Edinburgh – A Beautiful City We Love

スコットランドの首都エジンバラは城塞都市中世の町並みが広がり、高台はにエジンバラ城がそびえ立っています。歴史的建造物が立ち並ぶ旧市街と均整のとれた新市街の街並みは、世界遺産に登録されています。本当に美しい街なので、「スコットランドって、どんなところでしたっけ?」と聞かれるほど日本の方達に知られていないのがとても残念、ロンドンも素敵ですがエジンバラも素敵なので機会があれば是非訪れていただきたいところです。

Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century, and Edinburgh Castle is looming over the city with its medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town,  both of which are inscribed as World Heritage Sites. I feel it’s such a shame that not many Japanese know this place – so much so that many of my friends asked me when I told them we were going to Scotland, “Umm.. Scotland… what sort of a place is it??”

エジンバラの郊外で借りた家では1週間過ごしましたが、その間に2度エジンバラの街に出ました。1度目は家に到着した翌日、フォトウォークをした日。この日はフォトウォークで3時間暑い中歩いて疲れてしまい、カフェで冷たいものを飲んで家に戻りました。2度目は夫の弟夫婦が到着した翌日で、この日も暑い日でしたがお買い物をして、美術館に寄って家に帰りました。どちらもあまり長くうろうろしませんでしたが、その間に撮った写真をアップしておきます。公園の緑と色とりどりの花々がとてもきれいでした。

We had a week in the house near Edinburgh and we visited Edinburgh twice from there.  One trip was on our 2nd day to take a photo walk after lunch. The photo walk lasted 3 hours  and it was a very hot day so by the time we finished the walk I was very tired.  We sat and had a cold drink in a cafe then headed home.  Another time was the day after my husband’s brother and his wife joined us.  They visited a few Galleries.  My husband and I had lunch, then did some shopping as we hadn’t had a chance to do much shopping, then visited National Galleries of Scotland, then went home.

We didn’t have a lot of time to take photos other than the actual photo walk but I did take a few.  I think it’s really a beautiful city.

 

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本当に綺麗な街ですし人もフレンドリーで、大好きなところです。夫は「退職したらここに住むのはどう?」などと言っていましたが、わたしは「この時期は素敵だけど、長くて寒くて雨の多い冬は気が滅入るんじゃない?それに、家族や友達にも気軽に会いに行けないよ。」と言うとそうかもね〜、と。1ヶ月くらいサービスアパートなど借りて住むのは楽しそうですけどね。でも、1ヶ月くらい滞在して住んでいる気分で過ごしたい、と思う好きな街が多すぎて困ります。

As it’s such a beautiful place and people seem so friendly, both my husband and I love this city.  My husband even suggested that we live in Edinburgh after we retire.  I said to him, “It is really nice here but it’s summer now, I think we won’t be so happy during the long wet and cold winter.  Also it’s not easy to see our friends and families…”  My husband agreed.  It would be lovely to rent a serviced apartment and live for a month when the weather is nice, though.  I must say, though, that there are so many places we’d love to stay for about a month pretending we live there.

退職のときもそうそう遠い話ではなくなっているので、どこに住もうかと最近よく話に出ます。

As our retirement isn’t so far away now, we do talk where we should live very often these days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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