The weather's finally begun to cool in earnest in New York and I'm reminded lately of Edinburgh, where the nights feel cooler year round. It's a little cloudier now and we're getting less and less of that rich, late summer sunlight which makes everything look a little cinematic. Thankfully a lot of that moody light is preserved here - the sandstone colored buildings make the city feel like a giant, sprawling castle, and when the sun sets the whole city is bathed in a golden warmth.
A seat fit for a king
There are two high views in Edinburgh - Arthur's Seat and the view from Edinburgh Castle. Both are popular for a reason - it feels powerful to be up high, though we were nearly buffeted off the cliffs of Arthur's Seat by incessant wind. We had three-ish days of full sun, apparently highly unusual for mid-late July (or Scotland, in general). I think I was expecting a lot of high rises mixed in with older buildings, something similar to London, but found a sprawling sandstone settlement instead.
Harry Potter was dreamt up here...
Besides being stately and historic, Edinburgh struck me as pleasantly liveable - particularly so when we walked past this part, next to the university. Seems like a pretty idyllic way to spend your late teens.