Monday, July 1, 2013

UK Trip #4: Arrival in Edinburgh, Scotland!

We arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday, June 18th. 
Hotel room at the Apex Waterloo
CONFUSED CABBIE - Our elderly driver was waiting for us at the airport and just grunted when we got there. He had my (Rob) first and last name and Tom's first name written on the sign he was holding. He asked where the third person was and I told him that "Gutro" is my last name and there's only 2 of us. He didn't seem to get it for a couple of minutes, then "dawn broke on Marblehead" as my dad would say, and he realized what I was saying, so he grunted and told us to follow him to the cab. He said almost nothing all the way to the hotel.
The tub Tom enjoyed a bath in!
Taking in the sights

"Man of Steel" movie ad on a Scotland bus!

NICE HOTEL - We stayed at the Apex Waterloo Hotel and it was wonderful. We were on the 10th floor (top floor) and had a nice view of the North Sea and the northern edge of Edinburgh. The room had a nice big tub (which Tom enjoyed a bubble bath in), shower, comfy bed, desk, TV and an internet connection we could use freely on another floor.
A castle-like building on a hill in Edinburgh

SUPERMAN IN SCOTLAND - I was excited to see a "Man  of Steel" poster on the side of a double decker bus!
The Scottish Monument

"Arthur's Seat" - the extinct volcano
GREAT SCOTT!  - The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.
WALKING THE CITY- We unpacked and walked around the city, walked through the huge underground mall, grabbing a sandwich and taking it back to the hotel, where we watched some kind of Scottish HGTV. 

LOOKING AT ARTHUR'S SEAT - No, we weren't looking at a guy's butt... but that's not to say we wouldn't. We were looking at a geographical feature called "Arthur's Seat." According to Wikipedia,  Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design." It is situated in the center of the city of Edinburgh, about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. The hill rises above the city to a height of 822 ft. Arthur's Seat is the largest of the three parts of the Arthur's Seat Volcano site of special scientific interest which is designated to protect its important geology (see below), grassland habitats and uncommon plant and animal species.

downtown Edinburgh, Scotland
GREAT GHOST TOUR- Anne Marie Clarke of Across the Pond Tours (we highly recommend) booked us on a "Mercat Tour of the underground vaults that run under part of the city. We took the "Hidden and Haunted Tour" and had a great tourguide in a tall young guy named Craig, who had a great sense of humor. The tour took us down a stairway into the underground catacombs off South Bridge Street.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next