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Holiday on Gran Canaria: The Journey

Last year Silke and I focused our time and resources on finding a new home. But this year it was time for another nice holiday trip. After looking at various nice locations like Crete we decided to visit Gran Canaria.

Because we both don’t like getting up in the middle of the night to catch our plane my wife booked a flight in the afternoon. Like our flight to Tenerife it was operated by Monarch Airlines. As we had forgotten to book seats with extra legroom online in time we asked while checking in our luggage. We were very lucky and got seats in row 4 for free. Row 4 turned out to be quite spacious and is part of the so called extra legroom seats. After a quiet and pleasant flight with excellent sight most of time we arrived at the Gran Canaria Airport. The airport building was nice and clean and we managed to get through the passport controls and baggage reclaim in less than 15 minutes.

After finally finding our rental car (a Volkswagen Polo as he had hoped for) in the spacious multi-storeycar park we took off to the hotel. After driving for about half an hour we found the hotel after a minor detour. We were greeted by a member of staff driving around on a Segway. He arranged the transport of our luggage and showed me where to par the car. We marveled at the impressive hotel building for a moment and finally entered.

Edinburgh Castle

As I was feeling much better this morning my wife and I decided to resume our original plan and visit the castle today. Instead of walking up the Royal Mile we approached from Grassmarket. This provided us with an impressive view of the castle from below.

Edingburgh Castle

After climbing up a lot of stairs we reached the Esplanade and entered the castle via the drawbridge. We went up the mainroad inside the castle to the gallery and were overwhelmed by the view.

View over the City

We spent many hours in the castle, observed the firing of the one o’clock gun, …

One O'Clock Gun

… admired the architecture, visited all the museums and exhibitions and finally took a look at the Honours of Scotland.

We had a really good time and can only recommend visiting the castle.

The Ten Hill Place Hotel

After an uneventful journey with easyJet from London Stansted my wife and I arrived in Edinburgh early in the afternoon. We took the Airlink 100 bus service from the aiport into the city centre. During the bus ride we enjoyed the view on the interesting mix of old and new architecture in the outskirts of Edingburgh. We finally left the bus at the stop next to the main train station.

After walking through the hilly city centre for about twenty minutes we arrived at the Ten Hill Place Hotel. It’s a modern building which blends in nicely with the surrounding old architecture. The interior decoration matches the elegant exterior.

Ten Hill Place Hotel

Besides that the hotel room provides services I fancy: a very comfortable bed, a nice bathroom, a flatscreen TV and last but not least free high-speed Internet access via ethernet.

After a relaxing break (we had after all to get up at 7:00 am on a bank holiday) we will now take off and have a closer look at the city.