Monday, September 28, 2009

Edinburgh: Doors Open Day 2009

This past weekend was Doors Open Day in Edinburgh, where many historical sites welcome guests into their buildings free of charge.

One of our first stops was the Drumsheugh Baths in Dean Village. It's quite close to where we live, and we were quite curious about the gym since their membership fee is quite high. While the facilities were not too impressive, I was intrigued by the trapeze above the pool. How fun would that have been when I was a kid???

On Saturday we also visited the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, the French Institute, Old College, the Talbot Rice Gallery, St. Cuthbert's Church, and St. John's Church.

St. Cuthbert's Church

Interior of St. Cuthbert's

St. John's

Interior of St. John's

More of St. John's

We also came across a wedding:

We actually heard the wedding before we saw it. The bride was serenaded by Scottish pipers and drummers. Too fun!

On Sunday afternoon we headed to Lauriston Castle with a group of friends:

This is what happens when all four husbands are taking pictures at the exact same time!

The castle is actually an Edwardian resident and has been left much the same as it was in the early 20th century.

This was the most intriguing thing about the house: their toilet!

Have you ever seen a toilet like this????

Sitting room filled with French furniture and bobbles. 
This room is Dutch inspired. 
And a fantastic library! Couldn't you just read in here all day????


Hilary said...

I want to be Jane Austen in that library. And I love the red room and the one of you and Matt. So glad you're being diligent with your pic taking. And I do def think you should upgrade to a Canon. for sure. ps maybe you should stay up as late as possible the next couple nights?? did you think about that??

Ashli said...

Hil - you should be Jane Austen in that library. Why hadn't we thought of that????

Please do work your arty network for Canon tips. K????

And --- maybe jet lag will be less severe with just a 5 hour time change???? Am I too optimistic?

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