|Shall we check out that shoe shop, honey?|
|This is where you can buy royal souvenirs. More so that this year marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – she has reigned for 60 long years!|
|We had breakfast at the palace café. Felt like a royalty :-D|
|Entering the forecourt. Notice that the left tower looks “rougher”? That’s because it was built more than 100 years earlier that the one on the right.|
|The quadrangle at the center of the palace.|
Beyond the quadrangle, cameras were off-limits. Thus no photos for me to show to you here. Anyway, the palace is still an active working building. The Queen receives her guests there, holds royal parties in its garden and knighted Sir Sean Connery in one of its halls. We were lucky that we came during the time of the year when the garden was open to visitors. Thus we had the chance to walk around and imagine what it would be like to hang out with the Queen :-D
|Adjacent to the palace lays the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, which was destroyed during the war between Scotland and England back in 16th century.|
|A view of the palace from the garden.|
|The trees and flowers looked and smelled really fresh, with droplets from last night’s rain hanging onto them.|
|How wonderful it would be to wake up to beautiful Scottish hills in your backyard.|
|The palace gate. Scottish flag on the left, English flag on the right.|
|In memory of Edward VII, King of Great Britain and Emperor of India.|
From the palace, we took a cab to Princes Mall as Kak Faez was too tired walking in the 5-inch sexy black babies (she bought the same pair as mine). We hanged out at Costa, a British equivalent of Starbucks. I actually wanted to try it in Aberdeen after I heard Kak Mazni talked about it, but didn’t have the chance. Fortunately I found it in Edinburgh.
|Costa’s cinnamon latte. Yummy!|
We did some last minute souvenir shopping and took another cab back to the hotel. Thank goodness we already checked out so we just had to get our bags. I waited in the cab while Kak Faez went inside the hotel to call Farah and Kak Minie.
Chatted with the friendly cab driver. Guess what, he was an Arsenal player! He did come to Malaysia during Arsenal FC tour to South East Asia in 1975. He remembered playing against Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur, then in Penang. After that they went to Singapore and Bangkok to continue the tour.
|The day I met an Arsenal player. Yet I didn’t ask for his name, how foolish of me! Gunners fans out there, help please?|
|Edinburgh train station. Waiting to board.|
|Goodbye historic Edinburgh. By night time, I would be in metropolis London!|