aye, here it is – impressions of three days edinburgh in a nutshell – too much to see and flat feet from too much walking – a hostel in the center of old town – fifteen minutes from the castle and fifteen from the palace of holyroodhouse, directly on the royal mile

there’s tartan everywhere, even on the bus seats – an astonishing amount of people is actually wearing kilts and the tourists are easily distinguished from the locals, as they have absolutely no sense of style (mostly), while the locals are highly fashionable

the castle is absolutely amazing – rising high over the city and – if the weather acts accordingly – providing an excellent view around and over the firth of forth into fife – the crown jewels are surprisingly not tartan, but can be viewed surrounded by a detailed exhibition about their history, crowned by the spectacular re-discovery through sir walter scott in 1818

food is yet another amazing topic – too much goodies to try in such a short time and too many cafés, pubs and places to choose from – i just want to mention two favorites – chocolate soup, provider of this amazing muffin: and the elephant house – birthplace of harry potter – i can very well imagine sitting there all day, sipping coffee and writing fantastic books

museums are mostly free, which is fantastic – you can just slip in, while it rains, check out a cool exhibition and leave again, as soon as the sky is bright and clear

and a bright and clear sky should be used to take a hike up the salisbury craigs or arthur’s seat – an amazing view of the city and surrounding country awaits the weary wanderer – in rain and fog it feels ever so slightly more scottish and very sublime – almost like the highlands, when corbies fly overhead and an eerie caw caw is the only sound to be heard besides the ever so softly constant whistling of the winds

more photos will be added to my photo blog over the next few days