This evening, I am presenting an image of Princes Street, Edinburgh taken from atop the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.

This is one of Europe’s most celebrated streets which benefits from an open aspect to the gardens and castle. In 1840 Robert Louis Stevenson described the street as a terrace of palaces but by 1960 the tone had become harsher being described by Moray McLaren as one of the most chaotically tasteless streets in the U.K.

Princes Street today is renowned for its shops and shopping but at the peak of the busy tourist season ( July/August) a stroll up and down is not a quality experience.

To the right of the image is the New Town whilst to the left is the castle and Old Town.

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