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Lockdown Grassmarket 01 | by byronv2
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Lockdown Grassmarket 01

The Grassmarket, a large square in the lower part of the Old Town, sitting right below the enormous edifice of Edinburgh Castle. Packed with bars, restaurants, a regular street market, hotels, it is normally thriving with locals, visitors, tourists. In fact normally so busy with students on a pub crawl, stag and hen parties getting drunk and lots of tourists that often locals tend to avoid it or walk quickly through while muttering about "bloody tourists" getting in the way. How things have changed in a few weeks...


Some of the bars have had the windows boarded up as a precaution while they lie closed, which, along with the empty streets, adds to a surreal and unsettling atmosphere. Middle of the afternoon, area should be jumping with people. What strange times we find ourselves in.


Several of the resident pigeons walked up to me and looked up at me, as if to say, come on, where is everyone? No doubt poor things are waiting for people to drop some of the food they are eating in the Grassmarket so they can claim it.

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Taken on April 1, 2020