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Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:42 am

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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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:52 am

It has at least one really good Nepalese restaurant.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:58 am

GKirk doesn't live there.  stirthepot 
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:21 pm

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!
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:31 pm

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!)
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:01 pm

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

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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 5:58 pm

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):
Edinburgh, Scotland?

As opposed to all the other really famous Edinburghs?  Wink

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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:07 pm

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
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:12 pm

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!!
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:26 pm

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

thought you hated edinburgh? You always preferred Glasgow....
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:29 pm

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
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:36 pm

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
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:38 pm

yeah edinburgh is great ! Completely different to glasgow which has the big city feel!!
 
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:41 pm

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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Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:43 pm

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
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:07 pm

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.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:23 pm

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 !!
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:34 pm

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

You wanna bet?  box  fight   Wink
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:45 pm

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.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:47 pm

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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Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:52 pm

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 !
 
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 10:58 pm

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
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:04 pm

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.
 
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Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:06 pm

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!
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:47 pm

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........
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 1:25 am

Lived there for 3 years. Loved every minute of it. Miss that city greatly. My favourite place on the planet.
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:04 am

Quoting Airbus3801 (Thread starter):
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?

We visited Edinburgh last fall, and had a wonderful time. Look forward to a return visit....
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:18 am

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 23):
Not been to London so wouldn't know.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:23 am

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  Smile

Anywhere in particular that should be visited? Do I need to rent a car at the airport, or will public transport suffice? Thanks in advance for any insight!
 
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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:32 am

Quoting COIAHLGW (Reply 28):
Is it possible to visit Edinburgh for a day, and still get a worthwhile visit?

You'll miss too much if you only spend a day.
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:45 am

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, drinking etc rather than visiting castles and going into tartan shops :P

Still, Edinburgh is a great advert for Scotland, just too toursity for my liking. I go abroad for that sort of thing  Smile

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:17 pm

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 beautiful cities in the world (the castle at night is fantastic, and is a wonderful welcome to the city when it suddenly appears for train-travelers entering Waverley station from the West).

I also love Glasgow. But then, it's so close that the distance from one to the other is like a commute across London, so you can have the best of two different but complementary worlds: Glasgow's shopping, edgier feel, down-to-earth attitude and red Victorian stone, and Edinburgh's gray sweep, museums, and natural setting (the Dean valley, Arthur's Seat, etc.) Contrary to what the Glaswegians may tell you, people in Edinburgh are also incredibly nice! (and BOTH cities have plenty of council estates to stay away from if you aren't "from there" too!)

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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sun Apr 08, 2007 12:26 pm

Quoting David L (Reply 7):
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 ).

That's the place. Unbelievable food. We *will* be back.  drool 
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 2:51 pm

Quoting OzGlobal (Reply 4):
The Athens of the North

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 something severely lacking. Edinburgh is not one of those cities. It's a fantastic place, one of my favourite cities in the UK.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 5:18 pm

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 33):
Any city that is called "the xxxxxxx of the xxxxxx" usually has something severely lacking

"Sydney, the Auckland of Australia"  Wink  Wink
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:07 pm

Quoting Saxdiva (Reply 32):
That's the place. Unbelievable food. We *will* be back.

I'll tell them.  Smile
 
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:46 pm

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 34):
"Sydney, the Auckland of Australia"

New Zealand, the Canada to Australia's USA.

Make of that what you will.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 7:51 pm

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 33):

What? Bad food, a lack of English skills and an aversion to personal hygiene?

 rotfl  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 Scotland (I'm told I have, but I was very very young, and was apparently sick all over the place - even at that age I was obviously sensitive to barbarous scouseishness  biggrin  Wink - I'd love to go, and EDI sounds like a good place to start. One of these years, I guess...
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:01 pm

http://www.schuerkamp.de/s2k/003-Edinburgh-Castle.jpg
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:13 pm

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 Glasgow. You also get the Wallace monument which is right next to it basically Big grin

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:22 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 38):

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 ?  Smile
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:26 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 40):
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 ?

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 "reddition". Atleast I think thats the French word for it.

Gaz

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:37 pm

Quoting GLAGAZ (Reply 41):
No, it is because the words battle, win, victory etc exist in our dictionary

Mmmm - OK. Lessons in victorious warfare from a Scot, this should be interesting. Lesson One - Ancient History: "Scotland hasn't been victorious in warfare since 1297" - Explain, citing examples  biggrin .

And the correct French would be "Je me rend, sales boches. J'attend que les anglo-saxonnes viendront me sauver"
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:37 pm

I also hear that no visit to Edinburgh is complete without meeting some of the local dignitaries:



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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:39 pm

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 43):
the local dignitaries

I believe that's His Worship The Mayor  Smile
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:46 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 42):
Mmmm - OK. Lessons in victorious warfare from a Scot, this should be interesting. Lesson One - Ancient History: "Scotland hasn't been victorious in warfare since 1297" - Explain, citing examples .

And the correct French would be "Je me rend, sales boches. J'attend que les anglo-saxonnes viendront me sauver"

Ok, list some some examples of French military victories since....ever. Discounting victories over African nations which didn't have a clue how to defend themselves from the smell of the French 'army' Big grin

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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:48 pm

Quoting GLAGAZ (Reply 45):
Ok, list some some examples of French military victories since....ever.

French Military Victories
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 8:54 pm

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 46):
French Military Victories

 rotfl 

Quoting GLAGAZ (Reply 45):
Ok, list some some examples of French military victories since....ever.

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 years, oh what was his name ?  Smile

But enough of this digression - tell us more about the wonders of Edinburgh. There must be something besides the rock that makes it such a hub of civilisation.
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Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:03 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 47):
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 years, oh what was his name ?

Platini? Wasn't much of a military type guy though.

:D

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RE: Edinburgh, Your Thoughts

Sun Apr 08, 2007 9:06 pm

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 is the place I comfortable and safe. You can walk everywhere! It's got all the shops and bars and clubs like a big city but all on a smaller, more convenient scale. It is indeed the best place on earth! All I need now is a job....haha....so I can stay here
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