Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Sunny Day in Edinburgh

Grassmarket, Edinburgh


Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Deacon's House, Edinburgh

Scones at Deacon's House, Edinburgh

Greyfriar's Kirkyard, Edinburgh

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Spoon, Edinburgh

Cake and coffee at Spoon, Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Last Thursday, my sister and I decided to take advantage of the fact that we both had the day off (hooray for days off mid-week!), and headed to Edinburgh for the day. We were also blessed with gorgeous weather - sunshine and almost 20 degrees celsius - which hasn't been a common occurrence in Scotland this summer. Edinburgh was packed with tourists and Fringe-visitors, but we managed to have a really relaxed, fun day anyway. Essentially, the day consisted of wandering about and occasionally stopping to have a bite to eat or something to drink. When we first arrived, we had some tea and scones for elevensies at Deacon's House Caf'é, which is just off the Royal Mile. It's a bit of a tourist trap, and the scones were on the dry side, but the inner garden is a really lovely spot. We then walked the Potter Trail, which is a guided tour of Harry Potter-relevant places in Edinburgh and is held twice a day during the Fringe. We had both seen Tom Riddle's grave and The Elephant House before, but there were actually a few new places and facts that we didn't know about, so I'd highly recommend the Potter Trail even to the most nerdy of Harry Potter nerds!

After the Potter Trail, we headed to Mary's Milk Bar to try their hot chocolate floats. There was a massive queue (no doubt because of the BuzzFeed article, which was the reason we were there too, so we couldn't really complain...) and we got the hot chocolates in paper cups, so no photos were taken (you'll just have to take my word that it happened!). We wandered around for a little bit longer and headed to Princes Street for a spot of shopping before we went back to Old Town again, where we realised we hadn't actually had any real food that day, so we stopped at a pub for a late lunch/early dinner. Next, we decided we wanted to check out Spoon - a café that we passed on the Potter Trail, where J.K. Rowling used to sit and write. Spoon was lovely - open, airy and relaxed, not at all crowded, and with friendly service. We got a cappuccino each and a carrot cake to share (because cake), and settled down to rest our tired feet. At about seven or so in the evening, we decided to call it a day and headed back, tired but pleased with the day!

Love, Mimmi.