Leaving Brisbane via Sydney, we flew Business with Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com to Edinburgh with a quick stop in Doha. Last year we flew to the UK First class with British Airways and we found Business Class with Qatar superior to First Class with BA. Service and comfort were excellent and the lounge in Doha was among the best in the world. We slept most of the way which meant we arrived feeling fresh and ready to enjoy our holiday from day one. We plan to be way for seven weeks on this trip, exploring Scotland in some depth.
We have a number of home exchanges lined up for this trip which is exciting. Our first house swap hosts greeted us at Edinburgh airport and took us to their lovely comfortable apartment in the centre of Edinburgh. It is an easy walk to the main street, Princes Street. And there are local shops for everything we need. The house itself is very comfortable and rather plush with many appliances including not only the normal fridge and freezer, but also two wine fridges, one for white and one for red and a special cheese fridge.
Edinburgh is a city on a number of levels and an old and new town. We are in the new town which is Georgian and most buildings were built in the 1800s. The old town has buildings dating back to much earlier periods.
We spent our first day walking around exploring the local area and shopping for essentials. We are lucky in that we have arrived in time for the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival www.edinburghjazzfestival.com . We spent Saturday afternoon in the Grassmarket area of the old town listening to lots of free Jazz and enjoying the ambience, the joy of the crowd, and the company of old friends as you can see from the photo.