Two very short
days at the end of a 2 week cruise in the Baltic Sea were spent in the wonderful city of
Edinburgh and a short trip north. The cruise took us first to Helsinki, then to St
Petersburg, then to Tallinn in Estonia, Gdansk in Poland, up to Stockholm, down to
Copenhagen, then on to 2 stops in Norway. The first photo is our ship being humbled
by the fjords at Gudvengen, Norway.
On July 27, 1996
we arrived in Leith, Scotland. We had a bus tour of Edinburgh, with a stop at the
Palace of Holyroodhouse, then Holyrood Abbey ruins.
were dropped off to tour Edinburgh Castle. The view from the castle looking northeast
(I think) with a view of Princes St, middle left in photo. In the afternoon we
checked into our hotel, the beautiful old Caledonia Hotel on Lothian Road, near Princes
St. I loved it. The ceilings in the rooms are very high, the bathrooms are
huge as is the furniture. My sister & I left our bathroom window open and on our
return we saw that a pigeon had visited us!! The hotel served a very nice
|Sunday morning my
sister and I woke early to have an early stroll in the city north of our hotel. We
were out by 6 am & the town seemed to still be sleeping. For the business during
the day, the early Sunday morning was very quiet & added somewhat to the age old
feeling. Later in the morning we had a hired car & driver take us north to St
Andrews. My father being with us, and an avid golfer, wanted to show us the golf
course!! Our driver was quite a character, entertaining us with tales, although he
admitted to being Irish!! We drove through a town where we had to stop for a group
of pipers passing by who were opening the Highland Games the next day
We stopped in the
quaint old town of Falkland, where our driver must have had a connection with the owner of
Kind Kyttocks Kitchen where we were treated to a wonderful tea & scones!! We
walked around there a bit where I saw the street I'd love to live on.
Onward to St Andrews, where we saw the impressive
sight of the golf course.
got back to Edinburgh in the afternoon, then strolled along Princes St, did a little
shopping, then we walked down around the castle to that end of The Royal Mile.
Needless to say, our stay in Edinburgh and Scotland was too short. But it whetted my
appetite for a much longer stay.
We left early Monday morning
to visit some friends in Godelming, England & a few days in London. It was a very
wonderful trip, one I would recommend to anyone!!