Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Photoset 3.
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK August 7-8, 2012
My first stop after Newcastle, was Edinburgh, in Scotland. Here is what I wrote about Edinburgh while on the trip:
I love Edinburgh! I’d say it’s one of my top three favorite places I’ve been this summer - maybe even top 2! List is Napoli, Edinburgh and Paris as top 3. It’s so beautiful! Very old, but bustling and busy. I love the old town houses, very pretty and unique (in UK?). On the first day I walked around Princes Street Park and fell in love! On the way to the park there are many old pubs and stores, and even a few old churches and a beautiful cathedral. But the amazing part is starting at the park - the old town (including beautiful and enormous buildings) on top of the hill looks down on a Central Park-esque garden full of green grass and people enjoying nature and the sun. It’s great like central park in the sense that you get this kind of oasis feel (away from the city bustle and streets) but it’s even better than central park because it had the city looking down upon you, like some lord of the rings scene with the city on the edge of a cliff. I also got extremely lucky because I came during Fringe festival ( http://www.edfringe.com/ ) ! I was able to see so many street performances - from circus acts to comedy shows - it was great! There are a lot of interesting people walking around because of it, as well as a lot of people from all over the world. You can tell the people here are really cool too, there seems to be a bit more culture and intellect than other part of England that I’ve seen (this is a huge assumption though).
Just a preview of the next post - Edinburgh, Scotland! This is a panoramic of Princes Street Gardens!
Durham, England August 7, 2012
On my last day in the Newcastle area, I decided to take a short train ride to Durham, a small town about 40 minutes away. Durham is known to be more traditional and old, as opposed to Newcastle which is a thriving, modern city with a huge growing population and economy.
Durham was really great - it was a really small town with a nice, picturesque city-center and a ton of small churches and beautiful buildings. As you can see, though, it had an incredible cathedral! It was unbelievably large and incredibly beautiful - it’s a shame it’s so isolated and located in a tiny town (although I think it’s worth the visit). Apart fromt he cathedral I went to a few museums and learned a lot about the history of Durham, which was interesting.