torsdag 3. januar 2013

Hogmanay i Edinburgh



I år hadde vi lyst til å feire nyttår i utlandet. Det måtte være en by som var kjent for nyttårsfesten sin og det kunne ikke være for langt å reise. Valget falt på Hogmanay i Edinburgh. Vi kom på kvelden den 30. og reiste hjem igjen på nyttårsdagen. En kort og intens tur.

Det var ikke lett å finne ledige hotell, men vi hadde booket på et koselig lite hotell litt utenfor byen nær Arthurs Peak. Vi dro på hotellet med bagasjen når vi kom og så var det rett på en koselig engelsk pub med peis og bøker.

Siden jeg hadde vært i Edinburgh i høstferien droppet vi Edinburgh Castle denne gangen. Turen neste morgen gikk derfor til The Royal Yacht Britannia som ligger i Leith. Denne enorme seilskuten var hjemmet til kongefamilien når de var ute på tur og den har seilt over 1 000 000 miles.



Her var det eget vaskeri og sykestue. Og vi fikk se rommene til kongen og dronningen og mannskapet. Four o'clock tea ble inntatt på båten og gjorde godt for ganen.



Edinburgh var pyntet til jul. Og i Royal Mile og gatene rundt var det masse folk som skulle feire Hogmanay. Mellom Royal Mile og Princess Street var det tivoli og senere på kvelden skulle det spilles fra fire musikkscener.



Vi spiste deilig indisk mat før enn vi dro tilbake til hotellet og fikk på oss litt mer klær. Champagnen ble også sprettet. Deretter bar det tilbake til St Giles Cathedral hvor vi skulle på candlelit consert. Det var en flott konsert med Vivaldi’s Magnificat og Juleoratoriet med Bach. Deretter bar det ut i gatene til Edinburghs berømte gatefest.





Her var det masse folk og litt vanskelig å finne en scene med bra musikk, men vi endte opp med et skotsk band med bra musikk. En tur med pariserhjulet ble det også. Det var en fantastisk utsikt over byen og de 80000 som hadde kommet til sentrum for å feire nyttår.



Litt før klokka tolv gikk vi bort til en svær bro med flott utsikt både til Edinburgh Castle og Calton Hill. Fyrverkeriet var fantastisk og med både ull og dun i åtte varmegrader var det ikke kaldt.


Vel tilbake på hotellet satt vertskapet og ventet på gjestene sine og vi fikk en rødvin og en wiskey i baren. Vi kunne fått suppe også, men sengen fristet mer. En flott nyttårsaften i en fin by var over.

Jeg var i Edinburh i høstfereien med moren min og barna mine. Les denne bloggen også.


Etter to besøk i Edinburg prøver jeg meg på en topp ti liste med tilfedig rekkefølge


- Hogmanay i Edinburgh
- Edinburg Castle
- The Royal Yacht Britannia
- Royal Mile
- Camere Obscura og World of Illusions
- Guidet tur ned i Mary`s King Close
- Calton Hill
- Nasjonalmuseet
- Sekkepipemusikk (ikke så vakkert, men stemningsfult)
- Edinburg Zoo

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