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Escape to Edinburgh

I just finished reading Alexander McCall Smith’s last two installments of his 44 Scotland Street series and that’s got me dreaming of Edinburgh again. Now that it’s December, Christmas will be here before you know it. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away and put off those feelings of not being ready for the holidays a little longer? I’ve planned such a lovely day for us – in Edinburgh, of course.

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Source: Drumsheugh Baths Club

We’ll start with a quick swim and then enjoy a cup of coffee and a look at the paper at the Drumsheugh Baths Club. It’s a private club, but this is our little fantasy so we won’t let that stop us. This pool even has trapeze rings and ropes suspended over it. They would never allow that kind of thing in the U.S.

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Source: christian-terstegge.de

Next, let’s take a stroll along the Water of Leith. I can’t wait to see the Roman temple at St. Bernard’s Well.

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Source: christian-terstegge.de

Let’s be sure to stop and pay our respects to Hygeia before we continue on. She’s the Greek goddess of health so she will surely be impressed with how we started our day. I read somewhere that if we keep on going along the walkway we should end up …

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Source: 2edinburgh.com

here, making our way to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

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I would love to find this fellow who is thought to be a man who happened to be a member of the Edinburgh Skating Society. Such an unusual and wonderful portrait. But there are a number of national galleries of Scotland and to tell you the truth this one might not be in the modern one we are visiting, so be forewarned if you want to find him on an actual trip to Edinburgh. Do you think you can handle one more stop before we have tea? Good! Let’s visit the Dovecot Studios and Gallery next.

Source: Dovecot Studios

Source: Dovecot Studios

Dovecot is a working tapestry and rug tufting studio that was originally founded in 1912. It’s now housed in the former Infirmary Street Baths (there seems to have been a lot of bathing going on in Edinburgh). Their viewing balcony circles the studio on the second floor and they have a gallery, shop and cafe as well. How wonderful is that?

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Source: Dovecot Studios

Look at the kinds of beautiful things produced there. This tapestry …

Source: Dovecot Gallery

Source: Dovecot Studios

and these rugs! Oh my goodness. Let’s visit the shop.

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Source: Woolly Originals

Hopefully we’ll find some of these fantastically striped (the horizontals, the verticals, the colors!) bags by Woolly Originals. Now I’m starving and need to take a break. How about you?

Source: Afternoon Tea Online

Source: Afternoon Tea Online

People seem to rave about The Balmoral Hotel’s Palm Court for afternoon tea. Do you think they have someone who actually plays that harp up there during tea? I will think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

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Source: ©edinburghcafeenthusiast.wordpress.com

Now that we’re fortified let’s do a little shopping on Princes Street. Then we can visit Valvona & Crolla to pick up something for dinner that we can eat back where we’re staying.

Source: Dickins Edinburgh

Source: Dickins Edinburgh

I thought this “Photographer’s Studio” from Dickins’ 5 Edinburgh Homes with a High Hygge Factor looked nice, but the other four look pretty good too.

Source: Edinburgh Spotlight

Source: Edinburgh Spotlight

If we’re not too tired after dinner we can do some ice skating at the Princes Street Gardens or any number of things that they do in Edinburgh at Christmas time. Edinburgh even has an advent door activity where they actually open doors to things in the city that aren’t usually open.

What a wonderful day; thanks so much for joining me! Where should we go next?

10 comments

  1. My dear Colleen, You took me away on an adventure to a most beautiful place I have always wanted to see! Thank you sweet one! You are so talented, delightful, fun, fresh, cool, everything that radiates I Love Art and Appreciate the Good Things! Lucky we are to have you!~ I look forward to your next escapade. 🙂 🙂 Lovely escape especially during the holidays 🙂 Happy, Happy, Joy! xo Love, AEP 🙂

  2. Woolly Originals

    Thanks, Colleen for mentioning my bags. Delighted that you like them. Loved your article, especially the part about Drumsheugh Baths: I was at my yoga class there only this evening!

  3. S Kinard

    What a lovely day! Thanks for starting us out with a hot soak! My joints need it! I also enjoyed the walk, the visit to the art gallery and the tapestry Factory. It was truly fascinating! As stuffy as my head is right now tea was a great way to spend the afternoon. You are a great tour guide! Thank you for my visit to Edinburgh! I loved it!

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