I Want to Explore... Edinburgh!

Ever since a red-glass-of-wine fuelled chat with my friend Kirsten about her year of studying in Edinburgh, I am just itching to go there! It sounds fantastic, like a smaller, more natural, London. The capital city of rustic, rugged Scotland, its historical, mountainous beauty is framed with a gorgeous coastline and there's something so deeply appealing to me about the cobbled streets and crumbling castle. Yes, it's cold.. but quite frankly I feel that all the elements I mentioned wouldn't be what they are in hot, sunny weather. They wouldn't be.. well... Scottish!Once termed, the 'Athens of the North', it was a part of the Enlightenment (acc to Wikipedia: "The Age of Enlightenment (or simply the Enlightenment) is the era in Western philosophy and intellectual, scientific and cultural life, centered upon the eighteenth century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source for legitimacy and authority.") and has since become synonymous with art, music and creativity. The annual Edinburgh Festival attracts thousands of people to the city in August and it is The largest cultural event in the world. (New goal for 2011- get there!)

Here are some pics to show you what I mean...

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Thanks to Kirsten for most of these great photos! Och aye :)