While on a brief foray east to the capital, wandering about the New Town gave me the notion to do a bit of psychogeography, appropriate given that’s where I often used to drift. It felt appropriate to pick St. Vincent Street, much shorter than its counterpart in Glasgow but with an old church at its foot that I’ve always liked. St. Vincent Street only runs a few hundred yards from Great King Street but it’s interesting enough. Leaving aside the old church with its clock tower (inevitably now flats) I noticed an interesting decorated window high up on the other side with what looked like cuddly toys, possibly Moomins or Gremlins. I would keep the latter of direct sunlight, if possible. A fair few of the windows I had passed on my wander about the New Town had featured political posters for the upcoming election so toys were definitely a change of pace. An opticians was open with a colourful display in the window too. A few folk were walking by, including the postie darting between buildings. I stood on the step outside the old church and looked up towards George Street, into a city just starting to reopen once more. I thought that this church with its steps would be the ideal spot for a grand city wedding though now that wouldn’t happen. The church was the work of William Henry Playfair, distinguished architect, and a stone above the door marked that and the Lord Provost of Edinburgh at the time. I looked at that and then back up into the city I went, reflecting as I went about Circus Lane, which leads off to the right from St. Vincent Street. How many carefully curated pictures of Circus Lane hadn’t appeared on the ‘Gram in the last few months? I was sure we could cope without them, as I walked on by heading for another street before home.
Thanks for reading. This is part of the occasional Intercity series here on Walking Talking. Dublin Street, also in Edinburgh, will be here next week. Other Edinburgh streets which have featured are the High Street and Leith Walk, with Easter Road as a bonus a couple of summers ago.