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Report 136: Edinburgh in Two

By Alice Twain from Italy, Summer 2003

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Page 2 of 10: Chapter I. Travel and lodging

On July 29 we left for Edinburgh. We found a decent offer from Milano Orio al Serio (actually, it used to be Bergamo Orio al Serio) to Edinburgh, with a plane change in Birmingham with Fly Be (www.flybe.com), a low cost British airline that, while not a cheap as, for instance, Ryanair, allowed us to fly straight to Edinburgh, instead of having to fly to some other town and than take a train or bus to Edinburg. The ticket price, including taxes and all, was 165 euro per person, half as much as Luca had spent 7 years before for his previous Scottish holiday (in May!).

On the way back to Milano both our flights were slightly delayed for unknown reasons, but belonging to the same airline it wasn't a problem, since the second airplane would have waited for us, the only problem we had is that on the Birmingham-Milano flight we were assigned to two different rows, we could fix the problem asking the crew members, who provided to move Luca in an empty seat beside me after we were on board.

On arrival we reached our B&B: Villa Nina, a small and cheapish B&B in the Bruntsfeld area, not far from the Brunstfeld Links (a park), and with quite a few restaurants and cheaper places where to eat nearby. Villa Nina is run by an Italian-Spanish couple (Bruno and Rosa Cecco) who, beside English, Italian and Spanish, also speak French and maybe a little German; they both had worked in large and prestigious hotels, so the services offered by them and the level of cleanliness of both rooms and bathrooms was excellent.

The breakfast, served each day from 8 until 9 am, is freshly cooked, and, despite neither Luca nor me ever had the strength to eat a cheese omelette at 8:30 am (BURP!), all the other guests really appreciated them, so I guess they were good. One double room for the hottest tourists period of Edinburg (early August is when the Fringe Festival starts) costed us 48 pounds per night (one night was paid in advance). No room has a private bathroom, but all have basin and shower and the communal toilet (2 toilets for 6 rooms) and is cleaned several times a day by Rosa, so even if we were forced to share that very important piece of the house with strangers, we always found it spotlessly clean. Rosa and Bruno also turned out to be two very nice, friendly and helpful people.

Rating: **** Rating: ***

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