OG Post: March 15th, 2017
The rest from Wednesday was nice and helped me catch up. I was up again at 6:30 and ready for work. I ran out the door and followed my usual morning routine with the walk to work, cafeteria for breakfast and the rest. It’s nice when you are a new place to establish some routines. It helps solidify something familiar when everything around is foreign. Red has stepped into a bit of a morning routine herself. After fussing around the hotel room after I leave she will go across Lothian street to Nero Cafe for her morning breakfast.
So nothing interesting happened to me during work hours. I was extremely productive and took a short lunch to keep it rolling. Plus it finally rained while we were here and the temperature dropped a little so I didn’t feel like walking through the Meadows. At the end of my work day I was texting with Red we decided I was just going to meet her back at the hotel. So I went the scenic route and took some pictures along the way. I usually am horrible about taking pictures when I’m out and about but have been much better about it this time.
When back at the hotel I asked Red if she wanted to go over to the National Portrait Gallery as they are open until 7 PM on Thursdays. She was good with that so we got all of our jackets back on and walked over to New Town. I was snapping pictures again along the way. Red saw a Vans store on Princes Street along the way and wanted to stop in. We just looked around quickly but one thing Red noticed is the layout was much better than an American version of the store. It used the negative space quite well and you could see the clothes better. In the American version of the store, they use every inch of available space for a product so there is more to buy. Here you can see what your buying and creates a more aesthetically pleasing shop.
We continued through New Town and got to the Portrait. It is a beautiful space they have set up. We went up to the second floor and immediately to the Library space. There were antique books but what caught my attention in the Library was the phrenology heads. It’s just the sort of obscure and slightly morbid study that fascinates me. There were two displays set up. One side with the Famous and one side with the Infamous & Curious. The first two heads I noticed where Burke & Hares. The murders who I was laughing about the strip club being named after. From there we went through the photo gallery, the modern portrait gallery, and then upstairs to the historic portrait galleries. It was a great time with lots of interesting art and history. We didn’t leave until closing time.
Afterward, we headed over to St. Andrews square to grab something to eat. The only thing I knew about in that area was the restaurants in the top of Harvey Nichols that Evie took me too the last time I was here. Red had been wanting sushi so we went up and had a good meal with some interesting rolls and mochi for dessert. The temperature had dropped further by the time we where done eating and it was late so we hurried past the Waverly and down Princes street back to the hotel. Overall it was a lovely night.