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It was lovely to be back in Edinburgh for a few days, we’ve been many times before but it’s been 3 years since our last visit.

We arrived just as they were lighting the Paralympic caldron!

We also caught the end of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which always provides lots of fun on the streets!

Our weather was a mixed bag with some sunshine and a few showers as well but it didn’t spoil our fun.

Princes Street Gardens are a lovely place for a walk.

As you can see this was one of our better days.

The gardens had a lovely floral display for the 2012 London Olympics.

We stayed in a lovely hotel in the Grassmarket area and this was the view from the dining room as we ate our breakfast in the mornings.

This is the famous Jenners department store from the outside……….

……….and the inside!

This is Victoria Street which is supposed to be the most photographed street in Edinburgh and the home of k1 Yarns.

Armstrong & Sons Vintage Emporium. You wouldn’t believe the clothes in here, from every decade. I spent ages looking through the 1980’s handknitted mohair sweaters, they were amazing.

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby, such a sad story, you know I could never ever watch the film, way too sad for me.

This restaurant is the birthplace of Harry Potter, JK Rowling did her writing in here!

We watched tartan weaving and ……………

………learnt how Scottish whisky is made!

We also took ourselves off to the zoo on one of the days!

Now I do have some problems with zoos, I’m not always convinced they are in the best interest of the animals. I know many do great conservation work, Edinburgh being one of them, I can only hope that the animals kept there are happy.

I did put my reservations aside though in Edinburgh and perhaps this was hypocritical of me but I knew that I probably wouldn’t in my lifetime ever get the opportunity to see this again………………………

This is Yang Guang, his name means Sunshine and he is one of Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Pandas. How gorgeous is this boy, I would have loved to have given him a big hug but looking at those claws perhaps that wouldn’t have been such a good idea. Just looking at him took my breath away he was so amazing.

I have to say that all the panda photos are my husbands as flash wasn’t allowed (understandably) and they were behind glass and my little camera which was running low on battery couldn’t cope. As well as all that I realised that if I was more interested in taking photos I was going to miss out on the animals themselves, so I gave up and enjoyed the pandas instead.

There are only 1500 pandas left in the wild, their breeding season lasts for two days and their diet of bamboo is very limited, if we’re not very careful we’re going to loose these beautiful creatures forever.

I suppose this is were zoos come into their own with their breeding programmes for those pandas that are in captivity and I know Edinburgh hope to have baby pandas in the future. I still like the idea of all this happening in the wild though.

This Mrs Panda her name is Tian Tian which means Sweetie and this is exactly what she did for the whole time we were there. I would have loved to have seen her pretty face but part of me liked her attitude and the fact that she did her own thing and couldn’t care less about us peering in at her.

It was such a privilege to get this close to these wonderful animals!

Edinburgh is very proud of it’s new residents, there are pandas everywhere, even on the buses!!

And for all you ‘tin loving’ girls take a look at this!!!!!

Well if you are still here thanks, it has been quite a long post!

We had a lovely time in Edinburgh, it is a great city and well worth a visit!

My highlight of the trip ???

It has to be this truly amazing beautiful boy!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks for visiting! 🙂

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Jane September 4, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Oh Vivienne what a lovely post. We have visited Edinburgh just the once, it really is a superb city. What a view you had from your hotel. I agree re Zoos but I do think these days they are working hard with breeding programmes and conservation. The Pandas are just adorable and I squealed when I saw that tin….you lucky girl, it’s gorgeous. The sun is out here and we are heading to 24c..yipee, hope it is shining for you,
Jane x

Jill September 4, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Great photos, Vivienne. Looks like you had a fab break. It’s been years since my last visit to Edinburgh, which is a shame because it’s such a beautiful place. What a treat seeing the Pandas – I remember watching a programme about them being brought to Edinburgh Zoo and how they struggled to source enough Bamboo to keep them fed. They are gorgeous creatures aren’t they? Fingers crossed they manage to have little baby Pandas – How cute would they be? x

Margaret September 4, 2012 - 1:25 pm

What a great post Vivienne. Thank you for the tour of Edinburgh.
I don’t think I have been there since I went on a school trip.
I would have loved to look through the vintage emporium. What were the prices like?
Fantastic that you got to see the pandas – love your panda tin 🙂

simone September 4, 2012 - 2:40 pm

I really must visit Edinburgh one day for the shops, the culture and even the zoo! The panda’s look adorable. I have mixed feelings about zoos too. I think they have changed a lot from when I was small. I remember years ago watching animals in concrete enclosures with little to stimulate them. Thank goodness it isn’t like that in the UK anymore. That is a lovely tin by the way. I am sure I would appreciate the contents too!!! x

Susan September 4, 2012 - 8:59 pm

Such a wonderful Edinburgh post Vivienne…..I haven’t had the privilege of visiting yet and have so enjoyed my trip with you today!….Oh my, the panda pics are amazing!
Thank you too for advice about Mrs Peacock….everything seems to make so much sense and fit together now!
Speak soon,
Susan x

Susana September 4, 2012 - 9:39 pm

Hola Vivienne. Que recuerdos tan bonitos me traen tus fotos de Edimburgo, tengo que volver con mi marido y mi hijo pronto¡¡¡

Stephanie September 4, 2012 - 10:25 pm

I am so touched that the highlight, I think it is true to say, of your stay were the pandas, Vivienne. Such beautiful pictures of these superb animals. Bravo to your husband: I am also a little in awe of the Harry Potter birthplace restaurant. I have enormous respect for good writers and, whilst I love writing in cafés, I think that people who can produce such quality whilst sipping coffee amidst the chatter of others are truly amazing!

Thank you so much for sharing these informative – I have never visited Edinburgh, sniff, sniff – and beautiful pictures.

Christina September 5, 2012 - 12:52 am

Awwww!!!! That is a gorgeous boy! I agree with you on zoos – they pull at the heart strings, but everyone in your Photos seem happy. Thanks for sharing your trip. I’d love to visit one day. xo

Amanda September 5, 2012 - 1:05 am

Amazing!!! Panda’s are jaw dropping awesome. I feel the way you do about some zoo’s but usually you can tell when they don’t have the best interest of the animals.
That department store – I don’t think I would ever want to shop anywhere else if they looked like that here.

AbbeyLynn September 5, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Wow! the buildings are gorgeous. Nothing like we have in the U.S. Thank you for the lovely views.

Anne September 5, 2012 - 10:22 pm

What a grand visit to Edinburgh!! I’m glad you could see so many things during your stay. Do the “paper dove” banners in Jenners signify something special?? Adorable pandas! I’m not fond of zoos but I’d make an exception to see those pandas.
Thanks for sharing these highlights, Vivienne.

Anne x

Gill September 6, 2012 - 9:57 am

Looks like you had a great time there, so many different and exciting things going on, how did you pack it all in?!!!
I love the look of Edinburgh but we have never managed to visit yet, having only been to Scotland once – it is way near the top of my places to visit list now having seen all this, thankyou for sharing these great photos Vivienne!
Gill xx

Helen Philipps September 6, 2012 - 11:37 am

What a wonderful post, I so enjoyed all your Edinburgh photos, it was just like being back there!! It is a wonderful place, and you have captured it so well. I haven’t been to the zoo there, how lovely to see the beautiful pandas!
Enjoy your week, the sun is beaming down here so I hope it is with you too 🙂
Helen x

Karen September 6, 2012 - 4:35 pm

A long but lovely post! Thanks for taking us to Edinburgh with you. I loved the little tour and this is a place I really hope I can visit someday! I have the same mixed feelings about zoos, but your animal photos are a delight and the pandas (and their names!!) -so gorgeous. Sunny greetings from Germany 🙂 xo karen

knitsofacto September 6, 2012 - 5:14 pm

There is a video on YouTube somewhere of someone playing with a bunch of Panda cubs on what looks like a children’s slide but I suspect was built for the purpose. They climb the steps and whoosh down, again and again, and watching it was delightful and humbling. Such incredible creatures 🙂

Looks like you had a wonderful time Vivienne 🙂

Pomona x September 6, 2012 - 7:01 pm

What a lovely holiday! Especially the pandas … It is very many years since I have been to Edinburgh – it is a lovely place.

Pomona x

Madelief September 6, 2012 - 8:25 pm

Beautiful photographs of Edinburgh Vivienne. It brought back lots of good memories. I was last there more than 25 years ago with my husband. Like you we enjoyed it very much.

Have a lovely evening,

Madelief x

Robin September 6, 2012 - 11:45 pm

Vivienne, What a beautiful post. You sure did fit a lot into your holiday. It looks so amazing and that hotel looks like a dream, and the department store! What a fabulous zoo. I love the baby boy too! I want one, could it stay that size??

Oh, it was exciting to see where Harry Potter was dreamt up! I think what I thought was your hotel may have been your view but still AMAZING : )

debbie @ happy little cottage September 7, 2012 - 12:02 am

What a lovely city!! And how lucky to see a Panda Bear!! I especially love the panda with the tartan scarf….

Patty September 7, 2012 - 11:31 am

Hi Vivienne, it was lovely to see your Edinburgh pics, I’ve only been as a child and I think I’d really appreciate it now, it looks fab with so much to see and do and shop and eat!
The pandas are gorgeous, how lucky to get such great photos and to spend some time in their company. I’m with you on the zoo issue, was never that keen but if we don’t have the zoos like Edinburgh that are trying to make a difference, then certain species will have no chance of survival. I do hope they succeed in breeding some more pandas.
Have a good weekend, hope the sun is out for you x

tinajo September 7, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Wow – such a place! I hope to see it in real life one day, but until then your pics will do fine! 🙂

julietwilson September 8, 2012 - 11:14 am

lovely photos of Edinburgh! I have reservations about zoos too but most of the animals at Edinburgh Zoo seem happy enough (apart from some of the big cats). I did as you did though and put all reservations aside to see the Giant Pandas who are amazing!


Harmony and rosie September 9, 2012 - 8:01 am

So glad you had a wonderful break, beautiful photos and what a varied and packed schedule you had. Ah, those pandas, they are utterly beautiful. So sad they are on the decline, I have mixed feelings on zoos too but lets hope Edinburgh’s pandas can come up with the goods 😉
Kate x

Victoria September 16, 2012 - 3:29 pm

I love Edinburgh and it’s been far too long since I was last there. I spent a year there whilst doing a post-grad degree and I loved it! Your lovely photographs make me think a weekend away may be in order some time soon…
Victoria x

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