October 3rd, 2006


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2006/10/03 15:47:00 - Edinburger
A combination of too much unused holiday time and cheap sleeper tickets mean that I'll be in Edinburgh for a whole (week)day (well 8am to 11pm approximately) at the end of the month. Bearing in mind that I'll be essentially limited to public transport what should I see, and what recommendations do people have about eateries (particularly breakfast!)?
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userinfo uisgebeatha
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2006/10/03 15:10:57
The Elephant House are fantastic, and do nice pastries and a big selection of teas and coffees. (Also there is Elephants and Bagels which do, er, bagels, if you like that sort of thing.) There's also Chocolate Soup which does big bowls of gooey chocolate goodness, and it's on the Royal Mile too. :) As for non-breakfasty places, I like Vittoria's for Italian foods and Gandhi's for a good curry.

There's loads to see on the Royal Mile- free museums, the Castle, St. Giles' Cathedral, and the Scottish "Parliament". If you're just here for a day you'll be kept plenty busy just wandering past all the attractions there, and just off the Mile there's loads of stuff too (National Library of Scotland, the old Bank of Scotland building, the Grassmarket). If I'm still around here I'll happily be a tour guide, having lived in the Burger for 16 years now. :P
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userinfo hoiho
2006/10/03 15:53:10
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userinfo uisgebeatha
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2006/10/03 19:57:23
Heh, well we'll agree to differ that the Parliament resembles one in any way. ;)

Oh, Valvona and Crolla is wonderful, but you need to remortgage your home to eat dinner there. Or perhaps I'm looking at that from a skint student perspective, hehe.

The last time I went in the Castle was because it was free for St. Andrews Day; I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of stuff to see, but yeah, it takes ages to go round it all! :)
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userinfo hoiho
2006/10/03 21:25:04
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userinfo dunkyb
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2006/10/04 07:33:04
Must admit I'm always disapointed by the lack of edible elephants in Elephant and Bagel.
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userinfo uisgebeatha
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2006/10/04 18:25:43
Hee hee :)

There *are* rather tasty edible elephant shortbread biscuits in the Elephant House, mind you...
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userinfo dunkyb
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2006/10/05 17:24:48
Just not the same... Still, one must leanr to live with such disapointments.

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userinfo fhtagn
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2006/10/03 15:48:42
For eating, I reccommend "The Auld Hoose", a pub on the Pleasance. It has its own LJ, an excellent menu and a good choice of good drinks. Oh, and a fantasticly well stocked jukebox. ::smiles:: It's not the normal recommendation, I'm sure, but I always make a point to eat there when in Embra. If you're (un)lucky, you just might see Stross and co drinking there.

The only touristy things I'd suggest are climbing the Scott Monument (you get a layered view of Embra as you ascend, and the changes and view are marvellous) and visiting the Museum. Other than that ... wander into a chippy and order a [something] supper with salt and sauce. Especially the sauce. Don't let them not give you sauce just 'cos you're English. Sauce is a must.
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userinfo senji
2006/10/03 20:29:53
Do I want to know what is in the sauce?
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userinfo fhtagn
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2006/10/04 07:34:51
Yes. Mostly fruit and spices, in fact. Chip sauce is usually compared to brown sauce, but it has about as much in common with brown sauce as tomato sauce does so ...
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userinfo emperor
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2006/10/03 17:16:02
Could you add the tag "Edinburgh" to this entry, please? I tried, and it silently failed...
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userinfo senji
2006/10/03 20:31:02
I believe I have it set up such that third parties can only assign existing tags (not create new ones). Done though.
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userinfo ceb
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2006/10/03 18:13:55
The Dean Gallery (http://www.nationalgalleries.org/index.asp?centre=html/2-galleries/2-indGalleryFS.asp?gallery=3-a ) has some very cool stuff by Paolozzi (responsible for the statue of Newton outside the British Museum and the mosaics at TCR tube) including a GIANT ROBOT. And I don't really have to tell you to go and visit the castle, do I? ;-)
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userinfo uisgebeatha
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2006/10/03 19:53:14
Oh, I second the Dean Gallery, and also the Gallery of Modern Art across the road. pjc50 and I were so impressed by the huge robot and the Paolozzi, and I'm not normally an art lover. The Castle is good too, but that in itself would take a day and it's Not Cheap. :P
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userinfo williamjm
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2006/10/03 19:42:35
Some things to do:
Edinburgh Castle
If it is a good day then a walk up Arthur's Seat and around the surrounding Holyrood Park could be good, there are good views from the top. You can get into the park at the other end of the Royal Mile from the Castle. The Scottish Parliament (not been round it, but I've heard people say it is interesting) and Holyrood Palace (also not been round) are around here as well.
Rosslyn Chapel (just south of Edinburgh, I think there are buses to there from the centre of Edinburgh) is an interesting place to visit even if you ignore all the conspiracy theory nonsense that's grown up around it.

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userinfo mair_aw
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2006/10/04 00:26:22
climb calton hill if it's nice, and admire the view.

depending on how/what you want to eat, there's a mosque with a kitchen on west nicolson street just near appleton tower which will do you a large curry for £3, 11am--7pm or something.


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