Barrel of Laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe

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So after my mini Euro Trip, we decided to go for a quick weekend up to Edinburgh, to see if some quick wit and sharp one liners, would help beat the post-holiday blues… Going up by train was super convenient and very fast.Edinburgh’s train station is right at its center, and so when we stepped off the train, we were overwhelmed by the amount of people and in this way it really felt as if we were at the heart of all the action .  The journey was really pleasant. We had a lovely views of the sea that I enjoyed whilst I listened to the people behind me talk. At first their voices were just background noise and then as the story progressed, my ears pricked up and I followed with closer attention. It turned out that one of the men was a descendent of Fabergé’s partners, who fled the Russian Revolution and had come to live in England. Now Fabergé’s jewel encrusted eggs are some of the most precious and most valuable objects in the world. The man admitted to having some small ones at home, including one that his mother used to wear around her neck on a gold chain. The story which ensued really felt as if it had been taken from someone’s worst nightmare. One day, on her way to work,  his mother noticed that the necklace and million pound egg had come off. In a panic she retraced her steps and found nothing. In a last desperate attempt to recover this priceless heirloom, she went to the bus depot and asked to look at the bus in which she had gone to work. After patiently waiting for it to return to the parking, she ran inside to where she had been sat. There, wedged in between the two seats, was a crumpled little gold chain and little golden egg. I didn’t know who to feel more sorry for, the stupid egg woman, who thought that the egg would be safer with her than in a vault…or the person who was sitting next to her and decided not to pick it up or take it home, because it could have been a bomb…

OR ME…Because now I realize that all I have ever wanted is a jewel encrusted egg…and it seems that I am the only person on this train that doesn’t have one…

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Here are some of the pictures that I took with my parents. I loved walking around the center. There were so many people and the crowds spilled out from bars and open air comedy shows. Pubs and clubs all had signs with the daily comedy schedules. Men in kilts played bagpipes outside of some of the nicest hotels and I loved the Harris Tweed shops, such as Walker Slater, that sold beautiful jackets and tartan blankets. Each clan has their own one and it was fun trying to find my family’s own, being that I am a quarter Scottish. One of Edinburgh’s most imposing landmarks is the Scott Monument and is the largest in the world to a writer. It is made out of sandstone and stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposite the Jenners department store on Princes Street and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named for one of Walter Scott’s novels. The tower  has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 287 steps and those who climb the steps can obtain a certificate commemorating their achievement.

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For me one of the best things that we did that weekend was to go for a walk up Carlton Hill to the Royal Observatory. From there you can get a great view of the city and also of the Queen’s Castle and Royal Residence, Balmoral. You can also get up and personal with the Nelson Monument and its dropping ball. I had been there a few times before, once for New Year’s Eve, as its a great place to watch the fireworks and also once for a sunrise whiskey when my brother got married. We didn’t have time to do  everything this time so hopefully we will be able to go back soon!DSC_1032

In the meantime here are some of my favorite jokes from this year’s fringe:

1. “I’ve decided to sell my hoover…well, it was just collecting dust.” – Tim Vine

2. ” I did a gig at a fertility clinic. I got a standing ovulation” – Tim Vine

3. “Always leave them wanting more, my uncle used to say to me. Which is why he lost his job in disaster relief.” – Mark Watson

4. “I wanted to do a show about feminism. But my husband wouldn’t let me.”  – Ria Lina

5. “Miley Cyrus. You know when she was born? 1992. I’ve got condiments in my cupboard older than that.” – Lucy Beaumont

6. “You have to be careful in my country because we have bad cars and good wine, a dangerous combination.” – Francesco De Carlo

Laugh???? Eeek… I am almost pissed myself!!!! ;P

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16 thoughts on “Barrel of Laughs at the Edinburgh Fringe

      1. Hmm well to be quite honest I didn’t get to explore nearly as much as I wanted. Plans went wrong and I only got to be there for a day 😦 But of course I went to The World’s End, sort of the thing to do, and ate some haggis, which I loved. Then from there I just walked around and explored. No tours or museums – just got lost in the city, although I am bummed I didn’t make it to Arthur’s Seat. Enjoyed the Fringe culture and just did some people watching. So that would be my recommendation for you – just soak in the city, the culture, the people and get lost!

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      2. Hey! Thanks for your recommendations! I haven’t been to The World’s End or eaten haggis so will defo give that a try on my next trip! 🙂 I walked up Arthur’s Seat and it is lovely, but I can’t remember too much because I was quite young when I did it – but I went up Carlton Hill and that had some great views over the city! I agree with you, the atmosphere is the best and I love the Bagpipe players! Sorry for your plans didn’t work out well, and possibly on your next trip you will get to see some more! 🙂 Abi xxx

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  1. I knew it was bound to happen eventually. You have posted pics of some place I have visited. But, your post is missing one thing. 3 cool-sounding words that must be in any post about Edinburgh. “Firth of Forth” 🙂 BTW, my ancestors (Armstrong) are from Dunfermline, a mere stone’s throw away.

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    1. There are so many things in Scotland and Edinburgh that I haven’t seen. I have been up there a few times but mainly to visit relatives so site seeing takes a back seat. I would love to see the bridge and that is amazing that your ancestors came from Dunfermline. Did you enjoy your trip to Edinburgh when you went? Was it as good as you had hoped?

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      1. I really liked Edinburgh and nearby Scotland. I was at the tattoo at sunset at Edinburgh Castle, which was awesome. I also got around to St. Andrews and Stirling Castle. With the history and the culture, it was so much different from the U.S. and Canada. You could say I was dead chuffed to visit! 🙂

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      2. Wow that sounds amazing! I would love to see the Tattoo at Sunset, what a great idea! I love the streets of Edinburgh, they are so old, you are right, you can just feel the history of the place…I really want to do a ghost tour at night of it, although that may mean I won’t be able to sleep for the next 3 years…maybe not quite such a good idea! 😉 xxx

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    1. Hey! Oh! Wow! I hope you have an amazing time!!! I wasn’t there very long but I would definitely recommend walking around Old Town, Prince’s Street and the Royal Mile. Also check out the Scott Monument and you can take a quick walk up the Carlton Hill for a great view over the city. Check out Edinburgh Castle and you could do a night time ghost walking tour of the old city such as City of the Dead Tours. Eat Haggis at the World’s End and taste Whiskey at the Scotch Whiskey Experience. A great place to relax is the Botanical Gardens. I went to a really nice hotel for cocktails but I can’t remember the name now, but I can find some more stuff out tomorrow and let you know :)) Hope this helps! ❤ Abi xxx

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    1. Aw thank you! Yes I am sure it does (sometimes…perhaps…there was a rumour once…). The sun didn’t come out when we were there this time, but when my brother got married I can remember that it was sunny when we took the pictures outside in the gardens 😉 Abi xxx

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