I say "re-sparked" because I have heard of this place before in the past, from personal friends who live there and from friends who have visited there before.
No matter how I see it, Edinburgh has always been one of those places that I REALLY want to go to. Here are just 3 random reasons why...
#1 Afternoon Tea and Coffee are Regularly Served in Fancy Shmancy Hotels
I worked at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai in the Food and Beverage Department for 8 years and am familiar, front to back, with the "Americanized" process of serving high tea. Sampling those little sandwiches, scones and cakes are one of the things I miss most about that job!
From what I understand, there are many hotels in Edinburgh where I'd be able to sit back amongst posh and luxurious surroundings feeling like a total fish out of water while enjoying afternoon tea. And I'd be totally fine with that. Why? Because I love caffeine. There, I said it alright. I love caffeine!
What's cool is that many of these hotels that serve afternoon tea can also be booked for accommodations at a reasonable price, once you find a hotel that has tea service, just look for listings of that hotel on venere.com to see what kind of great bargains are out there.
Of course, if fancy schmancy settings are just not your thing, then there are many other down-to-earth options out there, such as cafes and tearooms, for getting your routine caffeine fix on in Edinburgh.
#2 Festivals of Food, Film, Art, Books (& Something Called "Fringe") Are Organized Up The Wazoo!
Already in this year, Edinburgh has hosted two festivals, one on science and another for children, with another festival presently going on! (This one is about film and it's scheduled to go on until June 30th.)
The most thrilling of all the festivals, however, and also the one of the most highly regarded cultural festivals held worldwide, is the Edinburgh International Festival. This is basically a 3-week long event that highlights classical music, theatre, opera and dance.
As most of you know, The Drifters Blog is all about documenting travel through exploring the culture, language, food and arts of a certain place, so this little factoid is definitely one of the reasons why Edinburgh, Scotland is on my list.
#3 An Extinct Volcano is Surrounded By Architectural Masterpieces, Both Historical and Modern
Sure, Hawaii has beaches and wildlife galore, but it's relatively new status as a place where cities are built makes the tropical island paradise seem like a newborn baby compared to the ages and ages of historical layers that can be found in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Edinburgh has been the Scottish capital since the 15th century, and as such, it's Old Town district boasts some real jaw droppers, like a medieval castle and distinctive tenement buildings that were once the tallest buildings of their time.
And lest you think their recognition of being a UNESCO World Heritage site means the city solely hosts old building sites, remember that Edinburgh has a distinguished New Town as well, where modern wonders such as the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Scottish Poetry Library remind us the old can always be incorporated in with the new.
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And now we ask you: - Do you have any other great reasons why I should go to Edinburgh, Scotland?