Monday, April 02, 2012
"The Highlands is the land of Lochs,Glens and Bens----a Loch(Lokhh) is a Lake,a Glen is a Valley and a Ben is a Mountain!!!So Welcome ye all to the Lochs,Glens and Bens of The Highlands!!!"This was the welcome given to us by Brian our Tour Guide and Coach Driver when we began our Day Tour of the Highlands------driving through some of Scotland's most picturesque Counryside!!!Sayali had arranged a two night stay at Edinburgh----and we left London on Thursday afternoon's flight.Reaching there barely an hour later we drove through beautiful Suburbs scented with Lavender and some other beautifully scented Flowers wafting in with the Breeze through the Cab windows as it was a very sunny,warm day!!!The Roads were full of Flower Beds at every intersection--a riot of beautiful colours planted together to create a very cheerful and heart warming Picture for the viewer!!!As we bowled along towards The George where Sayali had booked us in for the next two days---bang in the central area of Edinburgh!!!
This was a very poignant Trip for me-----the first new place for me to have visited without Sudhir in 41 years-----now that's a really long time!!!So while I was very excited to be there I was also missing Sudhir terribly--for this was a City right after his heart----quaint,ancient yet modern----a beautiful blend of cobbled Streets and concreted Roads!!!The first thing we did after we checked in was to book our Day Tour to the Highlands on Friday and then cross the Street to the Dome opposite for Afternoon Tea.Arriving at the Dome we were told that we were a bit late for the Tea but since the Kitchen could still oblige with the Tea,we were treated with great courtesy by the Staff and led to a wonderful table right under the beautiful Dome and seated there.The Tea arrived---and huge Tea it was!!!There were oblong Sandwiches of Egg Salad,Ham and Cheese,Beef and Mustard as well as Smoked Salmon and Water Cress-----accompanied by Fruit Scones served with Honey,Strawberry Preserves, Clotted and Whipped Creams as well as a choice of Cakes,Tarts and Cheesecakes---all accompanied by pots of beautifully brewed Earl Grey Tea!!!Both of us literally fell to with great gusto----to the great amusement of the Ladies at the next Table--but both of us were truly starving after a sketchy Lunch just before the Flight---so we continued chomping through the delicious Meal!!!By the time we were through all that remained of the scrumptious Spread were the Cakes and The Cheesecakes---the Fruit Tarts having been finished with great relish!!Finally well fed and satiated we walked out into the late afternoon Sunshine to explore our surroundings.
On our way to Waverley Place we passed by the canopied Statue of Sir Walter Scott--bringing to mind his Novels--my favourites being Waverley,Rob Roy ,Legend of Montrose and The Bride of Lammermoore-----and were totally astounded by the beautiful views around us!!!It was so beautiful every which way we turned--we were literally spoilt for choice at which direction to look---for me it was like being in a Fairy Tale Place----and was really pinching myself to ensure that this was for real--and not a dream!!!The Spires,The Castle------everything was breathtakingly lovely--this was the place both Sudhir and I would have just loved so much and enjoyed being in together!!!Sayali's Camera sprang into action---and by the time we left she'd clicked over 500 Pictures--some of which I'll be uploading later!!!