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Monday, 25 June 2012
My Edinburgh Experience
Princes Street from Calton Hill
Yes, it is June and supposedly summer although, as everyone in the UK agrees, wind
and rain is not summer weather.But for
my few days in Edinburgh
the weather was benign.A few light
showers on one day but otherwise pleasant for walking.There are hop-on-hop-off tours available for
those with mobility problems or with limited time and making their first trip
capital. The rest of us wear out our shoe leather.
My first time in Edinburgh
was in the late 1960s when I lived there for a short time.In those days traffic was not a problem.You could drive from home to the office and
park the car for free!Now traffic in Edinburgh is the same as
any large city - far too much of it.
To ease congestion between Waverley Station and the airport a tram
system is being installed. Obviously residents and shopkeepers are unhappy with
the road works that this entails, but tourists take it in their stride.Once the work is complete and the trams glide
along Princes Street
everyone will be happy.
But, back to 'what I did on my holiday' - to paraphrase the teachers'
favourite post-summer holiday essay subject.
The National Monument on Calton Hill.
I didn't go to Edinburgh Castle or Holyroodhouse
Palace as I know them
well.This time it was an occasion to
visit old haunts and do something I had never before done but always promised
myself I would.I climbed Calton Hill,
once (like the hill where the castle is located) a volcano and where the
monuments are.Actually it isn't as bad
as it sounds as, after climbing the first few steps off Waterloo Place, I then followed the
gently sloping path that winds its way around the hill.
From the north side are fantastic views of the Firth of Forth across to Fife.In other
directions can be seen the castle, Princes
Palace and Arthur's Seat
(another volcanic hill).On Calton Hill
are the Nelson Monument, the National Monument (in
honour of the soldiers killed in the Napoleonic wars), Rock House (home of the
19th century photographer David Octavius Hill) and the former City Observatory.
My old haunts included the Royal Botanic Gardens and the street called
Grassmarket.My memories of the latter
were of a large open space with pubs and a few shops. Now there are several
restaurants and, in the centre, is an area set aside for open air dining, seats
for relaxation and plenty of trees.A
I will write some articles to post on TheTraveleditor.com(www.thetraveleditor.com/authors/6261/Barbara_Bothwell/) - a case of
'watch that space'! There are already some articles on the site about Edinburgh
Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia
(moored at Leith docks) and the Queen Mum Memorial
Garden (plus other garden areas of Edinburgh).