I absolutely fell in love with the city of Edinburgh. Everywhere I looked there was either something greatly historic, a beautiful building or a castle. And every corner I turned there was either a pub or an Indian restaurant (totally random but Edinburgh seems to be obsessed with Indian Food!)
Our hostel in Edinburgh was Cambodian Backpackers, which I would recommend to anyone. This hostel is huge, has a great vibe and offers free breakfast in the morning. They have a lounge with a pool table, a bar and lots of couches and comfy chairs. Plus free internet and use of computers. After we settled in, we started our self-guided tour! The National Gallery of Scotland was amazing (and free!) Typically I’m not one for museums, I walk around for 5 minutes and then my ADHD kicks in, but I really loved this place. My favourite statue was called “The Kiss” which was created in 1889 by French sculptor August Rodin.
The Story behind it? It was originally titles Francesca da Rimini, as it depicts the 13th century Italian noblewoman immortalised in Dantes Ingerno who falls in love with her husband Giovanni Malatestas younger brother Paolo. Having fallen in love while reading the story of Lancelot and Guinevere, the couple are discovered and killed by Francesca’s husband. In the sculpture, the book can be seen in Paolo’s hand. The lovers lips do not actually touch in this sculpture, suggesting that they were interrupted and met their demise without their lips ever having touched. Okay, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I’m more in love with the story than the actual sculpture.
The Museum on the Mound is definitely worth checking out as well, especially if you have children. This Museum is all about the history of Scotland’s first and oldest bank, taking a look at different types of money, how it was made, how it was forged, etc. My favourite part? Getting to make my own coin.
Other fun things we did on our first day in Edinburgh?
- Went inside the National Museum of Scotland (Free!)
- Walked the Royal Mile (tons of pubs!)
- Walked through Grass Market (lots of shopping!)
- Went to the Elephant Café (Where JK Rowlings was inspired to write Harry Potter books)!
Day two of our Scotland trip we took a tour of Edinburgh Castles-pictures and blog about that tomorrow!