I learnt about the 44 Scotland Street book series at a family gathering back home in Poland. A family friend asked me whether life in Edinburgh was any similar to the one described by Alexander McCall Smith in his books about residents of Edinburgh's New Town.
Well, having read the books while on a daily commute to Glasgow (and having received a couple of evil eyes on the Glasgow subway), I can say that there must be some truth to the chic lifestyle of 44 Scotland St residents. Floatarium is an actual place in Stockbridge and so is the Cumberland Bar, there are many galleries on Dundas Street (one of which may well belong to someone like Matthew) and Moray Place has a rather grand garden right in the middle, however, I'm not too sure if it's an official venue for meetings of the Scottish Nudists Association. There is one big disappointment though: 44 Scotland Street does not exist. We even went looking for it the other day.