This painting shows the West Bow as it looked in 1854, - it's a street that
winds down from the Royal Mile and George IV Bridge to the Grassmarket
behind and to the east of the Castle.
The Caledonian Hotel,
The Caledonian Hotel, with Edinburgh Castle in background, is the best
hotel in the city. If you can afford to stay there, it is absolutely the
place for a great visit to all the tourist sites. It is within walking
distance of all the most popular restaurants, shops, concert halls and
theatres - a great advantage during the Festival when the streets are
choked with traffic and visitors. Not only is there the International
Festival (drama, opera, music, ballet from around the world), but there are
four other festivals that run concurrently --
The Film Festival (one of the largest in the world, open to the public)
The Book Festival (lots of famous writers)
The Jazz Festival
The Folk Music Festival
and last but not least, the Fringe Festival -- a marvellous free for
all with thousands of oddball performances, plays, revues, by professional
and amateur groups from around the world. There is a round-the-clock
schedule of events for 2 weeks of wild and wacky fun.
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