Edinburgh is definitely my favorite European city!, it is a magical place. I was amazed by how well preserved this city is. Walking through the streets make you feel like time has not passed in this site.
We had just a day here, so schedule was tide: Our day started going through Calton Hill, then walking through the New Town and finishing in the Old Town. All of these three places are declares as UNESCO world Heritage Sites.
Edinburgh is build on Seven Hills, the Calton Hill is one of them. It has one of the most photographed views of Edinburgh, and it contains several monuments such as the City Observatory, the Nelson Monument, The Old Royal Highschool, or the National Monument, popularly called “Scotland’s Disgrace”. Actually, this last one caught my attention because all the city is very consistent in its architecture… but this monument is an incomplete Parthenon in a middle of a Scottish Hill… not exactly what you are expecting to find. And well, this monument was build on 1826 as a monument to the soldiers that died on the Napoleonic wars (1803-1815). It was intended to be a replicate of the Parthenon, indeed, but they ran out of resources and left it unfinished in 1829. Due to this, people from Edinburgh often call it “Scotland’s disgrace”.
At the east of the Hill, the iconin Princess Street is located. This street is part of the The New Town, on the other side, is considered a master piece of city planning and it also has perfectly preserved much of original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture from the 18 and 19 centuriers.
Walking through Princes street we turned into the North Bridge. The North Bridge runs from the New Town to the Old town. While walking through the bridge, there is a building in the corner that pops out because of its magical sign “The Scostsman”, in golden color. This building is the former house of the Scottish newspaper “The Scostsman”. This is a magical iconic building constructed in 1900, and from this year until 2001, the newspaper offices where located here. In this same year, the building was renovated into the Scotsman Hotel. Nowadays, the hotel preservers pretty much of the original essence, such as its golden characteristic name in the front.
The Old Town is the oldest part of Edinburgh and this area has preserved much of its medieval and Reformation-era buildings. This area is so picturesque: the main street, The Royal Mile, lead to the seat of the Edinburgh Castle, just at the top of the Castle Rock, a volcanic plug just in the middle of Edinburgh.
As a true Harry Potter fan, I couldn’t avoid following some of the steps of J.K. Rowling back in the days. I visited the famous Greyfiars Kirkyard, established in the 16th century. This Kirkyard serves as inspiration to J.K. Rowling for some of the Harry Potter names, or at least that is what people like to believe. Some of the graves coincidentally have names like William McGonagall or Thomas Riddle. This Kirkyard does not seems that spooky on a sunny day, but I must admit it has a haunted feeling. From some parts of the Kirkyard you are able to see Edinburgh Castle… and the quidditch field, ejhem.. yes. Well in fact, this “quidditch field” is a temporary institution for military training in Edinburgh.
We also visited the Potterow Port, in the University of Edinburgh’s campus. This specific place was the inspiratio for the scene in which Harry and Dudley (the lovely cousins) were followed by dementors.
The thing that moves you the most, in Edinburgh, is how all of their buildings are so perfectly preserved. The city preserves its magic, and its very own escence. Nothing seems to pre-fabricated, or elbaorated for tourist, is just as it was. Ironically, this day i had one of the worst sore throat I’ve had in years. I walk trough Edinburgh for half of a day and then I began to feel fiber, so I had no other option than to rest. I missed a lot from the city of course, but It just took me half of a day in Edinburgh to fall in love with this place.