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Report 136: Edinburgh in Two

By Alice Twain from Italy, Summer 2003

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Page 4 of 10: Chapter III. What we have seen: museums and expositions

The city is a feast for the eyes, not only because it is nice, but also because it is full of museums and running expositions. Unluckily we didn't have time to visit as many of them as we planned. All right, we will have to go back ;-P

The Museum of Childhood was a must for Luca (being a bookseller, with a specialization on childrens' books, by trade and a pedagogist by education), so we visited it on our first day. It is a rather small museum that can easily be seen in one hour, but crowded with very interesting stuff (and live kids running from one floor to the other). The funny thing is that, as the legend goes, it was funded by a man who actually hated children and who set up a shrine to Herodes in the entrance foyer (I haven't seen it, though). The free entrance makes it a RATING: ****

The Royal Museum of Scotland was impossible to visit fully because it is HUGE and because Luca had a very bad headache that drove us back to our room and Aspirins, but the few rooms we saw were very interesting. A collection of diverse collections, we might say, housed in a very interesting building. Also free, but I will not rate it because we have seen too little of it.

Finally, although not a museum, the Botanic Garden (in a sense a museum of living plants). It is right out of the city, but frequent buses go there and leave you right in front of the main entrance (unless you get off the bus at the wrong stop and end up walking for 20 minutes as we did #^____^#). It is a place of quiet and beauty, structured in areas each with its characteristics: the Chinese area, the Japanese garden, the Alpine area, the pond, the broad leaves area, etc. It is a lovey place to relax for one morning, but do not do like we did: bring your own food and have a picnic there. Yet we did bring (thanks Bruno some bread to offer to the animals there: pidgeons and seagulls are everywhere, so little wonder to see them. In the pond there are obviously a swan and a few ducks. But the most lovely of all the animals are the squirrels who are bold enought to come close and grab the nuts and bread off your hand. RATING: *****

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