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Edinburgh is full of beautiful buildings.  You can’t not see a nice one which ever direction you look, unless you’re looking out over the stunning countryside!  I was on the lookout for the shop on the left in my illustration, but only managed to not miss it because of the lovely window display!  I love how Hannah Zakari has no overbearing shop sign, and just quietly sits in this majestic building next to a lovely artsy book shop.  After experiencing this ‘no sign’ first hand with this lovely shop, I noticed that this was the same on a few buildings around Edinburgh. Perhaps something to do with the buildings they are in?

Take a walk around the back streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town and you’ll find delights like this, along with cafes, businesses and many other darling little shops.  You can then easily loop back round on to Princes Street for a spot of shopping and sightseeing.

I’m planning another trip to Edinburgh so if you have any suggestions of shops, cafes or things to do then please mention it in the comments!

Get in touch with the author @charlsvallance and check out her blog.  Check back every other Wednesday for the next installation of (Art)chitecture by Charlotte Vallance.

Glamis Castle and the Strathmore Estate on an afternoon in Spring (Angus, Scotland)

The Castle Glamis (pronounced “glamz” )  dominates the end of a long driveway, at the edge of a quaint town by the same name. There is a small shop and post office, with knit bears visible through the windows, and a warm pub that smells of butter-baking fish and roast potatoes, with deep red and wood-paneled walls, the Strathmore Arms.

Of literally hundreds in Scotland, Glamis Castle is perhaps the most grand. It is off the beaten path:  two hours northeast of Glasgow by rented car, through Perth and Dundee. While most travelers look no further than Stirling or Edinburgh for their castle gawking-needs, the enterprising soul who makes the weekend trek will have the Vale of Strathmore almost to herself,  sweeping views of rolling rapeseed-iridescent  hills, hirsute Angus cows, and all the flowers of spring. (more…)