Old Town/New Town
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Went through an old tenement building in the Old Town that was built around 1550. Partially restored, we could view a few of the flats that were lavishly decorated with painted walls and ceilings (still original!). In the early 1600's the building was used for several merchant shops which have been restored as they may have appeared at that time. One of the few buildings to be saved, most of the others along 'Kingis Hie Street' are new, but have been constructed with the older look.
So after several visits to the 'Old Town' we decided to take a look at the 'New Town;. At a time when the old town was getting quite cramped with people (and increasingly filthy) it was time for a 'New Town' to be developed. A competition was issued for architects to design a street layout for this area. A plan was chosen in 1766, and by 1820 houses were ready for occupancy. This new section of town put Edinburgh on the map as a worthy capital on the
But then it was back to reality: where women function as equals and run a blacksmithing business, where dinner is prepared by your own hands (not servants) and everyone helps with the washing up, where indoor plumbing prevents plague, and where young children play Nintendo on the couch while parents struggle to get them ready for bed. But after bedtime, quiet finally comes to the house, and the adults engaged in watching a movie. A true Scottish classic: Harry Potter! For several days now we've walked by the cafe where J. K. Rowling did much of her writing. With a table spread with 5 different types of Scotch Whiskey ranging from not-so-fine to very fine, Brian enjoyed this little taste-testing a bit too much :) I'm still working on developing a taste for this harsh drink. But I do still have a few weeks left - LOL