jueves, 17 de diciembre de 2009

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle in on the castle rock and dominates Edinburgh. Is one of its symbols. We saw it on Saturday afternoon and it took several hours.At 5.45 guards told us that the time was over and so we had to go out (sorry)!!!!!!

More information here or here

SONGS: Today I will show you three different versions of the same song, "Hallelujah" a Leonard Cohen's song, from his album "Various Positions" (1,984)
The original one:

Leonard Cohen Lyrics

The second one is a Jeff Buckley's version

The third one is Rufus Wainwright's version (Shrek soundtrack) and translated to Spanish

The last one is from John Cale

martes, 15 de diciembre de 2009

Carlton Hill

Carlton Hill is a hill in the east of New Town where are monuments and from you can see wonderful views of Edinburgh. Unfortunately we couldn't see all of them.

SONGS: Today, Loreena McKennitt a Canadian singer who performes world music.

The first song is "The Mummers' dance" from her album "The Book of Secrets"

Loreena McKennit Lyrics

The second one is Kecharitomene, an instrumental song from her cd "An Ancient Muse"

sábado, 12 de diciembre de 2009

New Town

In 1700 Old Town was overcrowded, noisy and dirty. Visitors said they could smell Edinburgh as they approached Dalkieth some 8 miles to the South. Lack of proper drainage and generally insanitary conditions caused ill-health. So Edinburgh needed a new town and it was builded in the north of Old Town (from north to south).In 1766 James Craig's architectural scheme was chosen. The original New Town had three paralell streets: Princess Street, George Street & Queen Street; there were, too, spacious gardens.
Princess Streets is between two famous hotels :Caledonian Hotel in the North and the Balmoral Hotel in the South.
North Bridge connected Old and New Town.
The Old Town & the New Town are a UNESCO World Heritage Site
My favorite place was Rose Street (between Princess Street & George Street) a pedestrian street with a lot of pubs and people.

SONGS: The Stones Roses were an alternative English band formed in Manchester in 1984 which made only two albums. They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement
The first one is "I'm the resurrection"

Stone Roses Lyrics

The second one is "Waterfall". Both songs from their first (and best) album "The Stone Roses"

Stone Roses Lyrics

viernes, 11 de diciembre de 2009

Old Town

God! I don't know what happened to me but my mind was a blank and I couldn't think in English and no words came to me.

Old Town is, for me, the most beautiful place of Edinburgh with lot of places and corners to visit: the Royal Mile, Grassmarket (wonderful pubs), George IV Street (Bobby's Statue, The Elephant House-the place where Harry Potter was born-, etc), Cowgate, South Bridge & North Bridge ...

The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

SONGS: Now, new songs from a British Duo called Soulsavers from their second album"It's now how far you fall, It's the way you land" . The album features American singer Mark Lanegan as vocalist.
The first one is "Revival" and it seems like a godspell song

Lyrics | Soulsavers Lyrics | Revival Lyrics

The second one is "Kingdoms of Rain". The first time I heard it I thought it was a Leonard Cohen's song, tbe Canadian Song-writer

Kingdoms Of Rain