As the year draws to a close, I wish you all a happy festive season and send you best wishes for 2019 when I hope we will meet again.
Christmas takes over Edinburgh in a big way. George Street, in the New Town, is particularly pretty and this year hosted Ice Adventure: a journey through frozen Scotland. See if you can guess what any of these ice sculptures are! (they’re all captioned, so click to view). I do have reservations about how festive Mary, Queen of Scots having her head chopped off is…..
We had tickets for the ice sculptures, but were pleased to happen upon another event.
Joy to the World, the Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival, takes place at St Andrew’s and St George’s West. Forty trees are each decorated by a local charity, business or voluntary group. All the trees come from social enterprise Caring Christmas Trees, supporting homeless people in Edinburgh throughout the winter, and donations to the event benefit another three charities. What a lovely idea!
A couple more Christmassy shots of George Street. Can you see the feet sticking out from that fairground attraction? It plummeted from the top VERY quickly. No way would I ever get on that!
All that remains is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas! I hope you have a lovely time however, or whatever, you are celebrating.
We’ve made a couple of trips over to Edinburgh in the last few weeks to visit art exhibitions, but also taking plenty of time to appreciate the sights and sounds of Christmas: the funfair, the market, the Street of Light.
This gallery is my Christmas card to you.
The last picture has nothing to do with Christmas at all: John snapped this tour bus coming up from Edinburgh’s New Town on one of our summer visits. I just love the composition and don’t want to waste it, so here it is!
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! May 2017 bring us all hope and joy. See you then.
I’m a committed Glaswegian but, whisper it, at Christmas Edinburgh does it better. Both cities have funfairs and Christmas markets but Edinburgh’s are definitely more spectacular. We explored them when we went over last weekend to see a couple of exhibitions, both of which were excellent. You have until June to catch up with Peploe, the second in the Scottish Colourists series at Modern 2, but if you want to see the 70th birthday retrospective of John Bellany at the RSA you need to get there by 27th January. It’s well worth it – I found the earliest and latest sections most interesting, because they were the least familiar to me. These included works done at art school echoing paintings with religious themes by, for example, Piero della Francesca, but using imagery from the fishing port he grew up in, and some very recent, and unexpected, landscapes.
In the evening, we met a friend for dinner in the Jasmine Chinese Restaurant near the Usher Hall, but in between we did the Christmassy stuff. First the market, which was so crowded that I found it claustrophobic. John managed to fight his way in to get some fire punch, but I preferred to look in from outside.
The castle looked rather splendid all lit up.
Then it was on to the funfair.
We went up on the big wheel which gave us great views over Princes Street, the Gardens and the National Galleries complex. Fabulous! I’m still glad I live in Glasgow, but I love to visit Edinburgh.