Waking up in Scotland was perfection. Our apartment was a dream – beautiful hardwood floors, a stylish décor, and a picturesque view of the Edinburgh castle. I absolutely loved it! We quickly got ready and walked out into a bustling, beautiful city. There were so many places to choose from to eat at – all within close walking distance. Andy made quick work choosing a place and we bounded on in, excited to begin our day of adventuring.
It was Andy’s turn to order an Eggs Benedict – though this one had shredded pork – and I ordered porridge and a scone. I have to stop and say that my Scottish porridge was completely excellent.
After breakfast we quickly walked to the Edinburgh castle. That was amazing! Andy and I opted out of purchasing the guided audio tour and, instead, decided that we wanted to just walk around the castle and discover things naturally. We walked through all the rooms, both prisons, saw the guns, St. Margaret’s Chapel, the Great Hall, the crown jewels, the memorial – it was extraordinary. The prisons, however, gave me an overwhelming sense of sadness. They were staged cutely, but no amount of commercialization can erase the amount of pain I imagine those walls have seen.
From there, we went to Camera Obscura – definitely more Andy’s bag than mine. Camera Obscura has several floors of optical illusion type things and I was not having it. I’ve never been a huge fan of optical illusions and I couldn’t participate in the majority of things on the light floor due to my epilepsy. The light floor had a mirror maze room with flashing lights and a spinning vortex light tunnel. I didn’t even attempt the mirror maze, but I took two steps into the tunnel before feeling instantly dizzy and sick, and stepping out.
The very top floor of Camera Obscura was really neat though. It was a rooftop view of the city – with a show at the end revealing that there are several cameras/mirrors placed around the city reflecting what is currently going on. There is even one at the castle – meaning that people that were at Camera Obscura earlier that very day may have seen Andy and I walking around the castle grounds – crazy!
From there we walked along the Royal Mile and eventually ducked into a shop – where we spent entirely too much money. We bought a Scottish wool blanket and scarf and a wool cap that Andy looks absolutely adorable in – he also proceeded to wear that cap the rest of the honeymoon.
We were starving after all that touristy adventure, so we slid into a nearby restaurant. There, I tried a meat pie – which was fantastic – and a Scottish gin – also fantastic. Andy went with fish and chips.
After eating, we took our expensive wares and went back to the apartment. We wore ourselves out and, with it being so cold, I was actually starting to feel a bit ill. I also wore the wrong shoes for a long day of walking on cobblestone streets and up and down stone stairways and walkways – and, by the time we made it back to the apartment, my left foot was nicely bruised. I was ready to cuddle up a bit and enjoy more adventure the next day.
Andy, however, was in go-mode! He LOVED Scotland and still wanted to see Dean’s Village – which was a bit of a walk away. So, I took a Claritin, changed my shoes, and walked into the living room to find him crashed out on the couch. HA!
I curled up next to him with our new blanket, a bit relieved to not get out in the cold again with the beginnings of a sore throat. About 45min to an hour later, the man wakes up ready to go! No joke! I had already taken my shoes back off and was dozing – and, by this time, it was dark!
He was so excited about it that I put my shoes back on and rallied. I bundled my new wool scarf up around my throat and went out into the night with my husband. The walk was pretty, and we saw some interesting things along the way, but we never actually made it to Dean’s Village. It was just too dark to see the entrance. We did see Dean’s Bridge and the water and the little town or flats surrounding Dean’s Village.
On the way back, we crossed through an old graveyard with gravestones from 1840-1850. This was wildly cool to visit at night – and the graveyard had an incredible view of the castle. Honestly, though I wasn’t feeling my best, getting out and about just to see more of this amazing city was truly worth it.