Royal wedding – Edinburgh this weekend

Zara Philips – the Queens grandaughter gets married this weekend in Edinburgh to her chunky hunky fiancee Mike Tindall who is a English professional rugby player. They get wed at Canongate Kirk which is an ancient and atmospheric church on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Suitably low key as Princes Anne and her family have always managed to be.
With Prince William and Kate due in town I wonder if the press will allow the bride and groom to get on with their day without associated Hoopla?

The night before the big day they are going to whoop it up on the Royal Yacht Britannia -handy when your Grandma has such a venue bobbing around in the water – the thought of lots of rugby players swigging beer and hanging off the Royal yacht is causing a collective smile. But I wonder how many bars in town the boys going to the nuptials on saturday will turn up in on Friday night? And which ones they will choose to go to?
I shall report.


The National Museum open for business

 The National Museum of Scotland has just reopened it’s doors after a refurbishment. It has gone from quite far down my list of things to do in Edinburgh to being No. 1

This place is impressive. Vast and mind boggling with the breadth of exhibits that will put a smile on your face whether you are 2 or 102. It is now   my top recommendation for meandering for an afternoon or a day!

If you are a historian, a child, an adult, a Scot, a human, an architect or an unemployed bazooki player you will love this place.

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A taste of what you will see.

The vast hall and atrium above. Light streams in. P1080240 P1080241 Part of the first ever lighthouse in Scotland – built by Robert Louis Stevenson’s grandpa. Wow.

Visit it when you can.

Porto & Fi hit the centre of town!

There are so many great places in Edinburgh to eat. It is hard to know where to start.
A few years ago when lurking in the Newhaven area of the city I came across a wee restaurant called Porto & Fi which I went in primarily to kill time. What a delight it was. Freshly prepared, locally sourced goodies abound. It was a hard location to make work but they did.

The next entity opened in Blacks, an outdoor wear shop in Leith. Strange but true. In amongst the thermal vests, bobbly hats and hand warmers a corner of the shop serves the same fare, giant fresh scones, great coffee and soupy sandwichy stuff.

Expansion is brave at the moment but for these guys I have no doubt it will fly as ther is nothing better than fresh food, good value and smiling service. Yes the new Porto & Fi now inhabits a great site half way up The Mound, cheek by jowl with the Whiski Bar this should be the one that geographically puts them on the map. And I can report happily it is as good as the others so what are you waiting for?

It is my new recommendation if you find yourself in the centre of Edinburgh wandering lonely as a cloud – or with a big crowd of like minded folk – ask anyone to point you in the direction of The Mound and sit and peruse the city below as you enjoy some great food.

Porto & Fi
The Mound
The World.