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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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