Our Trip to Edinburgh //

 

 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Last week I went on a lovely mini break with my boyfriend, Neil, to Edinburgh, which is one of my favourite places. It’s got a huge amount of history, interest, and also an intense amount of cafes with some seriously good cake on offer!

Cake at Lovecrumb

One of the first stops we made was Lovecrumbs, Edinburgh’s premier cake-only cafe! It was beautiful inside, really chilled, with an excellent use of vintage furniture. I went for a rhubarb and bergamot sponge, and Neil had a Bakewell Tart with plum jam. Both were delicious, enjoyed with a lovely view of their little garden. There’s a lot of other lovely places around the Grassmarket, including Mary’s Milk Bar (where we went for delicious ice cream in the sunshine) and the Red Door Gallery (where you can buy amazing prints and handmade goodies from local artisans).

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Neil and I wandered to Dean Village, a beautiful little village just a 5 minute walk out of the city centre, which was a tranquil oasis from the bustle of the city. So beautiful too! I’d highly recommend it. There was a beautiful cemetery just up the hill too, so we took in the sights there as well.

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It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon, and an excellent free activity for weekends on a budget! The weather was with us which helped a lot!

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On Tuesday it was my birthday (whee!) and Neil had treated me to a lovely trip to the zoo to see the pandas! I enjoy going to the zoo (provided it is a responsible, research based zoo with a good breeding programme!) and we had a lovely day wandering around looking at the various animals. I love the rhinos, koalas and mostly, the pandas!

Tian Tian (female panda)

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On the Wednesday we popped over to Glasgow for the day, and went for a lovely afternoon tea at Blytheswood Hotel, which was in a beautiful Georgian square. The afternoon tea was delicious, with a gorgeous view over the square.

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The desserts were a deconstructed lemon meringue pie, a chocolate eclair, a mint and chocolate macaron, a lemon drizzle and a beautiful mini Victoria Sponge with the most delicious vanilla buttercream I’ve ever had! Mmm.

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It was a wonderful trip, and I can’t wait to go back again! Have you ever been to Edinburgh? What’s your favourite thing to do there?

 

 

 

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