As I mentioned in my last post, after our three super-intense sightseeing days in St. Andrews, Edinburgh and North Berwick, we opted for a more leisurely day on Friday as opposed to getting up early and taking the train to Stirling for more castle exploration. Instead, we slept in a little bit, then went out to breakfast at a little place called Gourmet Grub on Rose Street, a very cute street in New Town with lots of restaurants and pubs. Eric had a full Scottish breakfast (which included baked beans this time!), and I had scrambled eggs and bacon on biscuits, which was served with a side salad! A side salad for breakfast? Interesting.
Eric's breakfast: black pudding, potatoes, tomatoes, fried egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and baked beans
We just sort of killed time until dinner, which was very late! We had dinner that night at The Witchery, right by the castle. We knew we needed reservations, so we tried to make a reservation when we woke up Friday for between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. However, the earliest we could get a reservation was 10:00 p.m.! Can you believe that?! But, we had really wanted to eat at this place, so we did it.
Thanks to the romantic candlelight, you will be spared pictures of our food, but not the description! We of course started with a bottle of wine. For appetizers, Eric had the haggis, neeps and tatties, and I had the most incredible scallops with red mullet tempura and passion fruit beurre blanc. For the main course, Eric had the fillet of Scotch beef with green beans and dauphine potatoes. I had organic salmon wrapped in potato with roast chicory, parsley and lemon oil. For dessert, we split a honey heather parfait with fresh strawberries. YUM. It was a delicious dinner!
Eric at our candlelight dinner (you can't make it out, but he is wearing a Baird tartan tie he bought as a souvenir! He looks so handsome in it.)
When we returned to the hotel, we started packing up then went to bed as soon as we could - when dinner starts at 10:00, you tend to get to bed pretty late!
DAY 12: Saturday, July 18, 2009
We got up and checked out of the hotel around 8:00 a.m., then walked a couple blocks to pick up the bus to the airport. We had no trouble getting checked in and to our gate with plenty of time to spend our last British pounds on snacks for the flight. Our flight departed around 10:55 a.m., and by 1:30 p.m. New York time we were back in the States. Just like that, our wonderful trip had come to an end!
reminder still applies: there are TONS of Edinburgh pictures (from both days) on MyLifeAsALawyersWife.Shutterfly.com. I have not had time to caption them yet, and won't get a chance to do so until next week when Megan leaves, but they're up there if you want to check them out and guess what things are!
Thank you so much for bearing with me as I relived our trip. I cannot even describe what an incredible experience it was. Everything was just even better than I expected - from sightseeing in Budapest, to the most fun wedding ever, to gorgeous St. Andrews, to busy Edinburgh, to scenic North Berwick. Every single thing far exceeded my expectations. We are so lucky to have had this experience.
And now we've been hit with the travel bug! The only question is: where to go next? Time will tell!