Saturday, August 25, 2018

Secret Edinburgh An unusual guide Paperback – August 7, 2016 by Hannah Robinson (Jonglez Publishing)

One of the best guide books I've read in a long time (I read about a dozen or more each year). Book is laid out by geographic areas with maps at the beginning of each section with number-coded entries that correspond to the topic-specific two-page write-ups with beautiful accompanying photographs of the sites. Well-written with a bit of wit that makes for both informative and entertaining reading. An excellent complement to your Fodor's, Lonely Planet, or Eyewitness. While not all of these sites might warrant a full-day venture, the maps make it easy to add one of these lovely sites to your "regular" stops. Highly recommended.

Discover hidden gardens and clandestine art that even the neighbours overlook, visit the strangest of museums, get water-boarded in a prototype Jacuzzi and traumatised by Rabelaisian rafters, decrypt mysterious Masonic markings, step inside an Icelandic lava grotto, travel to the Wild West of Morningside, learn the secrets of Mrs Coade's stone, sniff out the dogs more dazzling than Greyfriars Bobbie, track down traces of Edinburgh's Great Exhibition...

Far from the tourist traps and the crowded landmarks, you may have thought Edinburgh had no more to reveal, but the city still keeps many treasures hidden away in the most unexpected of places.

An indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Edinburgh well, or who would like to explore the curiosities of this most secretive of cities.

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