|400 year old, ten storeys on the Royal Mile! Dez Rez +++|
Auld Reekie... the name given to it from the days of everybody burning coal fires. London had its 'peasoupers', Edinburgh had its 'reek' - smutty, smelly smoke, which clung to the winding streets and clustered buildings; much of the city's housing is in the form of tenement flats, several stories high. The original 'auld toon' buildings were mainly built in the early 17th century - yes, 400 years and still in use! It is probably my years of living in Edinburgh which engendered my great love of architecture.
The 'new town' is of mainly Georgian structures, but there are also some wonderful modern statements... not least the parliament building - which I have yet to visit! must remedy that. The 'old' is on the South side of Princes Street and the 'new' on the North side. Princes Street itself is a bit of a mixed bag - not all of it good. The gardens themselves are, of course, a wonderful benefit to the city and one of the delights each year is to see what the flower clock is going to celebrate. 2016 is the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland!
Yes, look at that, the sun shone popped out just for the panoramic! Don't worry, it reverted to form half an hour later. These images were taken during my visit in July. Was headed for the magnificent Georgian-built Art Gallery.
Just the other side of this building, inside the garden boundaries stands this fellow;
(This information excerpted from Portal to the Past).
There will be more of these piccies on Tuesday.