Thursday, 10 October 2013

Our Edinburgh Life...

I'm a little bit behind with my blog posts once again, but September the 30th was a special day as it was my Mister's 30th birthday.  Way back in July, I decided to plan a little weekend break away for us to celebrate, as he isn't the type that would appreciate a big party.  I actually think he may have been dreading turning 30, so my plan was to make it as bearable for him as possible, poor thing! (I'm yet to hit the big 3-0...but I'm darn sure I'll be more excited about the presents and less worried about the actual number when my time comes, but never mind, age affects us all differently, bless him!!!).  I've always wanted to go to Edinburgh but have never had the opportunity, so I decided that this would be the perfect location, particularly as he had been before on business but never had the chance to explore. The hardest part for me about the whole trip was keeping it a secret, as I tell my Mr I was dying to let him know! But luckily I managed to keep my big mouth shut until the eve of the trip!

What's on our itinerary?

We travelled up on the Friday before his birthday on the train, and stayed over for two nights at a lovely little guest house called "My Edinburgh Life", sat just opposite Haymarket station, a perfect location for everything we wanted to do.  I booked a trip to Edinburgh Zoo for us on the Friday, followed by a lovely meal at "Steak" on the evening.  I was really impressed with the Zoo, even though our Panda viewing was cancelled.  I absolutely loved the penguins, and was really pleased I got to see them march! I love penguins, so I was as excited as a kid at Christmas when I got to see them!  Other highlights at the zoo for me were the meerkats and the koala bears; I love the really cute looking animals, and was pleased to see that they were really well cared for.  My Mr loved the lions and the leopards, but I think the marching penguins will always have a special place in his heart too, even though there were only five marching on our visit.  If you're planning a visit to the zoo, I'd recommend super comfortable footwear as it's very hilly!! Surprisingly hilly in fact! I'd also strongly advise taking a camera, because the views of Edinburgh from the top of the zoo are amazing (plus you need some pics of the animals too)!!  Here are some of my photos (I won't bore you with them all, because I took loooooaaaaddsss!)

Time to have your steak and eat it...

As I said earlier, once we'd recovered from the zoo, I'd booked swanky restaurant "Steak" for the evening. "Steak" was recommended to me by my VBF after her visit to Edinburgh with Mama R earlier in the year. As she has impeccable taste, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed! Yes, "Steak" is pricey, but its definitely the perfect location for a special occasion...and the food was sensational! As it goes, I'm not really a big steak eater, so I ordered a fish kedgeree to start, and cod with mint mash for my main...but it was cooked to perfection.  My Mr however ordered the whole hog (or cow in this case!), beef shin to start (which was unbelievable; I sampled it!), followed by an impressive Aberdeen Angus steak topped with a crispy duck egg, and chips on the side.  The food was delicious, the atmosphere relaxing and the waiter was faultless...a perfect restaurant experience for a birthday to remember.  If you want to take a look for yourself, you can find "Steak" online here.

Cocktails, Carrie Bradshaw style!
The bar at "Steak"
The birthday boy tucking in...
...and bottoms up!

 Saturday...a day to explore...

When I booked the trip, I decided to just make concrete plans for the Friday evening, just to give my Mr the opportunity to explore on our second day.  And explore we did!! After visiting a little cafe for breakfast, we headed up towards Prince's Street, then veered off towards Edinburgh Castle in search of the "World of Illusions" museum.   This was really good fun, and I'd definitely recommend the Camera Obscura show, if only to see the sights of Edinburgh all from one room.  The view from the top of the museum was amazing, you could literally see everything!  There were some great photo opportunities within the museum too; everything is so hands on so photography is encouraged.  Don't take my word for it though, it was £12 per adult entry for the illusion experience, but if you don't enjoy it, the staff will give you a full refund on your way out! We didn't ask for a refund, it was great fun...but it's great peace of mind knowing the option is there! I'd recommend the maze of mirrors and the vortex tunnel...and you can even get married (sort of!) in the gift shop!!

A panoramic view at the top of the "World of Illusions" Museum
My Mr...the disturbing looking baby!
Big or small?

Married by Auto Wed!!!

Dinner anyone?
After the museum experience, we grabbed some lunch and sat in Prince's Street Gardens, which was blissful as the weather was gorgeous (apart from the millions of wasps trying to get in on my mocha frappe action!!!), then spent the rest of the day shopping til we were dropping! We managed to get lost in Jenners (a House of Fraser that's like a maze!) but I managed to get some gorgeous new Urban Decay make-up once I'd found the counter!! I also bought a couple of Primarky bits and bobs, and a few gifts to take home-a scarf for my VBF, scottie dog coasters for Mama L and some fudge for Papa L for dog sitting my boy Jay-Jay.

Edinburgh adventure; from the castle to the gardens!

World's most amazing cake!
Rose Street...

Ever the fashionista...I LVed LV!!
The Ammo Palette...Urban Decay...

...and a beautiful scarf for my VBF!

After a tiring day and a chill in the guest house, we strolled up to Strada to grab some pizza for tea (I'd planned to wear heels, but all the walking reduced me to wearing my new Primark boots to give my toes a break!), then we had a few drinks in and around Rose Street before heading back for a well deserved sleep! I'd really recommend "Element" on Rose Street, which had a lovely atmosphere, gorgeous cocktails and good music. We liked it so much we started and ended there!

Edinburgh Castle by night
My Edinburgh nightlife look...

...and my Mr's xx

Sunday...the wanderers return...

Sunday consisted pretty much of packing and preparing to come home, but we had such a great time!  It honestly felt as relaxing as being abroad, Edinburgh is such a lovely city break with something to do for everyone.  I ended our trip with a visit to Lush on Prince's Street to buy myself a nice Comforter bubble bar, then spent my first evening at home with my tired feet in a hot, soapy bath!! We walked our legs off, but really made the most of our Edinburgh experience, I'd definitely go back!

Silly Selfie...ready for home!

So it's a big happy 3-0 to my man, and the only thing left to ponder is...what shall I do for mine? :)

K xx

Where's your favourite place for a city break?


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