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The Romantic Locations of One Day

Posted June 23, 2011 to photo album "The Romantic Locations of One Day"

From Scotland to Northern France, One Day’s 20-year saga visits some stunning locations.

Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat
Paris: Café le Neamours
France: The Landscape of Brittany
France: Dinard
Paris: 11th Arrondissement
Paris: Canal St. Martin
London: Floridita / Metza
London: Hampstead Heath Lido
London: The Lady Chapel in Westminster Cathedral
London: Rio Cinema
Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat

Edinburgh: Arthur's Seat

Arthur’s Seat, the peak that rises over Edinburgh, plays a poignant role in One Day.  Soaring some 800 feet up above the Scottish capital, the geological landmark provides breathtaking views of the city, the surrounding areas and the North Sea in the distance. In the film, Dexter and Emma do what so many Edinburgh residents do––meander up the grassy slopes to reach the top. The name of the peak supposedly refers back to King Arthur, although many have suggested alternative interpretations. One is that the name is a corruption of Àrd-na-Said (Height of Arrows), which would have translated into Archer’s Seat, and later Arthur’s Seat. In legend, Arthur's Seat has been mentioned as a possible location for Camelot, the mythical court of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. But more than anything, the spot remains an enduring place of romance and reflection. The poet William Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy wrote in 1803 about how Arthur’s Seat transformed the bustling urban city below into a source of gentle meditation: “We set out upon our walk and went through many streets to Holyrood House, and thence to the hill called Arthur’s Seat, a high hill, very rocky at the top and below covered with smooth turf, on which sheep were feeding. …there, instead of the roaring of torrents, we listened to the noises of the city, which were blended in one long indistinct buzz, –– a regular sound in the air, which in certain moods of feeling, at certain times might have a more tranquilizing effect upon the mind than those which we are accustomed to hear in such places.”