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Edinburgh, Your Thoughts  
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

Just got back from Edinburgh and thought it was amazing. Blown out of the water by this city. What do other people think of Edinburgh, Scotland?

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User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

It has at least one really good Nepalese restaurant.

User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20363 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1427 times:

GKirk doesn't live there.  stirthepot 


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User currently offlineScotron11 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1178 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):

What do other people think of Edinburgh, Scotland?

I can look out on the Forth to Edinburgh from my upstairs front bedroom. And having lived there as well, I have to agree it's a great city. Terrific to walk, or bus or taxi. Pubs, parks, museums, galleries, restaurants, great people. Come one, come all, you'll all have a great time!


User currently offlineOzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2711 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

Absolutely one of my favorite places in the world.

It has grandeur without huge scale or sprawl. You can see both ancient architecture and untouched natural landscape in the same scenes. It still glows with its 18th century dignity as "The Athens of the North". Enjoy walking the Royal Mile, the back streets, Princes Street and the neghbouring streets. Great pubs, friendly people. Very distinctively different from England (hard to put one's finger on exactly how).

The Scottish accent spoken there is quite comprehensible.

(Plus, 75% of my ancestors were Scottish!)



When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

It's the capital of Scotland. What else can I say?  bigthumbsup 

Great pubs, loads of things to do, loads of things to see.
Probably my favourite city in the world Big grin

Yup, the Auld Reekie



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1383 times:

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):
Edinburgh, Scotland?

As opposed to all the other really famous Edinburghs?  Wink

Great place. And possibly the best use of an extinct volcano in the world. Big grin



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 1):
It has at least one really good Nepalese restaurant.

The Khukuri in West Maitland Street, near Haymarket Station? Head and shoulders above any Indian/Nepalese restaurant I've ever been to (but I've never been to restaurants in India or Nepal  Smile ). I used to live in the same block as the owners lived but they've moved and so have I. I still get their takeaways delivered from time to time.

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
As opposed to all the other really famous Edinburghs?

There was Justin Edinburgh... ah, you're right.  Smile


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

I liked it but was a bit disturbed by how it changes after dark and all the weirdo's and druggies start to hang about in doorways and stuff.

But by day it is a marvellous place and the beer was very cheap!!


User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5126 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
Probably my favourite city in the world

thought you hated edinburgh? You always preferred Glasgow....



That'll teach you
User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1372 times:

I loved it, have been back many times.

Great beer, and fantastic ladies!! They drink like their Dad owns a brewery, punt like they only back winners, and f*ck like they're being filmed.

Such fond, fond memories


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 9):
thought you hated edinburgh? You always preferred Glasgow....

Glasgow is better for shopping, and perhaps drinking, but Edinburgh is better overall.
Too many tourists though  Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

yeah edinburgh is great ! Completely different to glasgow which has the big city feel!!

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1365 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 11):
Glasgow is better for shopping, and perhaps drinking

Glasgow is something of a surprise these days. It used to be an absolute hole, but it's improved out of sight in the last fifteen years. There are still some truly grim areas (a national disgrace in a country this wealthy) but the city centre is really quite a pleasant place.



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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1363 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 13):
Glasgow is something of a surprise these days. It used to be an absolute hole, but it's improved out of sight in the last fifteen years. There are still some truly grim areas (a national disgrace in a country this wealthy) but the city centre is really quite a pleasant place.

If yer no from Glasgow, then it is better to stay in the city centre. Although you still see the occasional hobo or jehova trying to harass you in the city centre (plus gangsters who wanted to attack MYT332, Gordonsmall, Nighthawk, UTA_Flyinghigh and myself)  Silly



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offline767Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

I loved it! I thought it was beautiful and friendly.

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 4):
Very distinctively different from England (hard to put one's finger on exactly how).

I would agree with this.


User currently offlineDernierVirage From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1331 times:

I went on a 10 day holiday in Edinburgh with my wife last year, and it was amazing.

The city is beautiful, there is a restaurant every 10 metres, and the people are great. One day, we took a walk (within the city centre), it was like being in the countryside - it was from Dean Village (a real village inside the main city) to Leith. It was hard to believe that you were in a city; another day we went by bus to a little fishing village called North Berwick, which we loved.

Food was wonderful - all the restaurants we visited were really good, both cuisine and service. We even had a wonderful French meal in the Café Saint Honoré !

In addition to this, there is a warm feeling between France and Scotland which makes a visit very happy, I never have exactly the same feeling in England, sadly.

So overall, a wonderful place to be !!


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1328 times:

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 16):
there is a warm feeling between France and Scotland

You wanna bet?  box  fight   Wink



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineDernierVirage From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 17):
You wanna bet?

Maybe we were only lucky in that case !!!!

That said, in France we have great respect for Scotland, remembering all the historic connections, and I really noticed the same thing in Edinburgh.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1324 times:

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 18):
That said, in France we have great respect for Scotland, remembering all the historic connections, and I really noticed the same thing in Edinburgh.

Aye, there is a load of historic connections.
I think it's because both of our countries love to wind the English up  Wink



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User currently offlineDernierVirage From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1318 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 19):
I think it's because both of our countries love to wind the English up

You may be right !!

Thanks to you I now know a new English term, I never heard "wind up" before !


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1313 times:

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 20):
Thanks to you I now know a new English term, I never heard "wind up" before !

Ye'll no have heard of scunnered or fannybaws either then?  Silly



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineDernierVirage From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2006, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 21):
Ye'll no have heard of scunnered or fannybaws either then?

I know that there are many special words in Scotland, you can consider that I know none !

On the subject of Edinburgh, another good thing was that I found the people easier to understand than in London, although I had heard that it would be difficult. It added to the pleasure of the visit.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24906 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

Quoting DernierVirage (Reply 22):
On the subject of Edinburgh, another good thing was that I found the people easier to understand than in London, although I had heard that it would be difficult. It added to the pleasure of the visit.

Not been to London so wouldn't know. From what I've heard, however, is that cockneys all sound like Mr Blobby!



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
As opposed to all the other really famous Edinburghs? Wink

Just wanted to clarify for those who are not geographically gifted. Once when I was mentioning Glasgow, someone thought I was talking about Glasgow, Kentucky........


25 IFEMaster : Lived there for 3 years. Loved every minute of it. Miss that city greatly. My favourite place on the planet.
26 Halls120 : We visited Edinburgh last fall, and had a wonderful time. Look forward to a return visit....
27 Post contains images Emirates029 : You haven't lived life fully
28 Post contains images COIAHLGW : Is it possible to visit Edinburgh for a day, and still get a worthwhile visit? I'm planning on combining it with a visit to Ireland later in the year
29 Halls120 : You'll miss too much if you only spend a day.
30 Post contains images GLAGAZ : Gkirk will no doubt slam me for this... But I much prefer Glasgow to Edinburgh. Perhaps due to me being younger and more interested in shopping, drink
31 N229NW : I think Edinburgh is spectacular. For a city of its size, it wins hands down: it has the grandeur or a much bigger city, and is up there with the most
32 Post contains images Saxdiva : That's the place. Unbelievable food. We *will* be back.
33 QANTASFOREVER : What? Bad food, a lack of English skills and an aversion to personal hygiene? Any city that is called "the xxxxxxx of the xxxxxx" usually has somethi
34 Post contains images Jafa39 : "Sydney, the Auckland of Australia"
35 Post contains images David L : I'll tell them.
36 QANTASforever : New Zealand, the Canada to Australia's USA. Make of that what you will. QFF
37 Post contains images JGPH1A : If they eat deep-fried Mars Bars and have life-threatening crack habits in Athens, then the resemblance is complete ! I haven't actually been to Scot
38 Post contains links and images Gkirk :
39 Post contains images GLAGAZ : For those who are into castles and are thinking of visiting Scotland....Stirling castle is just as spectacular and not too far away from Edinburgh and
40 Post contains images JGPH1A : Nice. I see the toffs had to build on top a 200 foot cliff - was that something to do with the smell of the proles down below ?
41 GLAGAZ : No, it is because the words battle, win, victory etc exist in our dictionary, unlike the French one which appears to just have "surrender" or "reddit
42 Post contains images JGPH1A : Mmmm - OK. Lessons in victorious warfare from a Scot, this should be interesting. Lesson One - Ancient History: "Scotland hasn't been victorious in w
43 Post contains images QANTASforever : I also hear that no visit to Edinburgh is complete without meeting some of the local dignitaries: QFF
44 Post contains images JGPH1A : I believe that's His Worship The Mayor
45 Post contains images GLAGAZ : Ok, list some some examples of French military victories since....ever. Discounting victories over African nations which didn't have a clue how to de
46 Post contains links Gkirk : French Military Victories
47 Post contains images JGPH1A : Well there was this one guy, short chap, funny hair cut - came from Corsica - you know the one, he had Europe pretty much wrapped up for about 20 yea
48 GLAGAZ : Platini? Wasn't much of a military type guy though. :D Gaz
49 Fastenseatbelt : I love Edinburgh! I have lived here for 5 1/2 years now, doing my under and postgrad. It's the place I call home. Grew up in Europe and Asia and Edi i
50 JGPH1A : Yeah, but cut me some slack, I don't have a lot to work with here.
51 Post contains images Helvknight : But wasn't it Dr Johnson who said
52 Post contains images Jafa39 : I once heard a dirty Aussie refer to NZ as "The Bavaria of the Pacific"....WTF? We NEVER wear shaving brushes in our hats!!!!
53 Post contains images JGPH1A : Perhaps you should - finally, there'd be SOMETHING to say about New Zealanders
54 Soups : just flew in few hours ago, place is a bit touristic but loved it
55 Airbus3801 : As long as you stayed off the Royal Mile I didn't think it to be too touristy plus right now it isn't the high season. What did you think of all of t
56 Post contains images OzGlobal : No. Ancient Athens, centre of learning and philosophy
57 BA787 : Edinburgh is Fab My dad was born there, my Grandma used to live in Morningside, and my Grandfather was a GP in the old surgery opposite Lucas Ice-Crea
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