Back in December 2004, Greg and I celebrated Hogmanay on Princes Street in Edinburgh. We had secured tickets for the Hogmanay party through a ballot and booked our flights from Birmingham to spend a few days in Scotland to see in the new year. It was a very special trip for us as at the top of the Ferris Wheel, when it was drizzling with rain and blowing a gale, that Greg asked me to spend the rest of our lives together and I said “yes”.
Edinburgh for me is a city full of memories; the choppy landing as our tiny propeller powered plane battled against the wind to land at the airport, the morning we spent climbing the Royal Mile to go and explore Edinburgh Castle, hearing the One O’clock gun as we stood and watched the ships sailing in the Forth in the distance (if my memory serves me right). My fiancé won me the biggest Tigger stuffed toy on a stall in Princes Street Gardens and I had the best cherry crepe I have ever tasted as we watched people ice skate on the rink.
The Hogmanay party was brilliant with plenty of laughter, live music and loud fireworks. We have no recollection of getting back to our hotel but woke up happy on New Year’s Day to snow covered hills in the distance and a new shiny engagement ring on my ring finger of my left hand.
We didn’t get chance to do everything we wanted to do in Edinburgh during that break. We would have loved to visit the Zoo and check out the distilleries. We have always talked about going back and this year, as we celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary I would really love to go back and explore the city once more.
We hope to go back with our four year old Son as we travel as a family these days. Our travel budget is quite limited but we have found some great prices for Edinburgh hotels. We stayed in a budget hotel back then which was comfortable and convenient for our needs but this time around we’d like a more centrally located hotel with a family friendly focus so we can relax in an evening and soak up the Scottish atmosphere.
We would love to re-trace our steps, visit the café on Princes Street where we had afternoon tea, jump back on the bus for a city sightseeing tour and take a train back to the retail park next to our hotel where on New Year’s Day, we ended up bowling because the snow had hindered our plans to travel to see the New Years Day run at historic Arthur’s Seat.
Edinburgh has a very special place in my heart. It was the place where my future as Mrs Shilton began and I have never looked back. I can’t wait to go back and see how it’s changed and make more memories with my boys in the city where our future began.
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