At 6:10 a.m., tea, croissant, muffin and some pudding-like thing arrived at our sleeper cabin. By 6:30 a.m. we arrived at Waverley station in Edinburgh.
We were off the train with our bags by 6:45 and start walking along the platform until someone shouted at us that we’re going the wrong way.
We left Waverley to walk to our rental flat at 21 Hanover in New Town — not very far away. Robin met us at the flat with the keys as he’d already met the manager.
The flat has two bedrooms plus an extra room which we called the study with a view of Edinburgh Castle.
The two girls were sharing a room but have their own beds.
There is another bedroom for me and Scott and there’s two bathrooms.
After unpacking a bit, we headed out to do some shopping at 8:00 a.m.. First, to the Marks & Spencers for groceries and snacks, then the Valvona & Crolla on Multrees Walk for a bit of breakfast. Not cheap — but good.
We returned via the Boots for lotions, shampoo and tums.
Our next excursion was to Harvey Nichols for shoes and a suit for Robin. We ended up picking out material for a made to measure suit since he’s so hard to fit. Scott went on his own spending spree getting a scarf, ring and belt. I tried on some jackets but couldn’t find anything that I thought suited. But I bought some wine and some nice wine glasses which were not in abundance at the flat.
We then went to Grape on the corner of St. Andrews Square for lunch and met up with Katie. The restaurant, club is in a converted bank with a fair variety of items on the menu. After lunch, Robin and Katie headed home while Scott and Sidney went looking for a sweater for Scott, while Allie and I went to the National Gallery of Scotland. We couldn’t see the Turner watercolours so would have to return later. After, Allie and I went to Shuh where Allie ordered some shoes to arrive in 3 – 5 business days. We then went to Waterstones book store to get books on Munroes. We all returned to the flat just before 5 p.m.
Arsenal and Man U were playing in the FA cup. Robin and Katie arrived and we all left at 7:15 to go to the Hinds for a Burns supper.
The Hinds had moved to a new house nearer the rugby stadium in the northwest area of Edinburgh to make it easier for Ronnie to drive to his job in St. Andrews as the head civil service guy in Fife, not sure of the official title, but we call him the Thane of Fife. Their new home is somewhat larger than the previous house with room for a games table on the main floor where we had a foosball tournament before dinner.
Ronnie did the honours of addressing the haggis. We were back at our flat after midnight. The street outside the door was very busy but the noise was not enough to keep us awake.