This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.
One of the things I love about Edinburgh is just how much older it is than Cardiff. Take this clock for example, which appears to be dated to 1884 (taking the numbers at face value). Much of Cardiff – indeed, most of the South Wales industrial towns and cities – dates back only about a hundred years or so, to the height of the shipping boom … and for the last 20 years, Cardiff has been busy knocking down and replacing the buildings that replaced what went before. Edinburgh’s Old Town, by contrast, has plenty of buildings steeped in history, dating back much further, and maybe as a result, it doesn’t feel like the total architectural mess that Cardiff is becoming.
If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.