At the beginning of the month we made a weekend trip to Edinburgh. This was my first visit to this beautiful city and I don’t think it will be my last. We were so lucky with the weather, only rained twice in the daytime! The view from Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill were memorable. Holyrood Palace and the view of Arthur’s Seat was magnificent. The hidden back streets obliviously inspired J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the cobbled streets reminded me of Riga Old Town. On every corner, there is shops selling whisky, cashmere, Harris Tweed, tartan scarves and Kilts. You even have Christmas Shops! If you visit the city you have to make a trip to the Zoo and see the only giant pandas in Great Britain. One of my favourite shops was Taste of Scotland, selling novelty whisky, crystal glasses, chocolate, soaps, fudge, teas, jams. I wanted to try the traditional dessert of cranachan but I couldn’t find it anywhere. We had to make our own version but we got home! One thing that has stayed with me was the smell of oats that surrounded the city from time to time!