We were invited to the Christmas Party of the village women's group. The night started with a delicious meal of ham, turkey, beets, bread, qeiche, trifle (made with brandy, but it's just a trifle), and cakes. After the meal one of the local characters presented a slide show about Wales. Very well done. Following the slide show was a Mary Poppins parody put on by the ladies. It included all the characters of the movie including some very scary penquins. Hilarious. The night finished with Carolyn winning some hummy Cadbury chocolates in a raffle. A night to remember.
The trip to Scotland began with a beautiful train ride. The last 175 miles was at the speed of 125 miles per hour. The rail system is definitely the way to travel here, especially for those of us who drive on the wrong side of the road. Edinburgh is a city of about half a million and I think most of them were on the street we came out on from the train station. We stayed at the Travel Lodge in a room overlooking Prince's Street where most of the action is. Prominent on the horizon is the Castle of Edinburgh.
The first night we spent most of our time at the Christmas Market. This included an extremely large area of merchanise and food booths. I especially liked the Laflafa wrap cooked up by a young couple from Israel. Along with the booths there were assorted amusement rides.
The second day we spent riding the tour bus and visiting some historic sights. The Edinburgh Castle dates back 700 years. It's mass guards over the City of Edinburgh and can be seen from most places in the city. After the castle we visited the Holyroodhouse Palace. This historic home is where the Queen of England spends her summers. Royalty has called the palance home for centuries.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city with spectacular architecture. It has been the capital of Scotland for 400 years. As a history nerd I thought I was in history heaven.
I know I could have gone into more detail of our trip, but perhaps the pictures on the 'England' page of hendersonbaptist.net will help. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.