Edinburgh- looking up, and looking down!

Numerous cannons look down on Edinburgh city

Numerous cannons look down from Edinburgh Castle on the city

I spent a great deal of my time in Edinburgh last weekend looking up, or looking down.  To begin with the sky was bleak, making the perfect background for my WordPress snow.  I’m really not looking forward to the real thing, but so far we’ve been lucky.

This morning I’d like to share some photos on Debbie’s challenge, at Travel with Intent.  It’s all about looking up, or down.

I looked up hopefully at the sky. Just a hint of brightness?

I looked up hopefully at the sky. Maybe a hint of brightness?

In Princes St. I looked down on the gardens

In Princes St. I looked down on the gardens

And on the Christmas market

And on the Christmas market

And on the ice skaters!

And on the ice skaters!

The children looked up hopefully at the carousel horse.

The children looked up hopefully at the carousel horse.

Over on Calton Hill I looked up at sunkissed tombstones

Over on Calton Hill I looked up at sun brightening the tombstones

And down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament

And down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament

Then up at the setting sun

The sun was beginning to set

Over the distinctive architecture of the Scottish Parliament

Over the distinctive architecture of the Scottish Parliament

And all the way down the Royal Mile

The rosy hue stretched all the way down the Royal Mile

As I walked back across North Bridge

And draped a scarf over the skyline as I walked back over North Bridge

This time last week I was really excited at the prospect of visiting this lovely city. I’m so glad I did.  Happy weekend everybody!

Don’t forget to join the challenge if you’ve been looking up or down lately.

55 comments

  1. This is a beautiful collection of your Edinburgh captures, Jo. This is yet another fine city high up on my list to see, I have never been there. Like Barcelona, you make it even more attractive to me, great job! 🙂
    Enjoy our weekend.
    Love, DIna

    1. Thanks, Dina 🙂 This is a sequel to my extended post last Monday when I really went to town (literally 🙂 ) It is indeed another lovely city, and much nearer to me than Barcelona, but it’s about 15 years since I was there!

  2. Thank you for another fine gallery of ups and downs Jo! Love that first shot looking out into the city and the gorgeous scarf draped skyline at the end 🙂

    1. The rollercoaster of life, at your service, Madhu 🙂 Have a lovely weekend. I’m looking forward to meeting up with my daughter on Monday in the Peak District (fingers crossed for the weather).

    1. It took over 4 hours on the coach because they dilly-dawdle everywhere, but it only cost me £16 so couldn’t complain, and the driver was a lovely chap. I waved to lovely Lindisfarne Island as we passed by.
      It’s only an hour by car from Berwick at the border, and as you say, the scenery’s beautiful. Maybe an hour and half by car from here to Berwick (but Mick was at “the match”- priorities!) 🙂

  3. I wanted to comment on your last window post but they would not let me 😦 I was typing away to say I loved how you looked UP but I wanted to see what they could see when you looked OUT this is a perfect post for me 🙂

    1. The other Edinburgh post is better for looking OUT, Eunice 🙂 I saved these for Debbie because I just discovered her challenge the other week and thought this would work well. Glad you liked 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. I’m hoping Monday will stay fine for my journey to Chatsworth House to meet Lisa. The house is supposed to be really beautifully decorated this Christmas (Narnia theme) Then I shall really get in the mood and go out and buy a tree. Enjoy yourself, Cathy. Not long till the Christmas break 🙂

      1. Here’s hoping Monday will be beautiful for your time meeting Lisa at Chatsworth House! We’re hoping to get a tree this weekend too. Happy holidays, Jo. I have one more week of classes and then end of semester marking. Thank God it’s almost over! xxx

  4. It is a beautiful city and you have captured it so well. You have also made me very jealous – I shall have to get back there early in the New Year! Have a great weekend Jo. Debbie

  5. I would love to look up and down on Edinburgh – it just have to be a MUST for me soon. Your have woken up my passion for this fantastic city, my favorite is the looking down photo on to the garden.

    1. It was gorgeous up on Calton Hill, Vivi. I’d never been up there before so I have lots of tombstone shots. A little macabre but beautiful in their own way.
      Next excitement is Monday, when I’m meeting my daughter in the Peak District (weather permitting) Take care, hon. 🙂

  6. Such lovely shots of this city. Looking down on the Christmas market I had a yen to go there. It looks so welcoming with the brightly coloured tents and the people milling about.

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