Edinburgh Journals

Edinburgh - A Capital City

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A January 2003 trip to Edinburgh by Drever

Kings Bar Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland More Photos
Quote: My first visit to Edinburgh was as a teenager when I attended a garden party at Holyrood Palace hosted by the Queen. Later I went to university there and I continue to visit.

Edinburgh - A Capital City

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Overview

Edinburgh Castle Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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My first visit to Edinburgh was as a callow youth who had been chosen to be among a group of Commonwealth Youth who was to meet the royal family. Rather more interesting than the normal tourist wander around the palace. Now just up from the palace, another monumental building is taking place that will house the Scottish Parliament. Between Edinburgh Castle on the rock and the palace is the medieval Royal Mile with its historic buildings and pricey shops. During my university days I stayed within walking distance of Princess Street. I still like a stroll along Princes Street for it is among the most majestic streets in the world. It has the glorious Scott Monument, magnificent Edinburgh Castle, a...Read More

Kings Bar

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Restaurant | "The Kings Bar"

Kings Bar Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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My wife, daughter, son, and I had been at a musical at the Playhouse. Afterwards, we decided to have a meal at the Bruntsfield Hotel, near where my son lives. I was familiar with the hotel, having lived nearby during my student days. The hotel has changed hands since then and is now a Best Western. It is a beautiful, traditional Edinburgh Victorian townhouse converted into a hotel. Like the other 19th-century buildings lining the street, this four-story hotel is built of regular blocks of honey-colored sandstone. It overlooks Bruntsfield Links--possibly the world's oldest golf course. Situated...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2003

Kings Bar
69 Bruntsfield Pl.
Edinburgh, Scotland
0131 229 1393

Playhouse Theatre

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Attraction

Playhouse Theatre Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Although frosty, the queue outside the Playhouse Theatre was already quite long when we arrived. Everyone already had tickets but the business of filing slowly into the theatre and taking seats took time. Like my family, they had come to see a performance during the Scot's New Year break. It has become something of a tradition with us, even though it means driving 80 miles to Edinburgh. Most of the big West End London hits appear here at some point, so it always seemed worth it--this year was Miss Saigon's turn. The Playhouse, a short stroll down Leith Walk from Edinburgh's city center, see...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2003

Playhouse Theatre
18-22 Greenside Place
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 3AA
0131 524 3335

National Museum of Scotland

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Attraction | "Museum of Scotland"

National Museum of Scotland Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Approaching the Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, I reflected that its structure has echoes of Scottish castles and defensive brochs. Its cathedral grade cement gives it religious connotations. Its setting in the old town of Edinburgh is itself historical. The museum contains the history of Scotland – the beginnings at level 0. The birth was protracted, stretching over millions of years. Six hundred and fifty million years ago icebergs in southern seas growled around and over Scotland. The rocks bear witness. Over geological time, continents drifted like iceflows - joining and breaking up. Gradually Scotland migrated northwards. The Iapetus Ocean tossed and foamed between the con...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2003

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1JF
0300 123 6789

Museum of Childhood

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Attraction

Museum of Childhood Photo, Edinburgh, Scotland
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In Hyndland''s Close on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, which runs between the castle and Holyrood Palace, my wife and I visited the Museum of Childhood. We expected to have a quiet look around but parents were shouting excitedly: I had one of those! I used to play with that! We have one of those in the attic! Squeals of pleasure and excitement rang around the five galleries--the children were noisy too! The Museum of Childhood is guaranteed to appeal to mums, dads, kids and skinflints - admission is free. It was the first of its kind when it opened in 1955. It was a pioneering, imaginative and popular idea by an Edinburgh Councillor--surely not? The brainchild of Pat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2003

Museum of Childhood
42 High Street
Edinburgh, Scotland EH1 1TQ
+44 131 529 4142