First things first: its pronounced Ed-in-bur-uh.
Anyways, the first thing that strikes you is the medieval feel of the city's layout and architecture; it really makes you feel like you've traveled to a different time. Scotland's capital is divided between the 14th century "old town" and the 18th century "new town" while the Edinburgh Castle (above) dominates from its seat high above the city.
We spent three days in Edinburgh and were fortunate enough to come during the Edinburgh Festival for which the city is famous. We were there for the Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world with thousands of different comedy, theater, music and more acts taking place in hundreds of different venues across the city. With so many choices, there is something for every taste. We enjoyed a stand up comedy show and watched many street performers doing stunts, music or theater (One of the best was a sword swallower who then juggled an axe, a machete and some other dangerous object. While blindfolded. While riding a 3 meter high unicycle on wet cobblestone. On a hill.)
See the facebook album for more pictures...
Other highlights included:
- Climbing Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park. A fun hike and the best view of the city, hands down. (photos below)
- Touring Holyrood Palace - the Queen's residence in Scotland
- Exploring Edinburgh Castle
- Walking the Royal Mile
- Seeing the Royal Yacht Britannia