The birthplace of Harry Potter

Regardless of any age, you surely have heard of J.K. Rowling, the author of “Harry Potter“. If you go down Southbridge it is hard to miss the red building to your left, called: “The Elephant House“, which is the place where Rowling got inspired to write her stories about young Wizards attending school in an […]

Regardless of any age, you surely have heard of J.K. Rowling, the author of “Harry Potter“. If you go down Southbridge it is hard to miss the red building to your left, called: “The Elephant House“, which is the place where Rowling got inspired to write her stories about young Wizards attending school in an old, mysterious Castle called Hogwarts. That is why this Café is also called “The birthplace of Harry Potter“. Hopefully this sounds interesting enough to you to go in. You might wonder why elephants inspired today´s second richest woman in Scotland (on a list right below the Queen) to write such an anti-elephanitc story. That is because it was not the cafe´s – still present – elephants that inspired her, but the unique, undisturbed and incredible viewpoint of the Castle, situated on the remnants of a volcano formed 340 milllion years ago. This looks impressively dangerous but still secure, with the graveyard in front of it – leading the observers view up the hill.

After this impressive break it is hard to be surprised by anything more picturesque. Nevertheless you should give it a try and therefore visit the “National Gallery of Scotland“, which is on Princes Street – near the Scott´s Monument. Depending on how interested you are in Scotland´s pretigious national collection, including European art from the 16th until 19th centuries and early Italian and Dutch paintings up to 1530, this tour takes from half an hour to 2 hours. If your feet already hurt and you feel the need to sit down you can also use the IT-Gallery and explore the collections using a new, modern and innovative touch-screen computer.

The chances of taking your tourist tour on a Tuesday are approximately 1 to 7. If it is a Tuesday, you should end the day with a Ceileidh Dance Course at Grass Market, accompanied by live Folkmusic (including a Fiddle, Drums and surely an Accordeon). This is an introduction into the Scottish Folkdance, mostly attended by groups, couples, friends, singles and above all tourists as well as locals. Especially if you forgot to bring a partner along with you, the old, renovated church crowded with people of the average age of 23 might – in the beginning – rather evokes the impression of a “SingleMarket or Speed dating“. However, there are lots of group dances that get even the stiffest and most moody person to laugh, dance, clap their hands, be happy and forget all their doubts of dancing in front of strangers – because actually you dance with them. Moreover it is not the normal, traditional standard dance or disco dance which you might imagine, it is much more a running, interaction and circling each other around, with the purpose to shout out loud full of happiness and to have a jolly-good time. And beyond any doubt: it is hardly that easy to laugh and have a good time with a lot of open-minded people in a good mood. And if you still not feel the need to dance – you can also just sit down, have a beer, watch from the first floor and reflect the day.
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