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Edinburgh On A Winter's Day
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© Christine Till
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, a city steeped in more than 900 years of battle for autonomy that has made it one of Europe's most diverse ethnic populations and vibrant cultural scenes. It is difficult to walk the hallowed streets of Edinburgh without stumbling across a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wrap up and take a bracing walk to feast your eyes on Edinburgh's panorama from Edinburgh Castle's Esplanade. Beneath you, a cityscape of steeples unfolds. Edinburgh is a magical city on any given day, but the damp winter weather makes the city especially atmospheric - frosty, misty mornings and wonderfully crisp invigorating sunshine during the day. Arage Edinburgh temperatures hover around 5 degrees C in December, January and February, but extremely cold days are rare.
Edinburgh has a lot to offer to the winter traveler besides its upside-down days (from the angle of the midmorning sun you'd think it was setting). For one thing, the city belongs to itself in the colder months. If you listen you'll note mainly the Scottish burr, with an occasional voice from below the border. Yours may be the only American accent you hear in a weeklong stay.
September 5th, 2012
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