Sunday, 29 January 2017

Edinburgh: Gargoyles, art and literature

Whilst hubby was repairing his car, I took myself off for a day trip to Edinburgh.
Now, I could show you all the usual tourist-y photos - or I can show you what captured my heart.

Come instead, down Princes Street to the Scott memorial - and so worth the vertigo for this gorgeous sculpture

and the overview to this, is captured here:

Then wander down Rose Street with me, to see some amazing metalwork and window art on the outside of a BT building -

Every day of the week, illustrated. In case you can't quite make out the poem - here it is:

also in Rose Street was one of my favourite Rabbie Burns' poems, captured on the side of a building.

In case you can't quite read the text, the poem is HERE

Also popped in to the Scottish National Gallery - where to my delight there was a large exhibition of Turner watercolours. The bequest stipulated they could only be shown in a darkened room - and only in the month of January, to save them from fading. Fortuitously, I was in time.
There were two photos I took in the main rooms, an amazing marble bust, with such detail on the veins!

and a sumptuous El Greco - love the light in this.

and lastly, Waverley Station, for the journey home to Fife... a book lover's delight:

I do have some tourist type photos, and a pic of a darling little boathouse. Sometime in the near future, I have no doubt they'll be paintings.  Keep your eyes peeled.


  1. Happy Travels!
    Wonderful pictures from your outing
    Its difficult to read Burns and not coming away without speaking in some form like his lines. :)

  2. WOW! Those windows are amazing! Wish I could have shared your touristy outing!

  3. A really interesting post, thanks for sharing, Pat

  4. Thanks for the wonderful tour, Pat! Edinburgh, a city I would love to visit one day!

  5. Neat! I like gargoyles and that window is great!

  6. Ah Pat - I so enjoyed visiting you and seeing your lovely photos of Edinburgh. It looks like you had such a delightful day. Hope you have another one like it soon. Hugs!


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