A very tiny army

Lewis ChessmenWhen my very best friend from York told me that she and her boyfriend
were planning a weekend in Edinburgh last year, I got quite excited.
Not because I get vicarious enjoyment from other people’s holidays,
but because I was invited to come along! Hooray!

My pals had gift vouchers and were staying at the fancy Mal Maison in Leith,
and I managed to find a cute single room in a centrally-located B&B.

Our trip started at Edinburgh Zoo, where we wandered
and whiled away an afternoon looking at pygmy hippos, meerkats
and penguins to name just a few.

In the evening, we headed to town with food on our minds
and stumbled across a very tasty Mexican restaurant (Viva Mexico).
We ate well, shared sangria, and made loose plans for the next day.
Tired, but in a good way,
we retired to our respective lodgings to get some shut eye.

The next morning I perused the B&B breakfast menu
and tried a delicious eggs benedict with smoked salmon.
After checking out, I walked the short distance to meet my friends
outside the National Portrait Gallery and we headed up into the old town.

We took a leisurely stroll along the Royal Mile to take some photos
at the castle, then branched off to visit the churchyard of Greyfriars Bobby,
and the National Museum of Scotland.

If you are not familiar with the story of Greyfriars Bobby,
he was a small dog who legend says spent 14 years guarding his owner’s grave,
until his own death in 1872.
There is a memorial for Bobby on Candlemaker Row.

In the National Museum, I was excited to discover a set of the Lewis chessmen!
These ornate pieces were found on a beach on the Isle of Lewis in 1831.
There is a large wooden replica of the king near the beach at Uig today.

The Lewis ChessmenAll in all, a fun weekend with great friends!
When can we do it again?!

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