When I have been planning my trip to Great Britain I wanted to visit Edinburgh more than London. Since childhood I have been crazy about medieval castles, knights and other things related to that époque.  The capital of Scotland gave me everything I wanted to get from it: while walking down the streets of the city, somewhere on the corner you expect to see a person wearing kilt. The look of old, medieval town stuck in my head and it was pretty easy to imagine how Edinburgh looked like, say, 300- 400 years ago. 

Our 'meet and greet' with Edinburgh started from the roof of a four-floor mansion which we rent instead of a hotel.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

The clouds in the city are definitely a subject for another topic. It feels to be alive, always in motion and create different shapes.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

The Scottish people are very nice and kind. To be honest, sometimes it is very hard to catch what they are saying. Yes, they speak English, but they like to add slogan, dialect varies from place to place drastically. In remote parts of Scotland people does not speak English at all. Instead, they speak ancient Celtic.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Moving forward, we get into college for boys.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

High school students were very happy to see us, they were shouting and waving at us. I managed to take few selfies but the next minute head boy showed up screaming 'It's a school property! Get out!'. He tried to take us out but got few kicks from classmates and left. We decided not to risk anymore and after wishing good luck to the students, left before the head boy showed up again.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

During the walk around the city we saw plenty castles here and there.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Meanwhile, the clouds do not think to stop moving even for a second.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

We are getting closer to an old Edinburgh castle which is located on the top of the rock right in the middle of town. 

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Medieval buildings look very organic next to modern houses.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Phone booths are a must of the city.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

The road to the castle turned out to be very sinuous.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Extremely beautiful view to the old town and Arthur's Seat rock has opened to us near the bottom of the castle. We will visit that place in a few moments.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

You will meet bagpiper players in kilts only in those places which are full of tourists. It is a good tribute to old times. But it is possible to meet a Scottish person in skirt on some kind of important event. Say, on the wedding.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Castle served as a residency for Scottish kings till the year of 1603. After England and Scotland united, this building turned into a prison.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

It feels like the architects were choosing colour palettes for buildings to suit the colour of the sky.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Old taxi cabs match the city's total look - I wish they could get rid of the ads though.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Scotland associates with pubs. There are lots of them but not as much as in Ireland.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

While looking to the sides it is hard to tell what year it is now.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

The city is decorated with various medieval emblems.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh

In the evening we decided to visit the highest hill in the city - Arthur's Seat. The walk will take a while but it is so worth it. One of the best views opens only from this part of the city.

Travel diary: up close and personal in Edinburgh