Edinburgh in winter

Edinburgh is great year round but I would say that it’s best in winter. For me it boils down to three things: tourists, weather and events. Take tourists. Please. I’m not a fan of crowds and in summer Edinburgh is just swamped by tourists. I get it. Edinburgh is amazing and most people prefer to…

Edinburgh Hogmanay, part two

And then it was New Year’s Eve. The year went so fast! But what an amazing year! During 2017 I finished my Grand Adventure, travelling in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and China, got home on a container ship from China, found my new home in Edinburgh, traveled some more in Scotland, finished the first draft…

Edinburgh Hogmanay, part one

Edinburgh knows how to celebrate New Year, or as it is called here, Hogmanay. For centuries Scotland didn’t really celebrate Christmas, as it was banned and actively discouraged by the church, so they put their energy into the end of year celebrations. They are just fabulous. I had a friend staying over the New Year…

Edinburgh’s Ice Adventure

No, not a particularly cold day in Edinburgh, but a fabulous ice sculpture exhibition on George Street that we visited a few days ago. This icy adventure was part of the Christmas happenings in town. I must say it was especially satisfying as I got a 20 % reduction as an Edinburgh resident. Score! The…

Christmas at the Botanic Gardens

Edinburgh is full of lovely winter and Christmas activities. Yesterday we visited the Royal Botanic Gardens to see their outdoor after-dark light trail that wound around the gardens. We booked our tickets for the first show in the eveing, at 4:40 pm, in advance and got their a bit early. ‘Tis the Finnish way. Darkness…

Trinity House and Edinburgh’s maritime past

If you have followed my blog, you know I love ships and the ocean. So when the Trinity House opened its doors as part of the advent activities in Edinburgh, I just had to visit. The building is available to visit normally only by appointment and is located, naturally enough, near Port of Leith, in…

Edinburgh preps for Christmas

For weeks there have been signs that Christmas was coming to Edinburgh. Stores and streets have added festive lights, the air has been getting colder and most of Princes Street Gardens have been taken up by the now opened Christmas market. But there were two events recently that I happened on that properly marked the…

Linlithgow Palace

When I started writing this blog post of my recent visit to Linlithgow Palace, I paused to wonder why it was a “palace” and not a “castle”. What is the difference? Google to the rescue! According to this post, castles’ main objective was to be a fortification in preparation for battle, whereas palaces were purpose…

A glimpse into the history of Edinburgh

When I visited Calton Hill the other day, I saw a photo of a drawing in the little exhibition in Nelson’s Column that piqued my interest. It sent me on a nice little diversion, which I had intended to include in my blog post about the hill but the post got too long. So I…

Edinburgh peaks: Calton Hill

You know, they really should re-name it to Carlton Hill, as that is what I keep typing. That said, Calton Hill is one of the main peaks in Edinburgh, with two remnants of extinct volcanoes,¬†Arthur’s Seat and Castle Hill. I will likely write a separate post about Salisbury Crags someday even thought it is part…