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15th January 2017

Photos of Edinburgh Castle are taken from the top of a double decker bus as it travels down Princes St.

A habit I’ve gotten into when arriving into a new town is to make going on a hop-on hop-off style sightseeing bus one of the first things I do. I’ve found this helps me to get my bearings, work out where the various attractions are, and to see if they look anything like what they do in the marketing material. Usually, you get a slightly different view as well since wouldn’t normally be seeing it from the top of a moving double-decker bus.

In Edinburgh, the main act is the castle. Being perched on top of a hill with steep sides is great, not only for defence, but for seeing it at many angles and from many distances and this makes for many Kodak moments where-ever you are on the sightseeing bus loop, and when you’re up close.

Franklin Rd

29th December 2016

2017 Franklin Rd Christmas Lights.

As if it were scheduled, Christmas has rolled around once more and that means another opportunity to loiter on Franklin Rd. I’ve photographed and written about the annual Christmas lights several times before. I’ve been meaning to shoot more video for some time now, so, this year’s visit to Franklin Rd is a series of moving images captured over the two nights leading up to Christmas Day.

The first night was miserable with rain, wind, and unseasonally cold weather (down jackets are not normal attire for December) but Christmas Eve made for a more fitting outing. This years highlight; the very talented group of four young gentlemen playing near the top of Franklin Rd, at the same house that was serving candy floss. Their tunes on the bagpipes (just one set of instruments they played) is what you’re listening to in the video.