The Riding the Marches

It was a glorious Sunday when I made my way to town to watch the annual Riding of the Marches. The event has existed for centuries, and in present form commemorates the Captain of the City Band (!) riding his horse to Edinburgh in 1513 to announce the news of the loss at Flodden Fields.…

Edinburgh peaks: Arthur’s Seat

Start with the highest, work your way down, right? I was on my way to a vintage fair that turned out to be the next day, and on my roundabout way back home I first saw St Anthony’s chapel ruins behind a little loch and decided to climb it. I just saw the ruin peaking…

Visiting Holyrood Palace

To my dismay, I had missed seeing the Queen leave Holyrood in the first few days in Edinburgh. Her maj had been in Holyrood for the Royal Week as she does every year, and when I eventually went to have a peak at the palace I heard that ma’am had left the previous day. Oh…

A day at Edinburgh zoo

We were in a mood for adorable critters so we headed to the Edinburgh Zoo. The weather was perfect: breezy, occasionally cloudy and not too hot. We took bus #12 directly to a stop just outside the zoo and paid our entrance fees. At 20 GBP for an adult, it is rather steep. However, Edinburgh…

Visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia

Did you know that the British royal family has had 83 royal yachts they have used for their state visits around the world since 1660? Me neither. The last in line, the Britannia, was built in 1954 and was in use by the queen and the royal family until 1997. Since then it has been…

Flat hunting in Edinburgh

It’s always exciting to search for your new home. In Edinburgh, as I will work from home (writing my first book!) I can look for a place anywhere. I do want to be within a half an hour’s walk from the center but that leaves the field wide open into every direction. Each area has…

Excited in Edinburgh

After almost three weeks from my return to the UK I finally made it to Edinburgh, my chosen home town to be. And I couldn’t be happier! Of old, I knew there was a night train from London to Edinburgh but I preferred to travel by day this time. Somehow I just felt like I…