woensdag 20 juli 2011

Edinburgh part 2

The old city

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets which form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland.

As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scots mile long, and runs between from Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock down to Holyrood Abbey.

Old street, old houses, hundreds of tourists and that much of souvenir shops

The Closes

The small streets and courtyards better known as "Closes" led off it to the north and south. These are usually named after a memorable occupant of one of the nearby apartments, or by the occupations of those that traded therein.

Mary King's Close
Mary King's Close is an old Edinburgh Close under buildings in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, Scotland. After being used as a close, partially demolished and buried under the Royal Exchange, and later being closed to the public for many years, the complex became shrouded in myths and urban legends.

However, new research and archaeological evidence has revealed that the close actually consists of a number of closes which were originally narrow streets with tenement houses on either side, stretching up to seven stories high. Mary King's Close is now a tourist attraction.It is being displayed as a historically accurate example of life in Edinburgh between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

And it is SPOOKY

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