Day Sixteen - Edinburgh - Dean Village, Water of Leith & Royal Botanic Garden
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|look for Charlotte Square, Dean Bridge & Water of Leith, all on the left side|
On our second day visiting Edinburgh, my wife stayed behind, so three of us ventured into the City again.
From Waverly Station, we walked a mile or more north-west to Charlotte's Square in New Town, full of late 1700's Georgian architecture, including some notable homes by Robert Adam.
From New Town and Dean Bridge we took steep roads downhill to find the Water of Leith walking trail. Heading upstream brought us to Dean Village Cemetery and to Modern Art One. Heading downstream later in the day took us to the Royal Botanic Garden.
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|Waverly Station||heading west on Queen St. to New Town||consciousness updates box, see note||Royal Society of Edinburgh|
|profile of statue & castle||Charlotte Square homes||Georgian style|
|elegant entry w/olive trees||'British Sunrise' window above door||'Water of Leith' is below|
|we dropped down to River Leith level||heading upstream|
On the way to Dean Village we came across a trail closure, and two local walkers told us to take a shortcut through Dean Cemetery, to get to Modern Art One and Two museums.
We stopped at Modern Art One and went to the cafe. Yes, another scone w/ butter & jam plus an Americano. It is habit-forming....a real treat. Scones in the UK taste better for some reason.
Then we toured the permanent modern art collection, which was good to see, being somewhat familiar, but it struck me that most of the works were considered to be 'modern' around 75 years ago. When I first saw stuff like this at 18, it still looked modern, but now it does not....it looks 'dated'.
You could even see it as touring 'the classics' of modern abstract art .....Picasso, Miro, Vezelay, and Evans, and others. This museum is definitely worth a walk-through, because even the background lighting and coloration in the rooms, where the art is displayed, is often nicely done.
Out in front of Modern Art One is another Charles Jencks' cosmic landscape, maybe 2 or 3 acres in size. It was pretty small scale, and Rich and I walked the contours for maybe five minutes. The guy at the front desk of the Museum cheerfully came out to unlock the gate so we could wander through the site.
Then we headed back to the Water of Leith trail to take us downstream towards the Royal Botanic Garden.
|Dean Cemetery||Celtic cross for a Kennedy|
|Modern Art One||another Chas. Jencks' landscape||from inside, see note below|
|photos were allowed in the Museum||samples of modern art from 75+ years ago||Picasso, Woman lying on the Beach, 1932||Paule Vezelay, Composition, 1933||Merlyn Evans, Day & Evening, 1932|
|Water of Leith trail detour||back on the main path||the Water of Leith trail is 32 miles long|
|possibly Dean Bridge again||on the way to 'the Botanics'|
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN
|this rough map shows where the RBG is|
Leaving the Water of Leith trail we found surface streets that took us to the west or main entrance to the Royal Botanic Garden. Turns out the Water of Leith path would also have taken us all the way. Once in the RBG we were booked for a 2 pm tour and then had time then for a 'lite lunch.
We had an unexpected comic experience here because the soup I ordered took 45 minutes to get here, and, it was not the soup I ordered. In the meantime, three of us had a nice chat with a pleasant British woman, retired, from around London, who comes up here to see her son in 'Embru , an investment guy.
Our garden tour Docent was witty and knowledgeable and although we'd paid for a 45-minute tour, once we reached the East Gate, it had already been an hour's walk, with another hour to go, to get back to the starting point.
|on a Docent- guided tour||our tour guide||the hedge|
|one of the top 5 gardens in Europe, she said||old building|
|some rare kind of Clematis|
|talking about the trees||outdated tropical habitat buildings||creative exit gates|
I wish we'd been able to spend the rest of the tour getting back to the west side to see more plants. But buses back to center city only run along the east side.
So three of us bailed from the tour group, bidding goodbye & thanks. We hopped on a city bus and arrived 15 minutes later at Princes Street, where we had different missions.
R & L went off in search of a small luggage item, while I walked to the west end of Princes Street Garden, to see if I could find an Abraham Lincoln statue, which I had read is here, but I never found it. Nonetheless it was a good late afternoon stroll and there are plenty of other statues and monuments.
At the west end of the park where the Mound ends, I found a kiosk and had an excellent Americano and cranberry scone with one to go for my wife.
I was pleased to get the last two photos as farewell shots. A placard stated that the City of Paris donated that turquoise fountain to the City of Edinburgh, in the early 1800s.
|Princes Street garden stairs||the Castle|
|the gardens||turquoise fountain & castle||fall colors & Castle|
On our last night in the UK, back in Linlithgow, three of us had a 5:30 pm dinner at The Four Marys, near the Palace. Once back at the Hotel, my wife got up and ordered room service dinner, which was fabulous, and she seemed to feel better.
Thus, our 16 day road trip came to a quiet end in Linlithgow, Scotland.
The next morning four of us flew back to Dublin, Ireland for our flights home, except that R & L stayed in Dublin one more night before returning to US soil. On their extra day in Dublin, they did not go into the City, instead taking a cab to a nearby coastal town for a pleasant day out.
I think the four of us saw a lot of new and interesting and sometimes beautiful things on this trip, and a lot of good scenery, too.
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