Thursday, July 03, 2014

April 2013: Pottering around the Old Town in Edinburgh

So went for a walk around town early morning while the kids were sleeping away like puppies

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  the place we were staying was full of book shops and maps and photo and picture shows, what a lovely place

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hello there castle.

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ok, hmmmm…ok…

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that's a funny old staircase… another set of lovely stairs..

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lovely old windows

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i wouldn't mind actually.. :)

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looking back the way I came

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old old buildings…

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it does look a bit mouldy and depressing with the colour of the stone… The Magdalene Chapel

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Beautiful bridges..

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you see the most amazing sights…check out these stained glass windows…

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and then this tower with strange protuberances…

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long narrow streets..

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Fallen Angel…a church converted into a club called as Sin…good…

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More tenements. 

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hmmmm, RLS had his eye out all right on the sight…for me in the morning it was all quiet

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then this building next to the bridge…fascinating story on the walls itself

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old old notices…

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With a bar at the bottom. 

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And then on the walls, you had these boards.

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I quote: “A pub well worth visiting, not just for the beer and atmosphere but for a slice of local history. Plaques on both sides of the building tell the story of its past occupants. Beginning in 1786, they have included, among others, a banker (1789), a haberdasher (1794), a flaxdryer (1795), a printer (1820), a leather merchant (1826), a tailor (1853), a dye and ink manufacturer (1861), a pawnbroker (1880), a rag merchant and confectioner (1889) and an accountant (1901). A Mr. Bannerman bought the property in 1979 and the name has stuck.”

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Looking up…you can just imagine the centuries of teeming families who lived here…no elevators of plumbing either..

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the place has been repaired

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and here’s the cow coming out…

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another mysterious cobbled street.

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steam emerging from the boiler exit…

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the gate is closed by this bike lock???

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very austere church, this St. Patrick’s church…

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hmmm, curious windows..

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the walls are weeping? 

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I reach the Scottish Parliament grounds…the Arthur’s the background.  photo 122-IMG_1973_zps90f72739.jpg

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A boarded up building…

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amen bro

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and i come to an end…

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