|Via Peterusa, Flickr|
Pipping New York into a very close second place, I have thought long and hard about the situation and come to the conclusion that Edinburgh is my favourite city in the world. I love it, almost unconditionally, and the only slight gripe I have is that the wind in February does make it hard to stand upright when outside. But other than that, it’s almost perfect.
For starters, it’s utterly gorgeous. Anywhere that’s essentially one great big World Heritage site has to be pretty bloody special (and, er, just pretty, I suppose, when it comes to it).
It’s mere moments from the wilds of the Scottish countryside, and there’s a volcano in the middle of the city. Who else can boast that?
|Arthur's Seat, taken by Rebecca Peppiette, Flickr|
That the train journey up there is so picturesque it makes your soul ache a little bit.
Did I mention it’s beautiful?
The people, although sometimes a wee dour and grumpy, are actually pretty brilliant. And that accent…
On a clear day, you can see straight across the Forth to Fife – and bugger me if that isn’t one of the most beautiful things you’ve seen. Oh, we’ve covered beautiful, haven’t we?
There’s a world-class university. A zoo – WITH PANDAS. Oh, and that little festival that they do in August.
There’s a giant ceilidh the length of one of the main streets just before the legendary Hogmanay celebrations.
Happy birthday to me.