Saturday, 28 November 2009

Another trip to Edinburgh

31st October 2009

Elaine's friend Jurg has been in the UK touring with the Cape Town Opera Company where he plays a policeman in Porgy and Bess. We decided that we would go and see the last night of the production in Edinburgh so we booked tickets and a hotel room and looked forward to spending some more time in Scotland.

When we arrived at our hotel we were delighted to be told that we had been upgraded to a suite with views over Edinburgh Castle! The bathroom itself was bigger then most hotel rooms we have ever stayed in and came with a gigantic jacuzzi!

We spent an enjoyable evening taking full advantage of our new found luxury!

On Saturday morning we met Jurg on the Royal Mile for coffee before heading off to walk around Calton Hill to enjoy the view over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. Elaine and I even managed to find room to stand on top of the trig point together to get a better view!

As Jurg headed off to get ready for the day's matinee performance we went back to the Royal Mile to meet another of Elaine's childood friends, Pieter who lives in Edinburgh now with his Scottish wife Gillian. We had a lovely few hours in the local cafes and bars before saying our goodbyes and heading back to the hotel to get ready for our first opera!!

A quick wash and change later and we were sitting in an Italian restaurant over the road from the Royal Festival Theatre. We ate up and took our seats just before the curtain came up. We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience of opera and it appeared that the rest of the audience did as well judging by the standing ovation at the end. On a personal note we thought tht Jurg was very convincing as a 1970s SA policeman and looked very comfortable with a gun in his hand!

And so the curtain fell on another enjoyable visit to this fabulous city. By Sunday evening we were back home happy and tired.

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