Following on from the Leith Street to Princes Street post yesterday, we’re going to head from Princes Street east along the street up to Waterloo Place, a good spot to finish this little city centre jaunt as that’s where I had left the car parked on this particular day!
I’ve always preferred this end of Princes Street to the West End, I never felt I belonged down the West End with it’s pretentious pubs. You’ll notice how everything is gauged by pubs for a Scotsman…
So lets start with Princes Mall, basically an indoor shopping area between Waverley Bridge and Princes Street, this is the Waverley Bridge entrance, it’s only really included here as I liked the wave of the roof with the Balmoral hotel in the background!
Just round the corner I spotted the masses waiting for the green man to signal the start of the race to get across the bottom of South St Andrews Street and Princes Street. Once that green man appears, the floodgates open! Making your way only Princes Street especially at the weekend is a task for the patient only.
Heading to the extreme east end of Princes Street you’ll pass the Balmoral Hotel, this was the concierge suitably decked out in tourist pleasing tartan trews.
Cross the road with the North Bridge to your right and you’re heading up into Waterloo place past the old GPO building, now how to Microsoft and NHS Lothian amongst others. Look to your left and there’s the monstrosity of the St James Centre, and Thistle Hotel in all it’s glory. A concrete boil on the arse of Edinburgh.
Further up Waterloo Place is the entrance to the fairly east to miss, Old Calton Burial Ground, jam packed with historic Edinburgh graves, quite a creepy place, even as graveyards go.
I really must get myself moving, got so much stuff stacked up ready to post!