My Week – 12th December

I did wonder about the sense of visiting Edinburgh this close to Christmas. There is still such a great deal to do at home. However, the chance to meet up again with Alexander McCall Smith (Sandy to those who know him!) was too good an opportunity to miss!

As you may already know, Sandy has agreed to support 100WC by writing a forward to my book (I need to get it written!) and by providing some signed books for prizes. As you can see, he is a lovely chap.

Edinburgh has a castle that sits high on a hill. It doesn’t look like a castle from this angle, more like a large house but it is full of armoury and lots of history. The snow made the views a little bit special although when it became slushy, it was a bit slippery under foot which was a bit scary. We stayed in an amazing hotel room which I will write about later but we did treat ourselves to breakfast the first morning. As you can see, it was very generous and I certainly couldn’t finish it so we decided not to have the hotel breakfast for the rest of the trip. We prefer to have brunch rather than something first thing so breakfast can be tricky.

Hubby has always had an interest in quirky pubs and we found the smallest one in Scotland. It was at the bottom of a steep set of steps. There are lots of alley ways like this in Edinburgh, all with a story to tell. We had a bowl of Cullen Skink which is a thick broth made of smoked fish. It was delicious – anyone had some?

Our trip was full of lights, snow and preparations for Christmas. Have you visited Scotland’s capital city? What are your memories?




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