Stockbridge

Stockbridge, much like nearby Dean Village, is a former suburb of Edinburgh that was long ago incorporated into the city. Though only a short walk from the city core, it maintains a distinctive vibe as an upscale neighbourhood filled with boutiques and cafes.

Stockbridge — Circus Lane
Stockbridge — Circus Lane

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Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery is located within the Princes Street Gardens. Opened in 1859 in an imposing neoclassical building, the gallery houses an excellent collection of paintings by “Old Masters,” including many that relate to Scottish history. Admission is free.

Gary Outside the Scottish National Gallery
Gary Outside the Scottish National Gallery

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Calton Hill

Any view east down Princes Street from the center of Edinburgh terminates with Calton Hill. At just over 100 metres in height, it can be climbed with modest effort and provides nice views of the city.

Calton Hill
Calton Hill from our Window

Not content to simply enjoy the natural views, Edinburghers of the past built numerous monuments on the hill. The Dugal Stewart Monument was built in 1831 to honour a Scottish philosopher.

The Dugald Stewart Monument
The Dugald Stewart Monument

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Arrival in Edinburgh

Scott Monument on Princes Street

We timed our visit to Edinburgh well, escaping Toronto’s heat just as it exceeded 30C for the first time this year. The much cooler and windier Scottish weather is a bit of a shock, though.

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Sacromonte

On our last full day in Granada we hiked up to Sacromonte, the more remote eastern portion of Granada’s Albaicín neighbourhood.

Sacromonte
Sacromonte Views

The walk took us about an hour and the views became surprisingly rugged and rural quite soon after leaving the bustle of the Carrera del Darro area.

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Carmen de Max Moreau

One of the smaller sights we visited in Granada was the Carmen de Max Moreau, a traditional house high in the Albaicín that was the former home and studio of Belgium-born painter Max Moreau.

Carmen de Max Moreau
Carmen de Max Moreau

Moreau lived in this house for the last 30 years of his life, until his death in 1992. He left the house to the city of Granada and it was opened to the public as a free museum in 1998.

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The Alhambra

Granada’s main draw is the Alhambra, a sprawling complex of palaces, gardens and towers that loom over the city.

Patio de los Arrayanes
Patio de los Arrayanes

Construction began in 889, on top of older Roman fortifications, but most of the palaces were built during the 12th and 13th centuries by the Emirate of Granada, the series of Muslim Emirs and Sultans who ruled the city at that time.

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