FEATURE – Readers in the Spotlight #2 – Lesley Judge

1. Tell us a bit about yourself in a couple of sentences.

Glasgow girl returns from living in Spain to study in Edinburgh, meets Highlander, and the rest is history.  I’m marketing manager for one of Scotland’s favourite sightseeing mini-coach tour companies. I love working in tourism, travelling, and of course, exploring Scotland. I’m a Twitter fan: @lesleyjudge

2. What do you love about the city?

The architecture and views; it’s great for walking and feels like a village. I love Glasgow and I’ve lived in other great cities including Madrid and Granada but I never tire of looking at Edinburgh. The Festival, Holyrood Park, and a castle in the city centre are also special. I’ve even grown to love salt and sauce on my chips…

3. What would you change about Edinburgh if you could?

I’d put some TLC and trees back on Leith Walk, and sort out a proper integrated transport connection between Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. I’d ban haar on sunny days.

4. What are your must sees in town for visitors?

A walk up to Calton Hill, tours of the Old and New Town, visits to the city’s oldest pubs including the Guildford and the Café Royal, and of course, plenty of food, beer and whisky sampling! In summer, The Mela and the Book Festival for plenty of food for thought.

5. Favourite street or area and why?

Elm Row and Leith Walk. Not the prettiest street, but the Walk has a big heart and bigger personality. Valvona & Crolla, the Sicilian Pastry Shop and La Favorita, as well as bars Boda and Victoria are favourites.

6. Where would we find you relaxing in Edinburgh?

In my garden if the sun is shining! With my other half, walking in Holyrood Park or the Botanics, in any of the city’s art galleries or my local cinema, and eating and drinking in and around Leith and the Shore with friends and family.

7. When you are out of town, what do you miss about Edinburgh the most?

Apart from the views, I’d miss the Festival, the Fringe, and the buzz in the city at this time – the sights you get to see on the way to work are worth it, even if takes longer to get there!

8 .If you had 24 hours in town before you had to leave forever, what would you do?

A walk around Holyrood Park, followed by lunch on the Shore, then an upstairs seat on the bus along Princes Street, a stroll in the centre and a final viewing at the National Gallery. Photos of the city from Mound Place at sunset, finished off by drinks in a favourite bar with good friends.

9. Any interesting stories or facts you know about Edinburgh?

Edinburgh has a sizeable Spanish/Latin American population and an Edinburgh Spanish Circle, which was founded in 1932.

10. Sum up Edinburgh in 5 words or less.

Dark, historic and inspiring.

Thanks, Lesley!

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