Edinburgh Up Close

Edinburgh may not be a very big city like other European capitals, but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. There are still an endless number of things to do and see. Of course, depending on the duration of your stay, you will only manage to experience so many things. But then, even for […]

Edinburgh may not be a very big city like other European capitals, but that doesn’t mean it has less to offer. There are still an endless number of things to do and see. Of course, depending on the duration of your stay, you will only manage to experience so many things. But then, even for those who spend a longer period of time in Edinburgh, there is always something left to discover. To find some of Edinburgh’s gems, you just have to LOOK AROUND sometimes, and look closely. Instead of focusing on your every step on the cobble-stoned pavement of the Royal Mile, look left and right and enter one of the closes. Some of them might look insignificant, but you never know what you will find – and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the beautiful courtyards or views that are hidden behind the line of houses.

When you walk along Princes Street, don’t just go from shop to shop, however much you love shopping. Why not sit down in Princes Street Gardens and take in the view? Sitting on one of the upper terraces, you are in the perfect position to gaze down on the rest of the park with its beautiful lush lawns, trees and flowerbeds. Should you decide to sit further down, look up and marvel at the Old Town up on the hill and the bridges and buildings surrounding the gardens. The perspective adds even more impressiveness to the imposing structures. When you are high up, standing on Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat for instance, you can get a great overview of Edinburgh. Even from that far up you might see something that is worth taking a closer look at and keep it in mind for further exploration.

Looking up or down is always a good idea. Imagine not looking up while in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery and missing out on the frieze and the painted ceiling. Or imagine just walking over mosaics or quotes, like those along parts of the Water of Leith inscribed on the ground, when they are so worth reading. Even when you are walking down the street, say Hanover Street, and you already have plans for lunch, don’t just rush about, but peek down into one of the cellar restaurants and maybe try one of those instead. It is absolutely worth searching around for a while to end up at places like Tani Modi and Bar Napoli on Hanover Street. You will be so much happier having seen some of the less obvious aspects of Edinburgh.

Look Around
by Team CTR Edinburgh, text for Look Around by Carina Rong
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