I am not a beach holiday kind of a girl. I don’t like being too hot and find lying about toasting myself frankly a bit dull. Give me a city any day of the week! We already have a grown up only trip to New York pencilled in for a couple of years time when my other half turns fifty, but I also have a list of places closer to home that I would love to sneak in a weekend visit to. Top of that list is Edinburgh with it’s beautiful architecture and lively cultural scene.
Edinburgh is most famous for it’s festival, and I would love to go one year, to see a whole range of performances from across the whole artistic board. Culture in the city doesn’t only take place in August though, there is a huge array of events throughout the year to satisfy all tastes – I would LOVE to see one of my big heroes, Stephen Fry, at the Festival Theatre next week. He is giving sneak preview of his new book, More Fool Me, a heady tale of the late eighties and early nineties in which Stephen burned bright and partied hard and damned the consequences! To sit and listen to his comedic ramblings in a world class venue would be a perfect night out for me.
For accommodation, The Holiday Inn Edinburgh is situated half way between the airport and the city centre – which would be convenient for us if we were flying in- and is right next to the Zoo. The Holiday Inn Edinburgh City West is 2 minutes from the Castle – another must see attraction. Both hotels offer parking and have regular bus services direct into the heart of the city, and are good for families as kids stay free – bonus!
There is plenty of things to see in do in Edinburgh. If I had the kids with me, then a trip to Edinburgh Zoo to see the Pandas would be high on the list, followed by a visit to the Museum of Childhood. If I had managed to sneak away without them I would be visiting the Gallery of Modern Art then going on a whisky tour.
As someone who lives in a small town, a visit to a city is also a chance to shop. I prefer independent quirky shops to chains, and Grassmarket and the surrounding streets come recommended for the range of indie shops selling everything from designer and vintage fashion to artisan foods.
I love old buildings, and Edinburgh has some stunning architecture meaning I would be happy to potter around the streets taking it all in, with the occasional pub pit stop of course. I would love to visit The Real Mary Kings Close, a warren of underground streets and spaces that has been frozen in time since the 17th century. It is rumoured to be haunted, and while I am far too sensible to be an out and out ghost hunter I do like being spooked – which means I also fancy doing the Ghost Walk that takes you into the Blair Street Vaults.
All that scary stuff will mean I will be in need of a drink and some light relief, which for me comes in the form of live music in a good pub. Edinburgh has some fabulous looking bars and clubs – loving the look of Bannerman’s which is situated in the in the vaulted caves of the historical Old Town and has live music 6 nights a week.
Have you been? What were your must sees?
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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