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Edinburgh trip report - early April 2012 - Day 4 - Hill Walking So on this day I struck out from Edinburgh proper and took MacEwan’s Coach service to Flotterstone in order to walk the path to the summit of Scald Law. If anyone is reading this in the future looking for info on MacEwans - despite the fact that they have zero internet presence - as of April 2012 they do exist and www.traveline.com seems to have their route info correct. Their buses are a bit - vintage - and my morning driver was a bit - colorful - but I made it there and back completely safely. The fare was only £1.50 return and the bus stop was right across from the info center as well as the Flotterstone Inn. That’s the good news. The slightly less good news is that this is absolutely all that is there. Don’t make this journey expecting to add anything on to this activity of hill walking other than a (relatively) good meal or a drink. The Inn starts serving lunch at noon, but there were people in there ahead of me in the bar so they may serve drinks earlier. Read more )
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
Edinburgh trip report - early April 2012 - Day 4 - Hill Walking So on this day I struck out from Edinburgh proper and took MacEwan’s Coach service to Flotterstone in order to walk the path to the summit of Scald Law. If anyone is reading this in the future looking for info on MacEwans - despite the fact that they have zero internet presence - as of April 2012 they do exist and www.traveline.com seems to have their route info correct. Their buses are a bit - vintage - and my morning driver was a bit - colorful - but I made it there and back completely safely. The fare was only £1.50 return and the bus stop was right across from the info center as well as the Flotterstone Inn. That’s the good news. The slightly less good news is that this is absolutely all that is there. Don’t make this journey expecting to add anything on to this activity of hill walking other than a (relatively) good meal or a drink. The Inn starts serving lunch at noon, but there were people in there ahead of me in the bar so they may serve drinks earlier. Read more )
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After an additional three hours of jet lag occurring in the middle of the night, I got up on Day 2 with some vague plan of breakfast, the Surgeons’ Hall Museum - for their Conan Doyle exhibit - and then ‘something outside’. Well, after a bleary shower I realized - the Sun was out! So I hightailed it out the door and tried to make it up Calton Hill to take advantage of it.

Calton was my first thought because the second time I got lost the day before I happened to stumble across the entrance. Yup, it appears that it is a pet hill as it is contained by walls and has an entrance. So, I can prove that the sun was in fact brilliant. See below.

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impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
After an additional three hours of jet lag occurring in the middle of the night, I got up on Day 2 with some vague plan of breakfast, the Surgeons’ Hall Museum - for their Conan Doyle exhibit - and then ‘something outside’. Well, after a bleary shower I realized - the Sun was out! So I hightailed it out the door and tried to make it up Calton Hill to take advantage of it.

Calton was my first thought because the second time I got lost the day before I happened to stumble across the entrance. Yup, it appears that it is a pet hill as it is contained by walls and has an entrance. So, I can prove that the sun was in fact brilliant. See below.

Read more )
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This concept is where our friends who live in Scotland, Ireland, and England have got it completely right. A pot of tea, lovingly providing me with two and a half cups of delightfully aromatic nectar, each of which I must be careful to fully blow cool before I begin sipping - I did actually typo that as shipping the first time - absolutely seduces me into taking a leisurely break with it. In america my paramour would be a bottled beverage, easily capped and taken along for the ride - the little tart.

And the loveliness of a scone! How can I possibly do this justice? Carefully cut in two, butter first, then jam carefully applied; the best lover striving mightily to carefully apportion exactly equally these tokens of love between halves. There is no possible american equivalent, our toast comes pre-buttered - as if it has been cheating on us.

Tea, I love you.

Scone, I adore you with a passion despite knowing how many calories you contain.

Love,
impulsereader
impulsereader: (Edinburgh map)
This concept is where our friends who live in Scotland, Ireland, and England have got it completely right. A pot of tea, lovingly providing me with two and a half cups of delightfully aromatic nectar, each of which I must be careful to fully blow cool before I begin sipping - I did actually typo that as shipping the first time - absolutely seduces me into taking a leisurely break with it. In america my paramour would be a bottled beverage, easily capped and taken along for the ride - the little tart.

And the loveliness of a scone! How can I possibly do this justice? Carefully cut in two, butter first, then jam carefully applied; the best lover striving mightily to carefully apportion exactly equally these tokens of love between halves. There is no possible american equivalent, our toast comes pre-buttered - as if it has been cheating on us.

Tea, I love you.

Scone, I adore you with a passion despite knowing how many calories you contain.

Love,
impulsereader

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