A charming city: Edinburgh
I went to Edinburgh for the Easter break, with Amandine again! We expected to stay for 2 days and one night but it wasn't what it happened.
We left Lancaster by the railway at 8:40am to arrive in Edinburgh at 10:20, in order to enjoy the full day in there.
When we arrived in the city, the weather was very sunny, however the temperature was still cold. We went to the hostel we booked for. It was actually at five minutes by walk but it took more time to find it. Indeed the address was "Palmerston place" so we were expected to see the hostel located around a place. But it wasn't the case, the hostel was just situated in a street. 0o
The check in started from 2pm, we could only put our luggages in a locked room in the hostel. So we were free to visit the city the whole day without being embarassed with it.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city, buildings are very nice, streets are wide and as we arrived on Thursday, they weren't so busy. I really enjoyed walking through the streets of Edinburgh.
The first day we visited the St MARY's Cathedral and the castle. It was nice but I was a little bit disappointed to have paid 16 pounds to just see the court of the castle. There did be a museum and a room dedicated to the history of the prison. But I expected to visit some rooms in the castle to see how the bedroom, the bathroom, or the throne hall were! And I was surprised to see a cemetery for dogs within the castle!
However, the castle provided a magnificent view of the city of Edinburgh, the seaside and the mountain side. And obviously it is always impressive to be able to walk through a building which served long ago of stronghold in the Fierce Iron Age, home of Royalty, and Army headquarters. Indeed its location on a great rock is a perfect strategic location.
Views from the Castle
For noon, we ate a fish and chips in a lovely restaurant with a carpeted floor. We paid more the place than the meal in fact... ^^
Later in the afternoon, we got lost while searching the beach and we went back to the hostel without having found it.
The hostel was a really nice place and I found the staff friendly and helpful. We slept in a dormatory of 8 beds for females. But actually we were only 6 girls in it.
The second day, we did shopping, and finally managed to find the beach!! :)
We were so happy to see the seaside that we forgot the time and missed the train we were supposed to take. Unfortunately it was the latest train for the day.
So we had to sleep one more night to get a train the day after. But, the hostel where we slept the night before was over booked, so there wasn't any vacancy in it. And we had to sleep in another hostel, in a mix dormatory of 36 people. We were only 3 girls in it (Me, Amandine and another girl we didn't know), the others were boys... (cannot describe the smell in this room!)
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