As I thought, yesterday’s low weight was a wossname, but I’m still lighter than before I went to Wales, so it’s not so bad.
I took myself to Edinburgh today. This wasn’t exactly planned – I just went to the station and decided where to go when I got there, based on how long to wait for a train, and what time I’d get there. This may sound a bit random, but it works for me.
It looked like a nice day here, but as the train moved north, it got duller and greyer. Indeed, it started to rain as I reached the Castle area. I’d dithered about going into the castle, given the posted entry fee of £16.50, and the queue for the ticket office. But then I saw a lovely thing: a sign suggesting that English Heritage members should just pop into the visitor information office and get a ticket there. So I did, for the much nicer price of free. Yay, etc.
I had a good wander around the castle – it helped that the rain decided to stop almost immediately. I enjoyed the hazy view from the battlements, the Scottish Crown Jewels, and more. Now I know it’s free, I’ll make a point of popping in for a quick look next time I’m in the area.
As usual in Edinburgh, I stopped for lunch at the lovely St Giles Cafe Bar on St Giles Street, just off the Royal Mile, where I had my usual – their house special. This is the St Giles Waffle, a quite wonderful creation consisting of a warm waffle (nice) topped with bacon (always a good move) and Brie (melting nicely), with some cherry tomatoes (juicy) and salad leaves, drizzled with maple syrup (tasty). A lovely combination which is almost worth the trip on its own.
I then wandered a bit more, stopping to say hello to Greyfriars Bobby:
OK, let’s take a closer look – this is a cropped version of the photo above:
After a we bit more wandering, my legs told me they were about to drop off, so I headed back to the station and got the next train to Newcastle.