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New Town - Edinburgh Part 2

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

Woohoo, thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my 1st blog about Edinburgh yesterday. I was so excited to read all your kind words as I opened my laptop this morning!

Today I am taking you to a different part of Edinburgh: New Town, built between 1765 and 1850. The style of its Georgian buildings and its atmosphere are very different from Old Town, very classical with perpendicular streets.

Yesterday, my blog ended in Princes' Street, which marks the beginning of New Town. The picture above is taken from a parallel street, George Street, well loved by shoppers! It shows St Stephen's Church (early 19th century) and some of New Town's buildings, North of Old Town. The first minister of St Stephen opened an evening school in the large vaulted cellars of the church for the education of the illiterate.

I loved the '2 levels' architecture throughout New Town. This is the best explanation I can give for taking several pictures showing basically the same thing! ;-)

Many of the shops were really lovely, quirky, with lots of vintage shops and art galleries...

... as well as the necessary pubs! Something tells me that some of these pubs must offer some great music, I must add that on the list of things to do if I go back one day!

Another very different area of New Town which I enjoyed as well were the mews, which originally provided stable lanes for larger homes, and are now beautifully refurbished. It had the most charming atmosphere!

But if you have been reading my blogs for a while you won't be surprised to know my favorite place of all in New Town were the Botanical Gardens!

Especially the 'wild' area giving an idea of the plants found in the West of Scotland. I want to go there now!

I am not usually a big fan of rock gardens, but the Botanical Gardens' one was gorgeous, with lots of variety and colors. I loved how the gardens were landscaped over hills, with lots of waterfalls, little bridges and all kinds of interesting things to look at.

We were lucky some of the famous rhododendrons weren't over yet.

There was also a handkerchief tree, very similar to the one I had admired in Greenwich a few weeks ago...

... and many other kinds of plants, more or less well known...

Those of you who have been to Edinburgh's Botanical Gardens might be disappointed we didn't go to the Glasshouses. We didn't have time. As the weather was really beautiful, we gave priority to the outside gardens.

There was also a fun encounter or two...

... and of course the gorgeous view on Edinburgh castle I already showed at the beginning of my previous blog.

Thank you so much again for all your encouragements and lovely comments! I'll do my best to post my next blog about Edinburgh very soon.

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P.S. For my other blogs about Edinburgh...
Old Town - Edinburgh Part 1:

Walking by the Water of Leith - Edinburgh Part 3:

A hike on the beach in North Berwick - Edinburgh Part 4:

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MARKATSPARK 7/30/2015 8:29PM


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AMBER461 6/1/2015 8:38PM

  Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing never mind it is a few years ago.

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CATNCAG 5/23/2014 9:59PM

    Beautiful! emoticon Claire!

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SUPERSYLPH 8/14/2013 10:24PM

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing your travels!

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NASFKAB 8/10/2013 6:10AM

  beautiful thanks

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CORNERKICK 7/15/2013 8:46PM

  Great pics. Thanks for sharing!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/14/2013 2:11PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for taking us on a tour!
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    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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GRAMPIAN 7/4/2013 6:34AM

  Interesting pictures.

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JANET1012 6/30/2013 6:40PM

    I visited Edinburgh in 1999 and probably will never get to go back, so I really enjoyed all your pictures and descriptions. Thanks SO much!!

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WRITERWANNAB 6/30/2013 12:32AM

    Wonderful photos & descriptions! Thank you! I've always wanted to go to Scotla emoticon nd.

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JDFAN448HS 6/29/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon emoticon Outstanding showing! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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LISALGB 6/26/2013 6:16PM

    The Botanical Gardens are lovely and so peaceful. No wonder you enjoyed it so much.
I would love to visit New Town. The little shops look like so much fun to explore. I am so happy you had a good time. I hope you get to return someday soon.

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SHANNONY84 6/26/2013 7:21AM

    Your pictures are just so beautiful!

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2WHEELER 6/25/2013 10:36AM

    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful!

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KAREN91 6/24/2013 10:13AM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for letting a Iowa Mom see the world! emoticon

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RENATA144 6/23/2013 6:35PM

  I Love these photos !!! emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 6/23/2013 3:41PM

    Ohhhhhhhhhh! Thank you for the picture tour!! What a beautiful place! I LOVE the two level houses - that was a really neat idea!! The building were just fascinating...but I especially loved the garden. Such amazing colors! Thank you so much (as always) for sharing your adventures!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 6/23/2013 5:36AM

    I emoticon your emoticon !!!

I've wanted to visit Scotland for years. Before I got laid off, I was looking into trips to Edinburgh. Thank you for the wonderful photo journal. Hopefully, if things go well with the new job, I will be able to go too.


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CLAIREINPARIS 6/23/2013 5:23AM

    FRANKLY5: No, I don't live in Edinburgh. I live in Paris. It was just a visit to Scotland for a long weekend.

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FRANKLY5 6/22/2013 7:22PM

    loved the photos. Do you actually get to live there? What fun! emoticon

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PYNETREE 6/22/2013 3:32PM

    emoticon Oh, Thank You so, for the Picture Tour!

Lovely shots, especially loved the gardens!

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RENATA144 6/22/2013 2:03PM

  Your beautiful photos almost make me feel like I'm there !!! emoticon emoticon

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SARAWALKS 6/22/2013 8:25AM

    Wow, you picked the perfect time to go, with so many flowers in bloom!
I rather like rock gardens but only if they have lots of flowers interspersed among the rocks - this is just perfect!
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LEANMEAN2 6/22/2013 7:22AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Beautiful pictures. This is the closest that I will every get to that part of the world.

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JUST_BRENDA 6/22/2013 5:37AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful adventure!!

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LITTLEIM 6/22/2013 4:18AM

    How lovely to see Edinburgh through the eyes of a visitor! I live in Edinburgh - in fact I was born here and, although I have lived in other cities in Scotland, I'm very happy to be here now. I hope you have met with friendliness from the people you encounter and enjoy your visit very much. You've taken some beautiful photographs and made me remember how attractive this place can be. Thank you for sharing.

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CLAYARTIST 6/21/2013 10:28PM

  I visited Edinburg in 1983, thank you for reminding me how much I like it... emoticon

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MAW_OH 6/21/2013 10:27PM

    What beautiful flowers! And funny that New Town was built in 1765!!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/21/2013 10:01PM

    Awesome as usual! Thank you for taking us along!

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/21/2013 9:05PM

    Beautiful! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

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MANILUS 6/21/2013 8:46PM

    Love the flower pictures and the structural buildings, great contrast! Thanks for sharing!

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KARENE10 6/21/2013 8:11PM

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics and blog!

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TKOVACH1 6/21/2013 7:40PM

    emoticon Beautiful blog with pictures! It brought back fond memories on my trip to Edinburg, I just love this city!
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NOMORECRASH 6/21/2013 4:04PM

  Wish I could have been there. Beautiful pics.

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AJB121299 6/21/2013 3:08PM

    nice and love the photos

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LADYS49 6/21/2013 2:40PM

  Thank you for sharing this blog!

It brought back some of my very favorite travel memories traveling around Scotland, and in particular my favorite city of Edinburgh. Loved your pics and descriptions, spot husband and I are musicians and we did visit a lot of the pubs and sat in on quite a few sessions...they were very welcoming to us and the exchange in musical and cultural ideas was an unbelievable experience that I do hope to repeat soon. Old Town was my favorite section, the Royal Mile, all the little shops in the Closes. Thanks again for bringing those wonderful memories back.

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RENATA144 6/21/2013 2:32PM

  Thank you for sharing your Awesome photos !!!

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SONDRAJ20 6/21/2013 1:45PM

    Another great blog. The photos of the Botanic Gardens are so beautiful. I especially like the rock garden. And in New Town I love the two-level buildings and the mews. Thanks very much!

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DOINGITALL09 6/21/2013 12:12PM

    So Beautiful!!! Thank you! emoticon

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ELINTY 6/21/2013 10:59AM

  beautiful pics

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SLIMLEAF 6/21/2013 10:55AM

    Great photos of the flowers!

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JOANNANOW 6/21/2013 10:35AM

    Loved it .... thanks! emoticon

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FITMAY 6/21/2013 8:34AM

    emoticon blog! Beautiful houses and dreamy gardens! You sure know how to bring peace to my days... emoticon

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BAKER1009 6/21/2013 7:54AM

The 2nd level houses are so cool. I love the way the shops are on the lower level! So cool!
New Town is quite beautiful! And of course so are the botanical gardens!! Stunning!

Thanks for sharing Claire!

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