Instagram @exploringedinburgh Shawna | Edinburgh, Scotland
A Scottish/Malaysian who enjoys wandering around Edinburgh with a camera! 💌:[email protected] ⇣ New Blog Post Website: http://www.exploringedinburgh.co.uk/2018/01/i-visited-golden-hare-books-and-loved-it.html?m=1
"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” - Terri Guillemets ~ Another little snap from my time up Nelson Monument! What a wonderful view you get up there, although next time I hope to go up in less windy hazy weather 😅. PS My new blog post about my visit to Golden Hare Books (my favourite Edinburgh bookshop) is up now - link in bio! I’ve been wanting to post more blog posts about independent Edinburgh businesses and I’m finally getting around to it!
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin ~ I woke up to a winter wonderland in Fife! I hear it's also snowing in Edinburgh at the moment, so here's another photo of snowy Edinburgh ❄️ is it snowing where you live?
“Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” - Lewis Carroll ~ Good morning! Personally, I enjoy nothing more than a lovely bowl of porridge (especially at this time of the year) so I couldn’t resist popping into @bababudancoffee on Saturday to visit @groats.edi pop-up. I tried the “whole orange” and it was very refreshing! If you want to try Groats, they’ll be at Bada Budan on Sunday 14th ☺️ P.S. we also enjoyed a lovely peppermint tea by @roseveartea!
“How right it is to love flowers and the greenery of pines and ivy and hawthorn hedges; they have been with us from the very beginning.” - Vincent Van Gogh ~ Doesn’t Life Story have one of the prettiest exteriors (and it’s pretty wonderful inside too)! @lifestoryedin sells stylish Scandi inspired homewares and jewellery etc, plus there’s a tiny cafe at the back of the shop (which sells matcha lattes too) ☕️ If you haven’t visited it yet, I couldn’t recommend it more, it’s one of my favourites! #supportsmallbusiness
"This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again." - Alexander McCall Smith ~ Okay, so I know this isn’t the best or sharpest photo, but I really wanted to share it because for those of you who have read my “Edinburgh Bucket List 2018” blog (link in bio), you’ll know that Nelson’s Monument was on my list and guess what? I climbed it yesterday!! And the reason I didn’t get great photos is thanks to the crazy winds 😂
“You are not a powerless speck of dust drifting around in the wind...we are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes-unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~ Are you tired of the snowy Edinburgh posts yet? 🙊 I went snap crazy last Friday, because if I’m honest we rarely get snow in Edinburgh, let alone snow that lies! So there may be a few more snowy shots coming your way soon.
"There's no blank spots on the map anymore, anywhere on earth. If you want a blank spot on the map, you gotta leave the map behind.” ― Jon Krakauer ~ As much as I agree with this quote, I have always loved maps! Over the years, I’ve been collecting interesting Edinburgh books when I see them charity shops and even came across a selection of old Edinburgh maps (prints) in a secondhand shop. Since the weather has been pretty dreich recently, I’ve enjoyed going over some of them. If you’re wondering what book I’m reading it’s called “The Making of Classical Edinburgh”, if you’re interested I’ve seen a few copies in the secondhand bookstore next to Lovecrumbs 😊
"Everything is magical when it snows. Everything looks pretty.” - Gilmore Girls ~ Here’s another snowy Edinburgh scene from the other day - how I wish it snowed more often in the lowlands! Anyway, despite my slightly freezing feet and a hood that just wouldn’t stay up, there was one place that I just had to see covered in snow... Circus Lane! It was worth it. Please add the tag #loves_united_life
“I like chance meetings--life is full of them. Everyday, without realizing it, I pass people whom I should know. At this moment, in this cafe, we're sitting next to strangers. Everyone will get up, leave, and go on their own way. And they'll never meet again. And if they do, they won't realize that it's not for the first time.” - Krzysztof Kieslowski ~ Okay, so I know it’s well past the appropriate time to post a photo of Christmas decorations, but, I realised I hadn’t shared this photo of one of my favourite cafes Strumpets (thanks again to @ajmerron_docs for introducing it to me!) and the wonderful West End decorations. What’s your favourite Edinburgh cafe or coffee shop? I’d love to know.☺️
“January brings the snow, Makes our feet and fingers glow.” - Sara Coleridge ~ Hello, January! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Hogmanay! I felt like a little change with regards to my Instagram this year, so I thought I’d post the months of the year - it’ll make it easy to glance back and look at the changing seasons!
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” - Melody Beattie ~ The last post of 2017! How the year as flown by! Here’s a little snap of yours truly, in my favourite festive jumper, enjoying a cuppa tea & a sweet treat at the Pastry Section! I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Hogmanay & New Year 🎇 see you in 2018! P.S. thanks for the photo @jamesmc_44
"A snow day literally and figuratively falls from the sky—unbidden—and seems like a thing of wonder." ~ It finally properly snowed yesterday and for a short time Edinburgh was transformed into a winter wonderland! Here’s a little snap of Edinburgh Castle, when the snow was just starting to lie. Plenty more snowy Burgh photos to come! P.S. I’ve seen these snow effects everywhere on Instagram and I wanted to join in 🙊❄️
“I'm never bored, never ever bored. If I've got a day off I'll sit in a cafe and watch and observe. I'm a great observer.” - David Suchet
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle ~ Doesn’t Old College’s tree look magical?! I can’t wait till all the restoration work is finished at Old College and the scaffolding is gone (I had to crop it out this photo) 🙊
“Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show. The secret lies in an inner glow. It is lighting a fire inside the heart. Good will and joy a vital part. It is higher thought and a greater plan. It's glorious dream in the soul of man.” - Wilfred A. Peterson ~ I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! Do you have any plans today? I think it’ll be a quiet day for me, it’ll probably consist of watching E.T, reading my new book, and eating lots of chocolate ☺️
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” - John Burroughs
“The ancient and famous metropolis of the North sits overlooking a windy estuary from the slope and summit of three hills. No situation could be more commanding for the head city of a kingdom.” - Robert Louis Stevenson ~ I’ve never been much of a reader, but, as of recently it’s become one of my favourite pastimes. If you haven’t read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Edinburgh Picturesque Notes I’d recommend it. I also like the sketches throughout, like this one of John Knox’s House (swipe left to see what it looks like now!) Ps how cute are these @happysocks holiday-edition socks! 🎄
“Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usualy are.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland ~ Isn’t @pinnies_poppies‘s window display simply marvellous! I find the longer I stare at it the more I see. I spotted it on my mad dash down to the train station yesterday, unfortunately, I didn’t have time to pop in but I’ll be back! ☺️