The Elephant House Café & Greyfriars Kirkyard!

For lunch today i met up with a group of ladies from my flat for lunch at (you guessed it!) The Elephant House Café. Over cups of tea and coffee we gabbed about our love for all things Potter, marveling at the view of the castle from her customary chair. The food could have been horrendous and we’d have loved it (because, you know, Rowling). Much to our delight, though, the sandwiches and tea were all exquisite. The café is bathed in a warm light and bedazzled in elephants; everywhere, there are petit statues and large posters of the gentle mammal. It’s an eclectic and comfortable place to be – with tremendously reasonable prices for American exchange students trying to stretch the pound as far as it can go!

Having a cuppa where Jo used to dream up the inner-workings of Hogwarts, no big deal.

Having a cuppa where Jo used to dream up the inner-workings of Hogwarts, no big deal.

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the view from our table!

the view from our table!

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Afterwards, some of us went to explore the graveyard at Greyfriars Kirk where we’d heard a Tom Riddle was buried. The search was a long one, before we finally found the grave on a wall in the rear of the garden.

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I’ve always had a peculiar fondness for graveyards; they’re steeped in history, usually quiet, and endlessly inspiring. The search, then, for the mysterious Thomas Riddell was not at all unenjoyable – particularly because it was made in the company of new friends!

Besides, i even found a grave adjacent to Thomas’ with an Elizabeth Riddell. Perhaps Voldemort had a long-lost aunt bearing the same first name as me?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGreyfriars, the street, is most famous not for ancient relatives of You-Know-Who, as it turns out. At the helm of the road is a statue of a small Skye Terrier, Greyfriars Bobby, who loyally waited for his human every day even after the human had long died. Both the human, a man named John Gray, and the dog are buried in the kirkyard.

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bobby & john

 

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It was lovely to explore this little corner of Edinburgh – and especially to do so with new friends! Days like today, even when my toes go numb, are making me fall in love with this enchanting city.

current jam: ‘i will wait’ mumford & sons

best thing: new friends!

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5 thoughts on “The Elephant House Café & Greyfriars Kirkyard!

  1. Dawn Hykan says:

    Hi, I happened onto your blog when I googled Greyfriars Kirk. My son, a friend, and I traveled there in the beginning of June, 2013 as part of a high school graduation trip for my son. We too loved the graveyard and sitting in The Elephant House Cafe at the table J.K.Rowling gazed out and was inspired by the surroundings. My son and I had taken the Edinburgh Ghost tour the night before which ended in the kirkyard. It was wonderful to hear the tales of the people from so long ago. He mentioned the Tom Riddell grave, but we were unable to find it the next day. So I truly appreciate your wonderful pictures and the chance to relive that part of our trip. We live in Colorado and would go back in an instant to enjoy the beauty and grace of Scotland, England, and Ireland. Thanks for sharing. Dawn Hykan

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