Croma Pizzeria

A few years ago now, the landmark large Odeon cinema on Lothian Road changed quite dramatically. The large letters ODEON hanging above the glass front came down and were replaced by the unfamiliar signage of Croma – a new pizza place. For a while, I thought that the cinema had closed completely but to avoid any confusion, the Odeon is still open today, it’s just the main foyer is almost completely dominated by this new restaurant.

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Hamilton’s, like many establishments in Stockbridge, has passed me by until fairly recently. In the seven years or so that I’ve lived in Edinburgh, I’ve kind of stuck around the south side of the city, but since I’ve started this site and following the rave reviews, I find myself going north of Princes Street and heading to Stockbridge more and more often.

After hearing a couple of good words about Hamilton’s, I thought I’d better give it a go. So, one lazy weekend afternoon, Mr. B and I decided to treat ourselves to a spot of brunch.

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Should you spit in the Heart of Midlothian?

As you pass St Giles Cathedral, you may notice an unassuming brick mosaic of in the shape of a heart on the pavement. This is the Heart of Midlothian, and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it. However, it’s rarely missed by the locals, who normally feel compelled to spit a huge gob of phlegm in it every time they pass. Why do they do this? Where does this icky tradition come from? And should you do it too?

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The Scottish National Gallery

Right in the very heart of the city, you’ll find one of Scotland’s largest  and finest collections of art in the Scottish National Gallery. A complex of three different buildings seamlessly interconnected, this wide collection consists of ever-changing exhibitions in the Royal Academy, and permanent works from the great names of European art like Monet, Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt.

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