Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Our Flat

So we arrived in London early in the morning. Of course the key wasn't at the office, so we had to wait a bit, after a long hard night. (We couldn't figure out how to recline our bus seats and slept really poorly.)

Eventually we were able to get our luggage over to the new place and got a chance to see our new digs.

Our street looks like this.


The front steps are typical for the area.


It turns out our flat was on the top floor, so we had three very long stair sets to go up with all our luggage. The apartment had two bedrooms.


Out the window of the larger room you could see the courtyards of the nearby apartments.


The other bed room was smaller, but neither was terribly large by American standards.
 

The bathroom was clean and modern.
 

The kitchen too.


As you can tell V. was pretty exhausted when we finally got everything up the stairs. This is our main room (the right hand side). 
 

Here is the other side which is our dining area.
 

And that is all that comprises our flat.
 


Evening of August 30, 2014

So we had a little time on our hands when we finished with the museums so we thought we would go visit the waterfront.


I thought these  metal rods were really cool.



I don't know what kin dof bird this was, but we saw it in th parking lot near the Royal Yacht.
 

And here it is.
 

We passed Arthur's Seat.
 


These were nice looking sculptures.


From the bus that took us homw we saw the Conan Doyle pub.
 

We also passed another bridal party.


The water front was absolutely beautiful.


So that was the last thing we saw before boarding the night bus and closing the chapter on Scotland. The new chapter on England was soon to begin.

August 30 Afternoon 3 More Edinburgh Museums



So we headed back into town and did a little looking around.


The wrought iron at this cafe was magnificent!.
 

And what other kind of dog would you expect to see in Edinburgh?!


Every major city seems tohave a ferris wheel in it.



As we walked over the bridge we got to hear some really cool contemporary bagpipe rock.



I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the band jumped up and down as they played (did the pogo.) So did some of the audience.
 


We passed this monument that seemed very Games of Thrones-y. Then headed on past the Writer's museum, which we decided to visit quickly.  The court yard had quotes from various poets, many of which I found particularly moving.




We couldn't take pictures in the museum, so I borrowed some from the net.


The building used to be inhabited by Sir Walter Scott (I think) and featured him, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Burns. They had mannequins inside showing the rooms.


This is what the interior looks like.



 Then we headed further down the Royal mile and looked at some of the buskers. This statue in front of the church had new head gear.



 I had seen this woman earlier giving a political speech, but today she was spinning and asking for money for a charity.


We decided to visit the (Common) People's museum, the only museum devoted to the working person.


There were artifacts, tableaux and weird things to be seen.
 
 
 

I loved the political cartoons!
 

 
We also visited  the City Museum across the street. It had some interesting stuff too. 



Aren't those mugs cool!? This is a picture from Buckingham palace in 1905.
 




There was an exhibit on Greyfriars Bobby.



  

This tureen was part of the ceramics manufactured in Edinburgh and it was gigantic.
 

Next we went to the Scottish National museum. It had a bunch of cool stuff too.


It looked all Crystal Palace-y.





Of course I was interested in the medieval stuff.


They had mummies too!





This was a rather disturbing tureen!
 



We went to the cafe because we were tired and had tea and cake.
 

It refreshed us enough that after the museum closed we could still do a bit of sight-seeing (after all our bus wouldn't leave until after dark.)
 



The weather had gotten gorgeous!


We decided to go see Greyfriars Bobby for real. On the way we saw this bridal bachelors party. (This is from the back.)
 
 

There's the real deal. Obviously the thing to do was touch the nose for luck.
 

Violet did great!
 

Somehow, I too managed!


Violet was ecstatic to see the cafe where J.K. Rowling did her writing.