Field of Dreams: if you build it, they will come!

News from North Britain
December 17, 2013, 11:49 am
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Marilyn and I have just spent the weekend in Edinburgh, a fine city not familiar to us before. Normally at this time of year we like to visit one of the German cities for the Christmas Markets, but I have to say that the German Market in Edinburgh this year is the best I have ever seen outside Germany. Despite some rather wet weather, the crowds thronged the stalls, sipping their Gluwein and munching their Bratwurst. Splendid!

We nearly got blown off the Castle on Saturday afternoon, the winds were so strong, but we were able to see the beautiful wee chapel of St Margaret, as well as the Honours of Scotland, of which the Sword of State and the Crown were actually given to the Kings of Scotland by Popes Julius and (I think) Clement. Who knows, we may yet see a separate Coronation for a Scottish monarch!

St Giles Cathedral is a fine building, but lacks spiritual atmosphere: on Sunday we attended the Mass at St Mary’s metropolitan Cathedral, where the choir sang parts of Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass. At Howie’s Restaurant afterwards I had cullen skink for the first time, and a venison burger.

The final highlight of the trip, on Monday morning, was the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, with pictures spanning Scottish history from Mary Queen of Scots down to Ronnie Corbett. A last Brastwurst and Schwartzbier, then home to Bristol by EasyJet.


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