Why the Streets of Edinburgh Are So Irresistible
Cobble stoned streets. A brisk wind blows at the nape of your neck. You look up to see the same stones that are below your feet are matching the buildings surrounding you. They are dark, almost twisted, but somehow warm and welcoming. This is the twisted beauty that is the Georgian style.
Edinburgh's Royal Mile is a hauntingly beautiful example of the Georgian style. This type of architecture became increasingly popular in England during the 1700's and was even brought to the colonies in the 18th century.
Not to the confused with similar Gothic or Victorian styles, Georgian relies heavily on classical details. It's can be identified by it's love of symmetry and large multi-pane windows.
Edinburgh Castle lies just at the end of the Royal Mile. For centuries, people have walked, lived and gathered along this path, including Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Victoria. Most of the buildings were rebuilt in the 18th-19th century and have remained the same since.
Walking the streets of the Royal Mile in October is almost too perfect. Edinburgh becomes the perfect set for any All Hallows Eve story. JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in a cafe here. It's no wonder, much of Diagon Alley and Hogwarts resemble these streets.
Pictured left is The Hub. Now a multi-functional event space, it was originally built in 1845 by the Church of Scotland as an assembly hall.
Walk slowly, keep your head up, you never know what's hiding behind each corner.
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