Montag, 29. April 2013
Another Way of Remembrance - Memorial Benches
Princes Street Gardens is a very peaceful place to be, tranquil but alive with locals and tourists walking around, taking pictures, relaxing, or enjoying their lunch time. It took a while before I noticed that there is an engraved plaque on every bench; they are not just simple benches, they are Memorial Benches, representing stories of people who lived in Edinburgh or had just been there for a few weeks but fell immediately in love with this city. The benches are paid for by friends or family members so there is somewhere other than the graveyard to remember them. The inscriptions on the plaques are simple messages, illustrating how their closest friends felt about them, or what they had contributed to the life of the city. Once you notice these benches, you will see them everywhere around Edinburgh. They are not just in parks, but also in every public place you can imagine, like golf clubs, hospitals, and churches, as well as right along the garden side of Princes Street itself. Few of us had ever seen these kinds of benches in Europe before, so it is a very unique kind of remembrance.
“It really calms one down if you sit on one of the benches,” said a woman from France who has lived in Edinburgh for four years. You think about your own life and your own mortality. But there is this other side, the side that celebrates peoples’ lives while wondering about what job they had or where they loved to travel. Even if you are just in Edinburgh for a few days, take a little time and sit on one of the benches. You will sense an aura of peace.
Curso/CTR Travel Writing Team Edinburgh
Freitag, 12. April 2013
Built in the 17th century around the South Bridge, the chambers were thought to be cheap working places for craftsmen. After just seven years of working and living underneath the pulsating streets of Edinburgh, the traders were forced to move out because there was no way to get fresh air into the vaults and it was damp and unhealthy. After the craftsmen moved out, criminals and the poorest of the poor moved in. The living conditions were hard to bear. Prostitutes, murderers, and the sick made their homes in this disgusting location.
But in the late 18th century occupation of the vaults came to an end – they were closed down and all the people living there had to search for new places to live. About 120 rooms lay forgotten for 100 years. But, fortunately for visitors, the Vaults were rediscovered. Great stories are told there nowadays – of personal fates, mysterious rituals and historical facts. Definitely worth a visit!
Team Curso/CTR Edinburgh
The Other Side of Edinburgh...Descend into Edinburgh’s underground vaults, find your way through the Dungeon, hang out at the cemetery, haunted by the worldfamous Mackenzie poltergeist and home of the loyal dog Bobby, and look for the Haggis monster! Listen to Edinburgh’s haunted tales and explore the city’s eerie places!Team Curso/CTR Edinburgh
Dienstag, 2. April 2013
Team Curso/CTR Berlin