Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mom and Dad Visit Scotland: Days 1 & 2

Yay, my parents have come to Edinburgh to visit!

Day 1: Mom and Dad arrived on Wednesday afternoon, about 6 hours late due to weather delays out of Pittsburgh. These delays also caused them to miss their connecting flight in Newark, so they ended up taking a later flight, which first took them through London, Gatwick. And of course with all the rearranging of travel, their bags couldn't keep up. Argh.

Because of the late arrival, we didn't do much other than exchanging money at the post office and then grocery shopping. Dinner was Black Bean Polenta Pie. Yummmmm! This is the first time I've had the chance to make this for anyone.

We were all exhausted, so it was a fairly early night.

Day 2: We got off to a slow start, but it was a nice day for Edinburgh -- cloudy with the occasional break in the clounds letting the sun shine through, and not too windy. Just a few sprinkles later in the afternoon.

We walked across the Bruntsfield Links and through the Meadows to my place of work. Along the way, we stopped to admire these beautiful spring flowers.

After showing off my fairly unremarkable office and extremely cluttered desk, we walked into Old Town, stopping to have lunch at The Elephant House. The Elephant House bills itself as the birthplace of Harry Potter. It is one of the coffee shops where J.K. Rowlings would go to write.

After lunch, we wound our way down Candlemaker Row, then up Victoria Street and George IV Bridge to the Royal Mile. We crossed High Street and leisurely strolled down the Mound. From here, the Castle is clearly visible, rising above the Princes Street Gardens on the left. Here are a couple of pictures of my parents in front of the Gardens.

We ended our day at the tourist infomation center, where we bought tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Tour, a two-day pass with entrance to the Castle, the Palace, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. That's for Saturday.

We took the bus back to my flat, and I made Chicken Parmesan for dinner, with a Tivali escalope for me. Mom and Dad said it was yummy, and I was pleased. I think this is only the second time I've cooked chicken in my life. In the evening, we watched an episode of the Vicar of Dibley. (Thanks, Scope, for giving me the idea!) Just as we were starting to watch, my parents luggage was delivered! There was definitely much rejoycing.

Tomorrow we're planning to hit a couple museums. The weather is supposed to be pure Scotland: very windy and rainy, and not much fun to be out there.


Xenia said...

Sounds like you are all having a good time. Fingers crossed that the weather is decent for the rest of their stay.

Keziah Fenton said...

Enjoy enjoy enjoy. All that sightseeing will definitely count in your exercise schedule. :-) Was it the Vicar of Dibley with Richard Armitage? He's delicious.

me said...

Sounds like fun, and so pretty. and shopping, too, it sounds like. That's always good exercise. Glad their luggage finally showed up.

Excuse my ignorance, but what is a Tivali escalope? Sounds like something with horns that plays with deer at home on the range.

McB said...

So nice that your parents were able to be such a nice visit inspite of the rough start. Now you know all the good places to take us when the CherryBombs show up next year.

Vicar of Dibley - I used to love that show. I'm not sure if we still get it or not. Dawn French is hysterical.

Me said ... Sounds like something with horns that plays with deer at home on the range

*snort* And yet another co-worker gives my desk a wide berth.