City Extras: Edinburgh

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How to stay afloat in Edinburgh/ August 2019

     If you’re heading out to our favorite city in Scotland and haven’t made your hotel reservations yet, consider a stay aboard a ship permanently docked in the Firth of Forth! The Fingal, a stunning decommissioned ship (stationed very near to Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia) in the suburb of Leith might be just the kind of unusual experience you’ve been looking for. Consider staying there for a night or two, just to take it all in and make some very special memories. Then switch to another hotel in Edinburgh’s city center. We won’t tell.  “An exquisite five star, twenty-three cabin boutique hotel complete with ballroom and sweeping grand staircase.”   Just look at those pictures!



In Focus: the Tolbooth Tavern/ July 2019

        The famously haunted Tolbooth Tavern is both a historic sight and a great place to grab an ale.  Built in 1591, it used to be part of the official tollbooth of the Canongate neighborhood’s administration and was at that time outside the gates of Edinburgh’s Old Town.  Located on what is now called “the Royal Mile” (the main boulevard of the Old Town) it is closer to Her Majesty’s Holyrood palace than it is to the city’s famous castle. Even so, it’s worth a stop and offers all the traditional pub food you could want. You might just make a new friend there, from this century or a previous.

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In Focus: Edinburgh’s Peacocks/ June 2019

     Peacocks in Edinburgh? You betcha.  They stroll around the lovely grounds at the Prestonfield Manor House, home of the exquisite restaurant Rhubarb.  This place has the best Afternoon Tea service in town to begin with, and as you bite into a just-baked scone, a peacock walks by outside the window. Amazing! (Rhubarb’s afternoon tea is offered everyday from noon to 7pm.)

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