“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.” Alexander McCall Smith
Edinburgh is a wonderfully diverse city combining medieval tenements and the winding closes of its Old Town, dominated by the Castle, with the Georgian elegance and more orderly feel of the New Town extending North from Princes Street.
The city is compact and easily navigated on foot but boasts an excellent bus system complimented by trams and now city bikes. Incredible panoramic views from Arthur's Seat (one of Edinburgh's three extinct volcanoes) offer a completely different perspective of the city and are well worth the hike to the top.
Edinburgh is not all history and architecture though; its cosmopolitan side is revealed in Michelin-starred restaurants, a thriving cafe scene, great shopping, a diverse nightlife, and more than a passing nod to the arts.
Of course Edinburgh is home to the world's largest arts Festival (the International Festival and Fringe) when for the month of August the city is taken over by performing arts from all over the world, and also hosts International Film, Science, and Jazz and Blues festivals to name a few.
In winter the city hosts Edinburgh's Christmas and Hogmanay with Christmas markets, outdoor ice rink, rides, live music and the famous street party celebrations.
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