Had a lovely day in Edinburgh on Saturday. I separated from my parents for the first part of the day, so they could do some site seeing, whilst I visited the newly refurbished 'National Museum of Scotland'. It is absolutely massive and so impressive. I totally recommend everyone to visit this museum if heading to Edinburgh for a holiday break. There was just to much to see in one day. The architecture is just breath-taking. I don't know why but it reminded me of the inside of a ship, probably because of all the old railings. There are lots of those lovely old radiators dotted around the place even circulated around poles that keep the structure up (you can see them in the photo below).
The museum has three floors.
Pictured below is a Giant Deer (a real skeleton).
The wildlife section was just amazing. The presentation and positions in which the animals were placed has obviously been well thought through.
Look at that face, so cute.
'AHHHH...The scary Tiger and Kangaroo are trying to get me'.
Look at the size of this dude. Fish really do come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but this one is on a totally different scale.
Another favourite part of the museum for me was the 'Astronomy' section. The instruments on show that scientists used to use were beautiful. There was the most fantastic display of rocks and gems on show too.
The most beautiful typewriter I have ever seen.
I want this telescope so bad. I have always wanted one since I was a child.
One of the biggest pieces of Amethyst I have ever seen. It was a stunner.
These typewriters have actually been placed on the wall like this.
I next went to meet up with my mum and dad on the Royal Mile, which was jammed packed full of people. The Fringe festival was on with lots of awesome entertainment going on.
The photo below is of the road leading down to the Grassmarket, where there are vintage, costume, galleries, arts and crafts and old bookshops. They have the best embroidery shop there.
This is one of my favourite bookshops in the Grassmarket. It is very narrow inside, with books stuff'd in all nooks and crannies, piled on top of one another. It feels like that bookshop in the second Harry Potter film. They also sell prints from old books too. They had boxes full of books for a £1 each.
I really feel for the guys who work in this shop, having to listen to Christmas music all year round.
Going down the Royal Mile is this great Antique Map shop. I saw a particular map I wanted, from 1661 showing Redding, its £160, I will get it one day or something similar to it. The Sea charts are wonderful. There was also ordnance survey maps that folded out of proper books, you don't get them anymore.
I bought this print for £3 from the bookshop I mentioned before. It is based on an area in Perthshire.
Yes, I bought yet more books. I got these from another amazing old bookshop which is on the other side of the Grassmarket. I can't remember the name of the shop. I bought these for a £1 each. I told the lady who served me, my intentions for the books, as I will be using some of the pages for my mail art packages. This means taking pages out. The lady was not very happy when I said this...she said 'Don't tell me anymore this is hurtful to my ears'. Its not like I'm cutting expensive books up :(
I found this old Christmas card in one of the books, its so cute.
When I was at the museum I went to the children's gift shop and found so many awesome goodies there. I bought two spinning tops, I actually had one identical to the yellow one when I was younger. I also bought this compass, I think I will carry it around in my purse.
Hope you all enjoy'd my extra long blog post :)