Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on seven hills. Rising above Princess street (the main shopping promenade), is the castle rock, a volcanic plug where the first defensive settlement was founded over 2,000 years ago, and a landmark to anyone who is lost. To the south, The Royal Mile, probably Edinburgh's oldest street, runs through the old town, beyond the Flodden Wall and towards the parkland of Hollyrood.
<-- The Royal Mile:
"The largest, longest and finest street for Buildings and Number of Inhabitants, not only in Britain, but in the World..." (Daniel Defoe, 1723)
As the name suggests, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scottish mile long, and runs from Edinburgh castle at the top of the Castle rock down to Holyrood abbey. It is said to be referred to by locals as "High Street", but properly, this is the name of only one stretch.
While walking up the Princess street, I spotted an opening in the wall and old stone steps leading to what I thought would be a good spot for some panoramic shots of Old town. But all of a sudden I found myself surrounded by an old cemetery, where the air was filled with a notion of awe and mistery. Old Calton Cemetery was split in two by the construction of Waterloo Place in 1818, some graves were moved to New Calton Cemetery, whilst this small section was cut adrift on the other side of the road. Today, many of Edinburgh's citizens walk by, some 15 feet below the level of the graveyard, completely oblivious of its existence.