Arquivo da categoria: Scotland

Edinburgh (to be continued – maybe 2016)

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, the second largest city in Scotland, and the seventh-most populous in the United Kingdom. The City of Edinburgh Council is one of Scotland’s 32 local government council areas. The council area includes urban Edinburgh and a 30-square-mile (78 km2) rural area. Located in the south-east of Scotland, Edinburgh lies on the east coast of the Central Belt, along the Firth of Forth, near the North Sea.

Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city was one of the major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, earning it the nickname Athens of the North. The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. There are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. In May 2010, it had a total of 40 conservation areas covering 23% of the building stock and 23% of the population, the highest such ratios of any major city in the UK. In the 2010 mid-year population estimates, Edinburgh had a total resident population of 486,120.

The city is well-known for the annual Edinburgh Festival, a collection of official and independent festivals held annually over about four weeks from early August. The number of visitors attracted to Edinburgh for the Festival is roughly equal to the settled population of the city. The most famous of these events are the Edinburgh Fringe (the largest performing arts festival in the world), the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Other events include theHogmanay street party, Burns Night and the Beltane Fire Festival. Edinburgh attracts 1 million overseas visitors a year, making it the most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom, after London.

>>What to do:

>>Movie: Trainspotting

Links para montar viagem:



Other friend of mine sent me a text telling about her journey in Glasgow – Scotland in 17th January, 2008. Hope you all like it, it’s great, especially for the fans of music.

“Red doors and big windows. These were the first lightning things we saw as we entered Runfield Lane. We were looking for this place: STEREO, where Little Joy would be playing later that night.
The Lane was very dark looking like this ghettos in horror movies, where the bad guys normally hide. But, out of the sudden, the darkness faded away by a multicolor view of the inside of the bar! The big windows showed us a bright place, and as we passed through the big red doors,the sound of people was huge! And more amazing was the food, the best part is that there is no use of animal produce in any meal, so, if you are a vegetarian or vegan, the food suits you perfectly! Well, that was a very fine touch, in my opinion, gives the place an extra cool seasoning. Too bad I didn’t take a picture from inside the bar, but you can see it in the website!
In the mean time, as we were waiting for a table (yes, the gig seemed to have gotten the attencion of public!) the barman became our friend. And guess who was sitting next to me… Rodrigo Amarante (singer of Los Hermanos and Little Joy). I admit it took me some time to realize it was him, because every man there had the same looks: big black beard and big hair! And, finally, when we got seats, as I was nicely eating my delicious baba ganoush and drinking my white flower’s tea, I notice that we were 3 tables away from the whole Little Joy Staff’s table, that means, suddenly and without producing some histerical screaming people’s scene, Fabrizio Moretti walks through the house just like “yeah, I am the drummer of The Strokes. Hi” Normal. Didn’t get any attention. So cool!!
Just for the food and the ambience of Stereo the visit is worth having, I really advice you to have a look at the menu at the website, is very interesting, you can have an organic toast or an organic blueberry juice. You really feel healthy.
Now, the GIG! If the upper part of Stereo is nice, the UNDERLAND (in Alice’s time..) is much interesting: steppingdown the metal stairs, you get in a queue to drop your bags (2 pounds.. well…) and than you get some scratches with some hidrocolor pen at the back of your hand, and… we were in! Small stage, and proporcional small dancing floor, I just loved the seiling. There is a picture at the site. The Guinnes beer was warm so we ended up having some other white beer that I don’t remember the name. The bar downstairs was nice, very bizarre looking, but in some way very colourful. A band called Dead Trees oppened the concert. I had never heard of them until that day but the sound is really good! I liked them, very carismatic band. And, the bass player looks exactly like… John Lennon!
So, very disturbing was the fact that glasgonians, or how do you call them, did NOT dance… at all! Although when Little Joy started to play, I think I saw some heads bouncing.. maybe my imagination…! But only brazilians were jumping and singing. Há!” 
>>STEREO (place for food, music and events)