I think the best thing to do is share some of my pictures of the weekend instead of rambling on for days about it..because I really am enthusiastic about just how much I looove Edinburgh...
View from an open top bus,the tour was really interesting but We were distracted by it been a bit too cold!!
I spotted this rather handsme chap on the front of Jenners department store.
We couldn't resist the vintage bus for our guided tour.
These were dotted all over the city centre much to Evie's delight!
I was absolutely fascinated by the names of some of the tall narrow closes that used to house people in their thousands.
The obligatory piper...one of literally hundreds We saw and heard over the weekend!
This scary looking but incredibly pleasant lady is the worlds most pierced person, currently she has 6962 piercings...ouch!!
We also visited the Edinburgh Dungeon where a roaming cannibal called Evie 'Snack Size' much to her consternation and our amusement.
And We visited an amazing place called The Real Mary Kings Close...We had an underground tour there of what was once the lower houses of some of the tall tenement buildings in the 16th and 17th centuries..it was all originally open to the skies and home to many thousands of people who lived in terribly squalid conditions.
At one point in the 17th century the plague swept through the area like wildfire...legend has it that Edinburghs plague victims were bricked up inside their homes and left to die from either the plague or starvation, but the guide on this tour was quick to reassure us that it was nothing but an urban myth albeit a very old one!
Apparently families with the plague hung a white rag from a window and stayed indoors, in return for not going outside and passing the illness on to more people they were provided with bread,ale and wine for nourishment!
Unfortunates who died had their homes disinfected and everything burned by special employees of the crown known as 'Foul Clengers'....
Incase you're wondering why the street is named after Mary King..it is because in the mid 17th century Mary King was a prominent business woman, her husband had died and she became a Burgess..she voted in his place and had a say in city matters...for a woman to rise to such prominence back then was a rare occurence so naming a street after her is probably only a little bit of recognition for what she stood for!
I could ramble on and on and on about this forever as it interests me so much.
But I wont..if you've never been to Edinburgh and you have the chance to go..GO!!
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.