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A webzine I created to highlight aspects of Edinburgh that to me, are memorable and that I will never forget.

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  • Never Forget

  • Im Zoe, a 19 year oldstudent living inEdinburgh.Edinburgh. Ive lived here for over a year now and I think that it is such a beautiful city. I decided to make this webzine to highlight some of the citys places that are important to me.me. I came here last September to study Physics, but I transfered this time around.

  • I decided to capture an image of the castle from the view point in Princes Street Gardens. This was to show a different side to the urban city. In places I believe that it is very picturesque and old fashioned. The scenery isis beautiful and void of modern structures and can often be overlooked by the residents here. A lot of Edinburgh with its Victorian type architecture can look very traditional, but I believe the modern urban shops overshadow them.overshadow them.

    Especially on Princes street. Its easy to go through the city of Edinburgh, maybe on your way to work or to the shops, without seeing any nature. Nobody really stops to think how lucky they actually are to have such a unique place on their doorstep. unique place on their doorstep.

    The beautiful autumn coloured leaves against the hillside and the castle really are breath taking. If I had taken the same picture looking behind me, I would have seen a busy urban high street above, where everyoneeveryone would be too busy to care what was happening below.

  • It really is an unforgettable image of life in Edinburgh.

  • The Royal mile is probably the most visited road in Edinburgh by tourists. It is rich in history, running all the way from Holyrood Palace to the Castle. PicturedPictured here is St Giles Cathedral, or the High Kirk of Edinburgh, which is situated

    I find the history of Edinburgh to be fascinating. Underneath the very road I was stood on when I captured this picture, there used to be an underground city. To thinkthink of all the horrible things that took place there, it makes for such an eerie place, even now.

    about a third of the way down the mile. On the floor outside is the Heart of Midlothian, a mosaic that marks the historic point of public execution. This very squaresquare originally was a prison in the 15th century.

  • Across the road from the

    Kirk, is a statue of the

    great philosopher David

    Hume. Whom for all of

    his life, resided in

    Edinburgh. During

    college, I studied

    philosophy,philosophy, specialising

    in epistemology, the

    theory of knowledge.

    David Hume was a

    leader in that field, and it

    was his work in

    empiricism that inspired

    me the most. I like to

    think of myself as an

    empiricist, a person who

    believes that knowledge

    isis gained from

    experiences and that you

    are born with no prior

    beliefs. This statue is

    compromised of him

    holding a tabula rasa,

    which literally means

    blank slate in Latin.

    The tabula rasa was one

    of his main theories that I

    studied. It is the idea that

    everyoneeveryone is born a blank

    slate, and that all

    knowledge is gained

    from experiences.

    This was one of the many

    reasons why I am proud

    to live in Edinburgh, and

    walk the same streets he

    walked down all those

    years ago.

    AsAs you can see one of his

    big toes has been worn

    away and turned to gold.

    It is believed that if you

    rub this toe for luck you

    will gain eternal wisdom.

    I believe that it is rather

    ironic.ironic. A man famed for

    his scepticism, is now a

    symbol of luck for the

    superstitious.

  • I wanted to

    include a picture of the

    castle, but I didnt

    want the typical shot

    from the lawn market,

    or of the skyline from

    Carlton Hill. I wanted

    toto show the castle from

    a different, more

    natural, perspective.

    This is a view from the

    rooftop of the National

    Museum of Scotland. The

    weather was more typical

    of an autumn day in

    Edinburgh; there were

    many clouds in the sky and

    itit was dull and cold.

    The Museum is a lovely

    place to spend an afternoon

    exploring. Up on the roof

    they have a small

    selection of Scottish

    flowers, and an unusual

    360 view of the city.

    InIn my mind this view is

    defintitely a more

    accurate view of what the

    city is really like.

  • I often wonder what it would look like to see the city from a birds perspective. Up here you can see out for miles on a clear day. These pigeons looked as if they too, were sitting in awe of the beautiful view: standing on a rooftop, taking in all the sights with the rest of us.us. Usually when people photograph Edinburgh, Ive noticed that a lot of things become irrelevant in comparison to the citys old architecture. Just like these pigeons, but theyre as much a part of the city as we are, and they shouldnt be forgotten.

  • Not a lot of people are aware of the Union Canal, reaching from Falkirk to Edinburgh. I walk across the canal every morning to reach university; its such a stunningstunning place. Pictured here is one of the many narrow boats that are docked here and its friendly driver giving me

    a thumbs up as I took a picture from the road bridge above. The path beside the canal is one of my favourite cycle routes into the city from my flat; its quite a hotspot for runnersrunners too. I cycle down it at least once a week to go to a local health food shop in Tollcross.

    I always find it such a relaxing place to visit when I have a spare afternoon. Even if the weather isnt too good, it is still a nice place to get away from the traffic and thethe tourists the mob the city centre.

  • Before I transferred to

    Napier, I studied at

    the University of

    Edinburgh. This was

    one of its student

    unions, Teviot Row

    House. Teviot is the

    oldestoldest purpose built

    student union in the

    world, opening in

    1889. This place has a

    lot of memories for

    me; its where I

    always hung out with

    mymy friends, met

    people for a drink

    after class, and where

    many special events

    were held.

    I think its such an

    amazing building,

    inside and out. It

    always reminds me of

    a tiny castle, which I

    believe is iconic of

    Edinburgh.

    II had to include this

    in my magazine, as it

    is one of my absolute

    favourite places to go

    in the city.