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Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a hilly and picturesque city, with medieval buildings and cobblestone streets still intact in the city center. Connecting the winding streets are alleyways called closes and wynds that seem too narrow for even a horse and carriage to pass. In the center of the city, resting atop the remnants of an extinct volcano, is the Edinbugh Castle, parts of which date from the 12th century.
Before anything else, I'd like to show you five of my favorite photos:
Built upon this hill, on the east side of the city center, are the the City Observatory and various monuments, including the National Monument, modeled on the Acropolis but never finished, because of which Edinburgh is sometimes referred to as Athens of the North. The 360 degree view from the hill is incredible, containing the castle, old and new parts of the city, and the Firth of Forth, where the River Forth flows into the North Sea.
This castle and its grounds, overlooking the city of Edinburgh, were built starting in the 12th century,
though much of it is significantly newer. Regardless of your level of interest in Scotish royalty and
military history (the crown jewels and various museums are on-site), this castle is worth visiting for
the beautiful architecture and views of the city.
How wonderful it is to wander through the old town on cobblestone streets, through narrow closes and wynds, up mysterious stairwells, passing medieval buildings and squares and parts of the old wall that surrounded the city, catching glimpses of the castle and Calton Hill above the rooftops. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile (a well-known series of streets leading away from the castle), and environs.
Although newer than the Old Town, many buildings in the New Town date back as far as the 18th century. Good shopping, restaurants, and Georgian architecture can be found in the New Town. A short walk across a bridge from Old Town, this part of the city is also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier so devoted to his master that, when his master passed away in 1858, Bobby watched
over his grave until his own death 14 years later. Bobby was popular with the locals, and a statue to commemorate him was built one year after his death. (Bobby's story is reminiscent of that of the Akita Hachiko in Tokyo.)
This 200 foot tall monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott was built in the mid-19th century and has turned almost black over the years.
These photos were taken within a few hours of each other one afternoon -- showing how swiftly and dramatically the light can change in Edinburgh.
Princes Street Gardens
These extensive gardens sit between Old Town and New Town.
Old Calton Cemetery
Some famous people are buried here (see the list in the leftmost photo below), including
philosopher David Hume who was born and lived in Edinburgh.
St. Cuthbert's Parish Church
This church sits at the base of Castlehill.
Kilts are worn by, among others, bagpipe players (which I knew) and rugby fans (which I didn't know).
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Eve Andersson (email@example.com)
I love the story of Bobby. I have a Wee Cairns Terrier,That,with his shaggy coat, He is the "Splitting" image of Bobby,and I love him tae Bits, and it's returned tae me.
Edinburgh, (or Auld Reekie,)or even the whole o' Scotland is my otherHome, ( Please excuse the writing,as I'm trying to write and talk and spell in the old Scotts language, plus the Scottish Gaelic, which is different from the Irish and at time's I get mixed up )and tae be honest,Between you and me, I like the way the Scottish People talk. You all way's know when you're in good company ))
I love Edinburgh, The People, The Odd Hielander, The Castle's, The Kilt's , The Food/Drink, The Place, The Stories, The Closes, The Music (Espically the Pipes )
For me and My wife, Edinburgh,is the perfect place tae have a holiday, Nae matter what the weather is like, There is allways, Allways some thin' to dae an' sae. I'm part Scott any way, I wish every Part was, However,We love it and We'll allways love it.
ALBA Gu Bráth
-- derick robins
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