Thursday, 31 March 2011

Gardens

Edinburgh is well known for it's gardens which provide a wonderful green space in the centre of the city.  The gardens also afford the pedestrian, a series of great views of the inspirational architecture of the Royal Mile and surrounds.  Among the more 'palatial' has to be the building of the Bank of Scotland.
Now the Scottish headquarters of LloydsTSB Banking Group, it houses the 'Museum on the Mound'.  Perhaps the best-known building from architect David Bryce it was redeveloped by him between 1864 and 1871.  A worthy building and just what you would expect a Victorian banking establishment to look like.
Looking the other way, from the Royal Mile side. towards the Princes Street side, you get a magnificent vista taking in some of the most magnificent architecture.
The gardens are particularly nice at this time of year with the daffodils nodding in the breeze.  There are thousands of them, providing a nice bit of colour against the honey-coloured stonework of the buildings and the polution-blackened monuments in the distance.
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