When Mariana was visiting from Seville last week we took a trip to Edinburgh to do a little wandering and perhaps a little shopping. With the Fringe and the Festival on the city is lively and there's always lots to see. We went to the West End craft fair which was full of beautiful handmade goodies and then to the recently reopened National Museum of Scotland on Chamber Street. The Museum has been closed for a number of years to undergo a £46M refurbishment. Can you imagine that on the first day that it opened 22000 people visited. The museum was a big part of my childhood, we would take the train to the "big city" and go to the museum or the botanic gardens.
The galleries are as impressive as ever....with a building this stunning that wouldn't be difficult.
After lunch we went for a wander round the shops and headed into an old favourite, White Stuff, which had moved to new premises on George Street. I decided to try on a dress, and what a surprise I got when I headed to the changing rooms.....faced with a corridor full of old wardrobes I thought I was going to have to try on the dress in a wardrobe, but surprise!! It was a little like the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe...or perhaps Doctor Who's Tardis - the wardrobe opened into a larger room. The first room was decorated like a Scottish tourist shop and then the girl working the changing rooms said we could look in the others as they are all different - one was a toy shop, another a Tiki Bar, another a garden shed, or a disco, or a kitchen....truly amazing! Definitely worth trying something on just to see.
Oh and Anthropologie has opened on George Street too!