As we board the train to Durham tomorrow, we will say goodbye to Edinburgh. We have thoroughly enjoyed the city and our neighborhood. Many of you have expressed an interest in seeing where we’ve been living during the month of September. Our Air BnB apartment was near the Royal Botanic Garden. The two-bedroom apartment was perfect for our needs. You can view the interior by going on Air BnB. It’s described as “2 Bedroom Flat with a lovely view”. It looked out over the Warriston playing fields, which were filled with young soccer players every Saturday morning. We had a great view of Calton Hill and its unfinished National Monument. The monument was intended to be another Parthenon, but work was stopped in 1829 for lack of money. Three major bus routes stopped at the Botanic Gardens less than a block from our apartment. We purchased bus passes and could travel all over Edinburgh within a few minutes. A short walk to the local Tesco provided a variety of snacks and groceries.
Our neighborhood offered an eclectic mix of nearby restaurants. Among our favorites were the local Pub, Orchard’s Bar; DiGiorgio, a tiny Italian place with lots of atmosphere and great food; Loon Fung, a Chinese restaurant run by a man from Hong Kong and his wife; and Hector’s in Stockbridge, our favorite place for Sunday Roast (we loved the lamb and Yorkshire pudding). We shopped the Sunday market in Stockbridge and purchased home-made conserve from one of the vendors and a delicious chicken liver pate from another.
The Scot’s aren’t particularly jovial, but we found them friendly and courteous and usually efficient. The city of Edinburgh offers the best of both worlds, an historic medieval Old Town, and a bustling modern New Town filled with interesting shops and upscale stores. Our favorite store was Jenner’s, a Scottish version of Nordstrom with loads of atmosphere, located right on Prince’s Street. Boots Pharmacy, the Scottish version of CVS, carried many of the same brands we find in the U.S. I bought a new rain jacket at The North Face and a nice winter coat at Barbour on Frederick Street. Buddy is wearing new boots from Jenner’s. We weren’t tempted to shop for too much since our luggage space is limited.