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October 17th, 2009 – by: mountaingirl
Arriving at the city center near Waverley Train Station at night, my first and lasting impression of the city was the castle and the various historical buildings sitting high up on the hills and all were well illuminated with lights.
Listed in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site at the heart of the city, it combines the medieval Old Town, the Georgian New Town and the award winning modern architecture. The Old Town itself is pretty hilly and consists of numerous mysterious winding streets and narrow alleys that connect to the other parts of the city. Combined with the historical buildings and elegant terraces, the views of the Old Town seem to be made for perfect picture postcards. The open space and West Princes Street Garden in the center of town with the beautiful autumn foliage added of course to the charms of the place.
The city itself has an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars. High Street which is also called the Royal Mile is the main tourist and shopping street.
I was told that when I am in Scotland, I must definitely give one of their national favourites - Haggies a try. Indeed, there was no shortage of restaurants all over town serving Haggies. It tasted pretty alright but I am always weary of eating dodgy food patties. Indeed, Haggies is something I would rather starve than to eat it.... It is a dish containing sheep’s “pluck” (i.e. heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet (raw beef or mutton fat), spices and salt, mixed with stock and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach. Yucks!!! Funny to see how the original poor man’s food in historical times has become a sort of a national favourite in today’s world.
Another thing that amazed me is the adaption of some of the former church buildings into other uses like for casinos, pubs and restaurants. And that seems to be a common thing in Scotland.
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