“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” - Linda Grayson ~ Morning everyone! I happened to pass by @cocochocolatier yesterday and notice how adorable their shop is looking at the moment! If you’re a chocolate lover (like myself) I’d highly recommend popping into one of their shops or the Art Galleries often stock them too! Since I’m on the topic, I also think they make great souvenirs if you’re visiting Edinburgh or I’ve often picked them up as presents for people as their wrapping paper beautiful! 😍 #independentedinburgh
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” - Marcus Aurelius
“You have to treat yourself. Life is too short to deprive yourself of things.” - Nathalie Emmanuel ~ I’m a strong believer in treating yourself every now and then! For me that tends to be in the form of a cake or a really good cheese scone - both of which @honeycombandco have! ~ Edinburgh has a host of lovely cafes, so many of which I haven’t yet visited! Do you have a favourite Edinburgh cafe/cake shop/coffee shop? 😄☕️ (Also, I’d highly recommend checking out Unlock Tours’ “Delicious Indulgences: Walking Afternoon Tea” Food tour which features Honeycomb & Co!)
“All sorrows are less with bread.” - Miguel de Cervantes ~ Slightly different post this morning but I just wanted to share a photo of @labarantine and it’s owner Vincent with you! It’s such a charming independent bakery with amazing French treats and well worth visiting! ~ Also, if you would like to hear about the shop’s fascinating history from Vincent, get the chance to ask him questions plus watch him make his bread and taste some after, I’d highly recommend checking out @unlockedinburghtours’s Meet the Artisans Food Tour (link in bio)! As well as visiting @labarantine, there are a host of wonderful artisans that you will meet on the tour 😊 I also have a discount code for you to get 50% off, quote “INSTA50” when booking online (up till 31st Aug)
“Be honest, be nice, be a flower not a weed.” - Aaron Neville ~ It’s the start of a new week and already I’ve been caught in the rain without an umbrella! Thankfully, I can count on Scottish weather being changeable and ended up drying off in the sun while I waited for my bus. ~ Here’s a little snap from one of my favourite mews, Belford mews. I’d be interested to know whether you prefer Belford Mews or Circus Lane? ☺️
“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.” - Hal Boyle ~ Here’s a little snapshot from Friday! My friend Ashleigh and I had a lovely catch up at Strumpets then a leisurely stroll through Dean Village and ended up at the Modern Art Gallery. As much as I enjoy the buzz the city has at the moment, it’s lovely to escape it for a little while. ~ On another note, there’s part of me that’s a tad wary to share photos of Dean Village as I want it to remain somewhat hidden and not turn into a bustling tourist destination.. But for the time being I’ve pushed that thought to the back of my mind 😂 what’s your favourite Edinburgh hidden gem?
“And yet the place establishes an interest in people’s hearts; go where they will, they find no city of the same distinction.” - Robert Louis Stevenson ~ It’s that time of the year again..The Edinburgh Festival is back! There’s a buzz in the air, the pavements are crammed full of visitors (and the occasional irritated local who’s dodging between them), and talented performers line the streets! Have you booked any Festival/Fringe shows yet?? ~ Also, I’ll be super impressed if anyone can guess where I’m standing! (I’m not on a rooftop)😊
“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” - Bertrand Russell
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” - Dale Carnegie
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” - Jane Austen ~ Happy Saturday folks! I’ve popped back to Fife for the weekend and as much as I love living in Edinburgh, it’s always a nice treat to be back at my parents home in the countryside! It’s also absolutely pouring with rain and thunder which is kind of a nice treat (never thought I’d say that!) so I’m planning to get a cup of tea, catch up on a few blog posts (some New York related & some Edinburgh) and maybe do a little reading! ~ What have you got planned for your Saturday? 😊
It’s been a pleasure to stay at the @ResidenceInn these past few days! Comfy beds, great breakfast options, kitchens in the suites, and extremely friendly staff - what’s not to like? Also, I thought it was a lovely touch to include books about New York in the room, I’ve enjoyed browsing through them to get inspiration on how to plan my days! ~ Keep an eye out for my Instagram stories to follow my New York explorations! 🍎 #AD #ResidenceInn #ExploringNYC
I’m having a great time exploring New York City with the @ResidenceInn and thanks to Will (@brightbazaar) for all his great recommendations! I’ve also discovered a few hidden gems of my own - so keep an eye out for up coming posts and Instagram stories! On Monday, I’ve visited the @metmuseum plus their rooftop garden which has wonderful views of the skyline (pictured below), the very peaceful Conservatory Park in Central Park, Union Square Greenmarket where I enjoyed a pretzel from @martinspretzels, and ended the afternoon with a cookie from @levainbakery ~ Although, I must say exploring NYC is quite different from exploring Edinburgh - I felt like a country mouse experiencing the big city for the first time on Monday - we even managed to get lost in the maze that is NYC’s subway system - but I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of the city and loving it! #AD #ResidenceInn #ExploringNYC
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who suggested places for Will (@BrightBazaar) to visit while he’s in Edinburgh as part of the @ResidenceInn City Swap Guide! I added a few of your recommendations (including Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, The Gardeners Cottage, plus more) check out his Instagram story to see where he’s visited so far! Hope @BrightBazaar is enjoying every minute of his visit to Edinburgh! Stay tuned for a few snaps of my exciting time in New York City coming soon! #AD #ResidenceInn
“I love walking into a bookstore. It's like all my friends are sitting on shelves, waving their pages at me.” - Tahereh Mafi ~ Happy Sunday everyone! I’m sitting in the departure lounge waiting to board and passing my time flicking through some of my photos and here’s a snap from a few days ago when I popped into one of my favourite Edinburgh bookshops, @tillsbookshop, to pick up a book for the flight! I ended up getting a book with a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories! Do you enjoy reading while traveling? 📚
“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.” ~ Morning! I just wanted to thank everyone again for their wonderful suggestions on my last post. I’m hoping to compile all your suggestions into one blog post and share it! ~ ~ In case you’re wondering where I took this, I was standing at one of the window at the Scotsman steps (opposite Waverley Station’s back entrance). The steps which link Old Town & New Town are designed by Martin Creed and made of 104 different marbles!
Morning everyone! I have some extremely exciting news, next week I'll be participating in a city swap with Will from @brightbazaar and exploring New York City with the @ResidenceInn! I’ve never been to the USA before so you can imagine how excited I am! ~ Before I head off, I NEED YOUR HELP! I'll be putting together a list of my favorite things to do in Edinburgh and sharing it with Will so he can experience the best Edinburgh has to offer! Please let me know in the comments what I should add to this must-do list and I'll add some of the top recommendations to the itinerary 😊 #AD #ResidenceInn
“What horrible alleys on each side of the High Street, especially downwards like passes of quarries of dark stone. I ventured down one, and hastened back to escape from the spitting of two children who were leaning out of an upper window.” - Dorothy Wordsworth (1822) ~ When looking for a quote this morning, I came across this rather amusing quote describing what Edinburgh’s Old Town closes used to be like (some still are a little grubby but many of them have hidden gems tucked within and I doubt any children will spit on you - although you never know 😂). PS For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term ‘close’ it simply means a narrow alleyway!