Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Edinburgh at Dusk

Dusk in winter (between 15:30 and 17:00) is a magical time in the centre of Edinburgh. The sun goes down on the stage set that is the Old Town. The lamp lights come on atmospherically on the Royal Mile, with the dark, dark vennels and closes leading away downhill. If it has been a grey and chilly day with little cheer, then the lit buildings and shop displays become more benign; half-shadowed faces full of possibility. The town gathers in on itself, the pubs welcoming. Below, the winter gardens are laid out with gaudily-lit amusements, and the curiousity of the German Christmas Market on the mound offers bratwurst and mulled wine. It is the best time of day to wander around central Edinburgh in winter.

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