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Some of My Favorite Things: Edinburgh Edition  

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If you’ve been following my blog you know that I just came back from an amazing trip to Edinburgh. I promised that I would tell all about my trip. So this is me keeping my promise. Here are some of my favorite places in Edinburgh!

“We never leave a bookstore empty handed, even when our hands are empty.”
– Kristen Costello

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The smell of a new book can be intoxicating. That fresh smell of new paper, of a story still unread, is mesmerizing. The smell of new books is undeniably one of the best smells in the world. Old books, however, have an intriguing smell as well. An old smell that takes you back in time. This smell tells the story of the book’s history. The story of its previous readers is forever captured within. That’s why every booklover needs to visit these five bookshops in Edinburgh: Cabaret Antiques, Curious & Books, Armchair Books, Edinburgh Books, Southside Books and Till’s Bookshop. You will be emerged in books both old and new. It’s a truly amazing adventure to walk through these shops.

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
– Sir Edmund Hillary

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The View from Arthur’s Seat

Arthur’s Seat is by no means the toughest mountain to climb. Experienced mountain climbers wouldn’t even go as far as to call it a mountain at all. For them it is just a bump in the road to get to the other side. That doesn’t change the fact that to me Arthur’s Seat is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I have climbed the mountain twice now. Both times were an absolute nightmare, but totally worth it. I complain a lot on my way to the top, but once I get there, time just stops. For a moment you are frozen in time. It’s my favorite thing in the world.

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
– Winston Churchill

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To me Edinburgh is a city frozen in time. The beautiful architecture has survived hundreds of years of war and battle. The beautiful buildings and castles bring history to life. Whether you visit Edinburgh Castle or just decide to walk through the city, you will see history everywhere. Just look around and enjoy the buildings. They tell stories too. Walk through the alleyways, look for the monuments and count all the steps. You won’t be disappointed.

“The church is designed to nourish the imperfect, the struggling and the exhausted.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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The last place I would like to share with you is St. Giles’ cathedral. Edinburgh is home to many churches and cathedrals. You can see them from miles away. Most people feel uncomfortable in churches or worry they may do something wrong. They feel out of place. For me it is the exact opposite. To me churches have always been a place of peacefulness and contemplation. A place where I can think without having to worry about judgement. Maybe that is strange to some people, especially since nowadays religion is almost synonyms to judgement. It has become an excuse to exclude others. That’s exactly why I added St. Giles’ cathedral to this list of favorites. Take a moment to step inside a church, any church, and just take a moment and listen.

Have a nice Friday!

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