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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Edinburgh like a local - prepare to drool

I decided that day 2 of Susan's visit would be a peek into normal life here in Edinburgh. So first, Stan, Susan, and I walked along the Water of Leith. It's a beautiful path which makes it hard to believe you're still in the city. But you are...

And of course, we found more acts of kindness along the way.

We went as far as Dean Village, which is one of the most picturesque spots in Edinburgh.
Then we headed to the Stockbridge Farmer's Market where I bought cheese and boar salami. Susan bought a scarf. And we both ate samples of chocolate marshmallows by the Marshmallow Lady. OMG.
Then we went to one of our favorite pubs for lunch, the Stockbridge Tap.
Several pubs in Edinburgh feature a Sunday Roast, but they are HUGE. Susan and I split a roasted venison, potatoes in duck fat, and pureed carrots dish. Dang. (Sorry we forgot to get a pic!) The pub is situated as a great spot to watch folks (and their dogs) walking by outside, and I think I'm getting Susan hooked on tea.
     From there, we split paths. Stan was meeting our friend Connie for lunch, and Susan and I had plans for HIGH TEA at the Balmoral. It deserves it's own post , coming soon, so I'll skip ahead on this day of gorging and go straight to dinner. Yes, we'd been eating ALL DAY, but isn't that what vacations are all about?
     And okay, this isn't quite a normal day in Edinburgh. We usually only go to Fishers for special occasions, which this was. Here's why:
One of the things I love about living in Europe is that you can order a right and proper Fruit de Mer (fruits of the sea, a.k.a. a seafood platter) made up of heavenly crustaceans that aren't even available in the US. Susan decided to splurge on the biggie.
The smaller one of scallops and langoustines was mine.
Stan and Connie rejoined us for dinner. Connie had the cold seafood platter.
Stan ordered oysters to share...
then he had the fish chowder.
Needless to say, we were all very, very happy, and very, very full. Sleep came quickly and hard that night!
So Susan had one touristy day and one locals day. She was our enabler who gave us the excuse to splurge, while also letting us see our new and lovely home through her eyes. It's hard to believe we're already getting used to this place and perhaps even taking it for granted. Susan reminded us how magical Edinburgh is, and I am enchanted all over again. Thank you Susan!
      Photos are © Susan Eaddy and © Elizabeth Dulemba.

4 comments:

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

OMG, these photos! So gorgeous. I wish I could be there too!!!!

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

You know we're waiting for you!!! Hugs, e

Susan Eaddy said...

It was one of my best days EVER! I love it that E brought all of her high energy and enthusiasm into showing me her town even after a high energy week in Bologna! We packed a weeks worth of experience into 2 days. And that scottish lobster... makes me drool just to think about it....

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

I loved showing it to you Susan! What a great excuse to play in beautiful Edinburgh! Hugs, :) e

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