It’s the beautiful capital of Scotland, the UK’s fourth largest city and the historic home of titanic figures in science and the arts – and Edinburgh is also one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. We find out why – and what’s it’s like to live and work there…The great history of the city – it’s one of the world’s cultural and academic treasures – along with its architectural and natural beauty help draw more than 4 million visitors a year. (Admittedly, some of them also come for the golf, for stag and hen dos and for the shopping.)
There’s everything from Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Castle to the National Museum of Scotland, the National Monument of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo, HMS Britannia, St Giles’ Cathedral and the Royal Botanic Gardens. And that’s not to mention 12 Natural Heritage Sites that include Craigmillar Castle Park and the Meadows Yard Local Nature Reserve or the fact that the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town are both registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Oh, and one more thing. There’s a little thing they do every year in Edinburgh called the Edinburgh Festival. You may have heard of it. One part of it is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the largest arts festival in the world. Last year alone its organisers claimed there were “49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues”. If you’ve never been, you have really missed out.
There is much to see in one of the world's most famous and historically and culturally rich cities. Whether you're looking for ancient history, the art of rebirth or shopping, Rome offers many choices to compose a three-day program.According to travel guides and travelers' mouths, Rome has no reputation for being an ideal city for stays with young children, as many of its attractions are aimed at tourists older and more sophisticated. Moreover, Rome can sometimes be a crazy city, dirty and disorganized, while of course remaining a major center of world history and culture. But if you are flexible, here are some options.
The crown jewels, Buckingham Palace, the Camden market ... In London, history meets art, fashion and gastronomy, not to mention good English beer! There's something for everyone: art and culture lovers will meet up at the Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House, while fashion fans will be thrilled to see the shops on Oxford Street. As for gourmets, they can get a glimpse of London specialties by going to Harrod's to order tea with delicious cream scones or a real "chippy" to enjoy a crispy fish and chips. And music and literature buffs will be thrilled by the Abbey Road Studios and the Sherlock Holmes Museum (located at 221B Baker Street, of course!).
Enjoy a chocolate loaf on the terrace of a café, relax after a day of stroll on the banks of the Seine, marvel at symbolic places like the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe ... A successful stay in Paris combines activities and relaxation, while taking the time to savor a good meal as well as the famous exhibitions of the Louvre. Start by taking strength in Notre-Dame, then go hunting for bargains at the Montreuil flea market or sample the specialties sold at the organic market Raspail and end your day in style, crown it all with a daring show at Red Mill.