When In Neoclassical Capital of Scotland: Edinburgh

Our next destination was the city famous for its stone-like structures! The city itself is known as the Stone of Destiny!

Let me take you on a tour of this beautiful city of Edinburgh, and this might also calm your curiosity of how to spend a day in the city of Edinburgh.

As we reached Edinburgh, we first met our host in Haymarket (a wonderful attraction of Edinburgh) who treated our palates with amazing Indian food, the traditional dal chawal! Oh what lunch, a saying came to my mind after that, “A girl can leave India, but India will never leave a girl!” That was exactly the scenario. Anyways,  after having the most wonderful traditional lunch we headed out to explore the city of Edinburgh!

We first went to the Edinburgh Castle, which is located on a small hill, much above the skyline of the entire city. We noticed on the way to our castle, that there were a lot of people and a lot of police on the streets. We found it unusual even for a city like Edinburgh. So after we parked our car while walking towards the castle we asked a kind policeman about the situation. On conversing with the policeman we found out that there was a concert, which is about to start in the premises of the castle. So we hurried up the stairs to see, if we could still go inside the castle. Just outside the castle gates, the government of Edinburgh has built a stadium like structure where people can attend concerts and other events! Which I thought was quite clever.

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When we reached the entrance of the castle, we saw the mighty stage which was set-up for the concert. Also, we caught a glimpse of the band which was going to perform, rehearsing they were known as “Il Divo”, never heard of them, but they sounded very good. Though they were setting up for the concert, the tourist were allowed to go inside the castle and visit. So we did that, there is only a certain distance you can go to without a ticket, after that you need a ticket. So we did not buy a ticket and went till where it was allowed without a ticket. We did not have much time and it was already evening time so we passed. If you have time and want to visit the Castle, you certainly can.

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Attached to the Castle is the Royal Mile. The Royal Mile is One mile long streets, forming the main street of the Old Town. This street ends near the ocean. The street is filled with all the major points of attraction in the city of Edinburgh. So if you start walking down on this street you will find everything! Along the streets are numerous eating joints, souvenirs shops and much more! Weather, permitting you can spend all day on this street!

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When you go further down the street you can find St. Giles Cathedral which is a wonder in itself! Along the street there are numerous street artists that are constantly entertaining with some or the other twists and turns, its a great fun to watch!

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Just parallel to the Royal Mile is the Princes Street. This street is famous for shopping, name a brand and it is there, don’t name a brand that is also there! Want to shop head to the Princes Street!

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We were very very tired of walking from the Royal Street to the Princes Street, and now we were ready to head back, but the biggest obstacle in front of us was how to go back to the car! We did not want to walk all the way back because it was quite a distance, we could see the castle from Princes Street but did not know how to take a short cut! Stuck with the decision on what to do we decided to take the part less known. And boy, am i glad we took that path!

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When on the path, we entered a beautiful garden, I have no idea, if google enlists it on the attractions of Edinburgh, but it was worth a look! We were tired so to give our legs a little bit of rest we stopped on a bench and attempted to sleep, but thanks to the rains, we did not have it in our destiny. So we started walking further, it was raining but not so much, and thank the heavens, we reached our car without getting drenched.

After reaching the car we headed out to the ocean and spent sometime there before heading back home.

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We also visited the University of Edinburgh, just a drive through, and the Holyrood Palace, which we visited on the last day of Edinburgh. The Holyrood Palace, is a palace for the Queen of England, its known that this Palace is her favorite place to stay in.

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When In The Picturesque, Lake District!

After experiencing the Vibrant London and on the road attractions, we headed to a more quieter place with less hustle- bustle into the district of lakes. Lake District is called so because it houses Sixteen absolutely jaw-dropping Lakes!

Packed and on the road we hopped on the Euston London to Oxenholme. We had to catch a train from Oxenholme to Windermere, and from there starts our self-drive adventures.

Tip: So if you are traveling from Virgin Trains to Oxenholme and you have a connecting train to catch, chances are that it might get late and you might miss the connecting train. But you don’t have to worry because there are trains from one stop to another quite often and the ticket is valid for the next train as well, but it works if you are traveling on the same date. (From my experience)

Once in Windermere, the town is small, not that small but relatively small, we walked down from the train station to our lodging. A beautiful sunny day with a little cloud over our heads we reached the lodging with our bags. “The Grey Wall” as the name suggests the walls were grey which gave a vintage English feel of the place. Basically our lodge was a pub and the rooms were a floor up.

We all had lunch in the Pub because we were to tired to go anywhere. After a delicious lunch we headed out for a drive to Ullster our very first lake!

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Drive To Ullster
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The Ullster Lake

After returning we headed to our rooms, freshened up and got dressed for the night. Okay, now the thing is, the FIFA World Cup going on so the Pub was full with people, and it was England who was playing. And there I witnessed the typical English sports culture, where people had drinks in one hand and celebrated every goal the team made! I was absolutely glad to witness this proper culture!

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Lake Windemere

After everyone was dressed we headed out to the Lake. And oh, the whole town was DEAD silent. Whatever noise came, came from the pubs around the lake. We spent some time on the lake and then suddenly saw people coming out on the streets, which indicated that the match was over. Though there were people on the streets, still the town seemed DEAD silent. Then I realised England must have lost, and it had!

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Another Shot of the Lake

Up on our feets the next day we headed out to explore the picturesque Lake District early! Our first stop was Grasmere, as “The Grey Wall” did not give us breakfast we decided to have it there. On the way to Grasmere we saw a lake called Rydal, which was absolutely beautiful, seldom did we know hat it was just the beginning for many more awe-striking lakes to come.

Reaching Grasmere did not take very long. When we reached, everything was close. We were quite hungry and were looking for breakfast. So we parked our car a little outside the town of Grasmere and started walking into the town. We crossed the beautiful Dove Cottage on our way to the town, but did not go inside. There was a very cute place which was about to open, so while we waited for it to open, we talked to a complete stranger duo of father and son, and on talking to them we came to know that the World’s Best Gingerbread is just a few meters away. So we walked to the shop, it was a vintage shop that had absolutely delicious homemade Gingerbread, the shop was known as “Grasmere Gingerbread”. Just beside that shop was the Wordsworth Garden, so we walked through the gates and witnessed the place where William Wordsworth came to write.

After sometime we headed to the breakfast place and had a typical English breakfast, which included, scones, tea, salmon, eggs and toast! And trust me this breakfast was quite heavy!

Tip: Salmon that they serve are usefully boiled, which according to your palate might not taste very good. But the people of UK are very customer friendly, so if you request them to bake them or fry them, they will be happy to do it!

On the road again we were now headed to Keswick where we planned to have our lunch. The roadside attractions made us stop every time! An extremely notable stop was the one we made on Thirlmere lake. There was a small 20 minutes hike on the lake which we took and enjoyed the amazing view from the top.

After experiencing the beautiful drive, we finally reached the city of Keswick! Just near where we parked was an amazing flee market. We walked along the market and to the Derwenwater, which by the way was quite a walk! The walk was not tiring and we got to see almost the whole town. Along the walk way was a beautiful garden and when we finally reached the lake, oh my, what a view! The mighty lake had a nice mountain range on the other side and a land which was accessible to people where they could sit and enjoy the view, but we all napped!

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The Keswick Flea Market
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The Derwenwater Lake

After waking up, we realised to start back on the road, and we were not hungry so ice-cream became our lunch! On the road again we wanted to take a circle of the while Lake District through scenic route, but we got lost in way too many places. So we decided to enjoy the lost route. On that route we saw multiple lake namely, Bassenwaithe, Grummock Lake which is considered one of the most beautiful lake and the last one was Buttermere.

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After enjoying the most confusing and re-routed route ever, we headed back to Windermere, where we took a boat ride, we were lucky enough to get the last one! We ended our day by eating at a restaurant named Pizzeria and headed home early to pack!


 

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