I have nothing but good words about this side of the Kingdom. We fondly called this place “the North” as it is located in the northern part of the country and could get pretty cold at times! If you’re a fan of GOT, then you know what we mean. 😉

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To start off, Scotland’s amazing! I didn’t expect it to be that good, but boy did it blow my breath away! Words are not enough to describe how beautiful and majestic it was. Even when looking back at the photos while working on this entry made my heart skipped beats. In fact, I found it so beautiful that it took the spot which was reserved only for London before – my favorite place in the world…. as of yet. 

We were lucky to get a long weekend while we were in UK and two of our colleagues were sent to Edinburgh, so we decided to give them a visit and see Scotland as well. 

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The capital of Scotland, the city boasts of medieval old town and elegant Georgian new town with gardens and neoclassisical buildings. It is currently my most favorite city in the world, overtaking London. First look in Edinburgh and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported in the medieval world that you’ve only read in history books!

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Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. This is Scotland’s version of Japan’s Hachiko.
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JK Rowling wrote the Potter books over coffee and cake in this relaxed writer/reader-friendly cafe.

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St. Giles Cathedral against the light.
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The entrance of St. Giles Cathedral.
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Inside the St. Giles Cathedral, it’s actually not allowed to take photos. You’ll have to pay a good amount if you really want to take a lot of beautiful pictures.
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The National Books Library?
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Entrance to Ediburgh Castle.
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View from the Edinburgh Castle.
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Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. I heard it looks amazing inside!

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Spirelike Victorian memorial in honour of the writer Sir Walter Scott, with 287 steps to the top. Amazing views above!
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The Edinburgh Castle from Princess Street.

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Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill
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The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill, to commemorate Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar.

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Edinburgh City view from Calton Hill

From Calton Hill, we hailed a cab going to the Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat, the main mountain in Edinburgh where you can hike for a good amount of 15 minutes and see the buildings and coastline of the city.

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Within the park you can also visit St Anthony’s Chapel – a 15th century medieval chapel, Salisbury Crags – a series of 150 foot cliff faces dominating Edinburgh’s skyline as well as Duddingston Loch – a fresh water loch rich in birdlife.

The place is like a little Highlands and less breathtaking, but all the same breathtaking!

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Edinburgh covered in mist at around 8:30PM. I tell you, it almost looked and felt spooky! Since we were at the 10th floor of the hotel, we totally saw how the mist was moving and wrapping the city.

What I really liked about Edinburgh is the people. They were so friendly, so polite, so laid-back. They drink at 5PM and finishes early at 8PM – all drunk and wasted and they don’t care! It was so fun watching these people walk along the hilly streets singing and just having a good time.

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We had this pub tour booklet that needed to be stamped by at least 5 pubs for us to get free Edinburgh keychains, and so our pub crawling begun at 10PM…..
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And most of the pubs were already closed by 10! Lol. In the Philippines, 10 is quite early to start drinking. I still can’t over the fact that people in Europe start drinking even when the sun’s still up!

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I never expected Edinburgh to be such a beauty! It looked like it was taken straight out from the history books. As someone who really liked reading anything about medieval life, royalties, wars, I’ve heard Scotland a lot and never in my wildest dreams I’ve thought I’d be given a chance to set foot on it. It’s funny how we can fall in and out of love from one city to another.

Pero seriously guys, if ever you drop by UK, you have to see Edinburgh and the Highlands! Rent a car and do a roadtrip from Edinburgh to the Highlands to Inverness and back to Edinburgh! The view’s crazy!

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