Coffee in the shower and Scotland, Day 3 (w/ pics)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I'm still backsliding. I don't know what is up with my eating, but I WILL get back on track. I think after a month of nonstop walking, all the sitting around at home lets me think about snacking. UGH. I just did a terrible thing with chocolate chips and peanut butter. I did make really healthy choices for the rest of the day, and I've been doing great with my fitness, but REALLY? This was not a good snack choice.

In other news, I did something crazy today. I took my coffee into the shower. Why? Well, it seemed totally decadent, and I felt like it. I gave myself a mud mask treatment, and figured while I was standing around bored, naked and with a face covered in goo, I might as well have something comforting.

Watching it steam up on my windowsill made me smile. I'm weird that way.

A month ago, I was in Scotland, and though there wasn't coffee in the shower, there were castles...

We started day three VERY late. Tiny daughter woke up beautifully, but bigger one was full of teen angst and couldn’t cheer up. We told them we were going to visit Edinburgh Castle, and bigger D chose to stay in the apartment rather than go with us to the Castle. It was a surprise, given that it was bigger D's complaints of "the US is soooo boring!" that led us to take an overseas vacation in the first place. Ahhh... teenagers.

In any case, determined not to be bummed out despite leaving a man behind, we set off. We had breakfast at a cute little restaurant, and then made the walk back up the Royal Mile to the Castle. We actually liked it better than Stirling! We saw the crown and scepter and “stone of destiny” which make up the Scotland Royal standards. We also enjoyed the great hall, which had an amazing painted wood ceiling, and the grounds were super cool. We finally got to see the ocean from the cannon wall!

There was also a dog cemetery there, which I thought was sad but so sweet. Apparently, the soldiers can bury their dogs in this one area, and the headstones were tiny and full of sweet messages.

One of my favorite parts of the Castle was “Margaret’s Chapel.” It was a tiny structure with stained glass windows and an altar that was apparently built in the 12th century. Mindblowing! I couldn’t believe it was still standing! Here are hubby and tiny D inside:

The palace rooms were also very neat, here are me and hubby in the Queen's rooms:

While we were in the Queen's rooms, we were finally rewarded with a view of our apartment from the windows of the palace. We called bigger D and got her to stand in the apartment window, and we could see her turquoise shirt! We took photos of it and everything. It was amazing that we were staying so close to the Palace. If the queen were still in her rooms, we’d have been her next door neighbor! This shot is of our apartment (third floor) from the Queen's rooms, but it is too small to see bigger D :(

After the Castle, we called for Bigger D to come up the Castle Wynd to meet us. She had to walk down the 86 steps from our apartment and then up that many plus a good number to get up to us. Tiny D did the Wynd steps twice. Once for fun, and once so she could help her sister find her way to us. Such a bouncy, happy girl!!! We then finally made it down into “new town” which was fun. Whereas “old town” is now a lot of touristy souvenir shops, “new town” is like a giant outdoor mall, with clothing shops.

We made our way down from the Castle and found that they were putting up Olympic rings just below. I don’t know why, the Olympics will be in London, but there they were, giant rings on the hillside! We took pictures with them!

We ate that night at Henderson’s, which is an all vegetarian restaurant. My husband got the vegetarian haggis, which came with clapshot, and I was jealous, so I ordered clapshot (mashed potatoes) with my veggie quiche as well. It was all delicious, and I actually liked the haggis much better than expected. They make theirs with lentils and mushrooms, and I could have eaten more than the one bite I got. :) The gravy was super delicious!

On the walk home, we went right past the Scott memorial (probably the building most in need of a powerwashing in the whole city) and we took photos. It is an amazing structure!

So, that is all for Day 3. I've got to get these photo adds under control! Today I did even more than last time! Thanks for bearing with me!

Hey Vixterlu - if you are out there - I'm thinking about you girl!!! Hope you are recovering well!!!!
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    Rockin' boots! They almost make me wish I were a skirt person.

    Your trip sounds amazing. The more I hear about it, the more convinced I am that I somehow have to make it a possibility in my own life. (Though my dream would be Ireland.)

    And I had to laugh at your title. There are always things that are so simple but seem so indulgent. And so worth doing just because they make you smile. Just yesterday, my husband brought me a cup of coffee while I lounged in the jacuzzi tub of our hotel room after a run. Easily one of the best things I did yesterday. Yay to coffee and showers! And mud mask facials.
    2475 days ago
  • CODYG123
    Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos. It looks lovely. History makes things so not boring, imho. I spent some time in Amsterdam the year of that city's 750 birthday. 750!! North America is so different. However, there are neighbourhoods in Montreal and a large part of Quebec City that make you feel as if you've traveled back in time too. emoticon Looking forward to another installment. hugs all round.
    2476 days ago
    Wonderful pictures. I know how you feel about wondering where my goes when I eat badly when I know I should not. We need to hit the reset button and move on.
    2477 days ago
  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    There you go: http://www.london2012.com/torch-rel

    2477 days ago
  • no profile photo GARBLEDEEGOOK
    I believe the rings are there because of the torch bearer relay.

    thanks for sharing
    2477 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    Everything looks so beautiful! I might just be bringing my coffee in the shower too :) I love your cute skirt outfit, too!
    2477 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    It needed washing when I was there in 1996. Some things dont change! Wish I'd thought to have Vegetarian Haggis. or perhaps the food has gotten better in so many years. And I dont mind the HORDES of photos. By breaking things up over days, its not overwhelming and I am totally enjoying it.

    If you think coffee in the shower is nice, wait until you try wine in the bathtub.
    2477 days ago
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