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Top Tip: Armstrongs

16 Nov

There are several of these vintage shops in and around Edinburgh, the largest of which can be found on Grassmarket.  They are wonderful treasure troves and you can find almost anything amongst their displays.  Their selection of cashmere jumpers is excellent and particularly useful at this time of year when it’s getting cold and you want to find something truly warm that doesn’t cost the earth.

The only downside is that all their truly stunning dresses, dresses you wouldn’t mind really paying for, are not for sale.  Apparently it’s because they’re too expensive.  I’d like the be the judge of that, thank you.  I guess they just don’t want people trying them on all the time and they do look beautiful hanging up.  They do, however, serve to make the dresses that are actually for sale a little less interesting.

I’m thinking of buying myself a sporon to wear as purse when I leave Scotland.  Something to remember Edinburgh by.  If I do, Armstrongs is where I shall head.


Balcony Café, National Museum of Scotland

12 Nov

Score: 4/5

Prices: Average (tea/coffe and cake for under £5)

Best For: Relaxing after taking a stroll around the museum

I’ll admit that it was very close to closing time when I got to this café, hence the tea in a cardboard cup (usually you would have a china cup and tea-pot) and the slightly sad-looking piece of cake.  I have therefore been generous with my score because I think this café would usually be much nicer than my experience of it.  There was very little cake left, and crumbs all over the place which didn’t make it seem all that inviting but it was delicious (orange cake – yummy) and I’m sure they were just sold out because the other cakes were equally good.  They have a wide selection of loose teas, I had ginger and camomile.  The set up of the café is also lovely, on a balcony (as the name would suggest) and beautiful and bright.  You can people watch to your heart’s content and soak in the precious light.  It’s a lovely place to stop for a minute when you actually at the museum, but I don’t think I’d make a special trip just to go to the café.

Roof Terrace, Scottish National Gallery

9 Nov

Edinburgh is a fantastic city for views, but I think the roof terrace at the National Museum of Scotland offers a unique opportunity to see the city at roof-top height.  Most of the time, when you look out at a view of Edinburgh, you are looking down at the city, here you are looking across the chimney pots and towards the spires.  It is simply beautiful.  The roof terrace is not exactly easy to find however, so you really have to be searching for it.  It makes a fun game though.  First one to the roof terrace wins!

Day Trip: National Museum of Scotland

6 Nov

Have you visited the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland yet?  Because if you haven’t you really should try to make some time to go.  It is sad to see the loss of the gold-fish ponds, and it’s a little strange entering the museum in the basement as opposed to the grand entrance, but the displays are simply beautiful.  I particularly enjoyed the natural history section which has just the most amazing taxidermy.  How can you not fall in love with that cheeky giraffe.  It makes for a great day trip, and they have a nice café where you can refresh yourself, aswell as their wonderful roof terrace with unique views of the city, but more about them later…

Autumn Sunset

1 Nov

You’ve got to love this time of year for the beautiful sunsets, even if it does mean that the long dark winter is looming.  I needn’t worry too much about it this year as I’m off to the southern hemisphere for a month – whoop!

I just wanted to say that I’m sorry blogging has been a little slow recently, I’ve entered my final year of studies and work has rather cranked up leaving me little time for extracurricular activities…  I have occasionally been getting out and about however, and have a couple of newly reviewed café’s to post and will try to get these up before I leave.  I have been neglecting my little blog and I cannot let this continue!

Festival Crowds

6 Aug

Top Tip: The Red Door Gallery

16 Jun

The Red Door Gallery is just one of the best places in Edinburgh to pick up gifts or while away some time browsing.  Their boutique is full of beautiful screen prints, cool homeware, jewelry, bags, accessories and other wonderful gifty things.  I’d recommend popping in next time you are near Victoria Street.

Arthur’s Seat and the Crags

15 Jun

Edinburgh’s Chimneys at Sunset

13 Jun

Top Tip: Hannah Zakari and Analogue Books

4 Jun

Half way down Candlemaker Row you will find these two little tresures.  One is Hannah Zakari a beautiful shop full of great jewelry, bags, stationary and lovely prints.  Perfect if you are shopping for gifts or treating yourself.  They also have a great range of cards if you are looking for something a bit different.

And right next door you’ll find Analogue Books which is an art book shop and gallery.  It’s fantastic for a good browse and you’re sure to find something truely original here.

A sunny evening at the Meadows

3 Jun

View from Arthur’s Seat on a Rainy Day

2 Jun

Whilst these may not have been the most pleasant conditions in which to climb Arthur’s Seat it certainly did provide some atmospheric views.  Edinburgh Castle looked very mysterious and the Cockenzie Power Station rather eerie.

Edinburgh in Bloom

30 May

I may have been a little absent from my blog in the past couple of months, but I’ve still been busy with my camera.  Here are a couple of my favorite photos of Edinburg’s Spring flowers.

Chimneys in the Sunshine

7 Mar

Edinburgh Haar

17 Feb

This morning I woke up and looked out of my bedroom window to beautiful sunshine.  About 15 minutes later the haar descended…