The Simple Things

December 6, 2013


I’m really thrilled to be a contributor to the latest edition of one of my favourite magazines, The Simple Things! As most of you know, writing about Edinburgh from the heart comes easy to me, so getting the chance to share my love for the most beautiful city in the world (a totally objective opinion, of course) in the magazine’s regular series ‘My City’ was a wonderful opportunity.


For those of you who are new to The Simple Things, it’s a magazine that “celebrates the things that matter most. It’s about slowing down, enjoying what’s on your doorstep, making mindful choices, being curious, and gathering friends, family and the fruits of the land (…). And we like to think that the small, simple things we do will make a difference in the long run.” It won’t surprise you that, when asked what my ‘simple thing’ was, I chose ‘spending an afternoon at a museum’. And, of course, I couldn’t go for long without mentioning a museum or two in the article!

If you aren’t a reader of The Simple Things already, you can find the latest issue on sale in the UK as of today (6 December). If you’re overseas, you can also subscribe online or download the iPad version. In both cases you have the choice between a long term subscription or just buying a one off issue. And here on the blog, especially for any new readers finding their way here via the article, I’ve pulled together a couple of links relating to the places I’ve mentioned.

National Museum of Scotland

As mentioned in the article, my favourite place in Edinburgh to escape to is the National Museum of Scotland. My ‘love affair’ with the museum spans a good thirty years. It’s difficult to put in words just how special that place is to me, so I’ll just show you this short video (4 mins) I made instead:

Here are a few blog posts relating to the National Museum of Scotland that you might enjoy:

  • The handy overview of the new galleries created in the recent major refurbishment will help you find what you’re interested in.
  • If you take your kids one place when you next visit Edinburgh, take them to the Imagine gallery!
  • Make your own DIY mobile with some of the museum’s most iconic objects (includes free downloadable template).
  • Mix yourselves a cocktail inspired by the museum’s Lewis Chessmen.
  • The fun and exciting ‘Museum Explorer’ mobile app will put you in the mood for a visit.
  • Find out about the connection between the museum and Disney Pixar’s movie ‘Brave’!

Museum of Fire

My ‘private tour’ recommendations feature the Museum of Fire, located in a retired fire station on Lauriston Place. It’s the kind of museum the term ‘hidden gem’ was coined for and tells the fascinating history of the UK’s – and possibly the world’s – oldest municipal fire brigade. You can read all about it here: Edinburgh’s Museum of Fire

Hart to Hart

It’s true, my guilty pleasure it watching old episodes of Hart to Hart and I’m not afraid to admit it! Of course, one of my favourite episodes is the set in a museum and includes the mysterious disappearance of a mummy. It previously featured in my blog series ‘Museums and the Movies’, and you can find the post here: Museums and the Movies – Hart to Hart

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