Thursday, 17 August 2017

Calton Hill | Edinburgh

Calton Hill is one of my favourite views to look over Edinburgh. I used to think it was Carton Hill, until my friend told my I was pronouncing it wrong haha. There's the Stewart and National monument to see up Calton Hill.

I went for a walk up Calton Hill and took some snaps. There's always tourists climbing on the National monument, but my legs are too wee. I've tried a few times and can't get up.

Can you spot Edinburgh Castle and Princes street in the photos ?

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wild West Village | Edinburgh

You might have guessed I've been on holiday from work, so I've spent it acting as a tourist in my city. I think we are always working and face the same surroundings everyday, we take for granted where we live. 

I've been taking tips from Stine (thatscottishnorwegiangirl) on places in Edinburgh to visit. Stine told me about the Wild West Village, in Morningside. I searched it online and it's a hidden street designed in the 90's like the Wild West.

I headed along to see the Wild West Village, on Spring Valley Gardens. The street was packed with cars, but lucky I went on Sunday when all the garages in the alley are closed. I drove in the lane, where the Wild West Village is and parked up the top of the alley.

It looked like an old American Wild West film set, to think its hidden in Edinburgh. 

Thanks Stine for telling me about this, where have I to go next ? Haha 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

MINI Referral Gift | Review

I recently bought a MINI at Eastern MINI (read about it here). I have so much love for MINI, that whenever my dad traded in his car I'd tell him to get a MINI. It was only after I bought my MINI, my dad had his mind set on a MINI. 

My mum can't drive, but it won't stop her asking for random stuff from a car garage. My dad got his last car from Seat. My mum liked the Seat umbrella on display in the showroom, so she told the salesman my dad wasn't buying the car unless she got that umbrella. Surprisingly the salesman gave the umbrella in with the car. 

We managed to talk my dad around getting a MINI, so we headed along to Eastern MINI. My dad picked between two ex demo MINI Countryman, a silver or dark grey. My mum said she'd ask what I get for recommending my dad MINI and hinted MINI car mats, as the universal ones we bought don't sit right. The salesman said he'd see what he could do and would get "something special to go with my MINI". One of the times my parents came back from MINI they mentioned the salesman said a tank of petrol. When my dad collected his car, he came in saying the salesman said he's ordered a "special MINI cushion" coming Germany. My thoughts were I saw a nice furry soft MINI shape cushion in a supermarket for £6. I thought a cushion isn't exactly special, but any how we could only wait to see this "special cushion" all the way from Germany.

A couple weeks after my dad got his car, he headed to MINI to order car mats for his car and ask if the cushion had arrived. The salesman said it's been ordered, so it's still on its way. It only takes a week for me to send things to my friends in America, in that time my cushion must have flown around the world a few times.

It's been 2 months since my dad got his car, so I went on the Eastern MINI Facebook page and commented - I'll be trading in my 17 plate and still no gift for recommending my dad. The following day the salesman emailed saying he txt my dad the week before to let him know it arrived. So I phoned my dad to ask if he got a txt from MINI, to which he said no. I went to my parents house and had a look throug my dads phone and there was no txt or email. My mum said let's go along for the cushion then.  

We headed along to MINI to pick up the cushion and I waited outside in the car, while my mum ran in. When my mum came out, she was waving it in her hand making a face. I laughed so much at how ridiculous it looked.

It was a drop from car mats, to a tank of petrol, to get a knitted car not much bigger than a McDonald's toy.  

I always thought MINI had a standard for their cars and merchandise. How can a supermarket sell a nicer, better shape MINI than MINI ?. 

Where do I begin ? It's knitted, do I look that fuddy duddy ? MINI cars are modern and stylish, now we've went old fashioned. Secondly it's very badly shaped. I have bought MINI hats and other merchandise in the past and they were always to a high standard. Lastly why did it take two months coming from Germany ?. Do MINI have a granny in Germany and I was waiting on Granny MINI knitting it ?.

      As much as I love MINI cars, MINI have downgraded themselves to think it's acceptable to give this. It's like giving your friend a McDonald's toy, as a gift. I know it was free, my point is you don't give someone something that looks awful.

Monday, 14 August 2017

My New Car | MINI

My dream car has always been a MINI. They are cute, modern and I love the stylish shape. When I was learning to drive I bought my first MINI, but I made the decision to sell it when I bought my house. 

My goal was to one day own a brand new MINI. When the 17 plate came out, I headed along to Eastern MINI to look at MINI's. The salesman I got was really good. I said I want a MINI One and he went over, seating and colours etc.

After a month waiting I was able to pick up my dream car, a brand new 17 plate MINI. Am sure you'll see a lot more blog posts of my new car and MINI adventures.  

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Huxley | Buffalo Wings

I can't work out if am on a mission to find the best food or smoothie in Edinburgh. I seem to have a love for smoothies right now. I stopped at The Huxley for dinner and after looking through the menu, the 12pm till 5pm menu looked more appealing. Don't you hate when you spot something on the menu, then to realise they only serve it during certain hours. I liked the sound of Philly cheesesteak, but I'll have to try that at a later date.

I opted for the buffalo wings,chips and the berry burst smoothie. I wouldn't go overly mad on the buffalo wings. Am addicted to irn bru, so I struggle to find a drink that doesn't leave you thirsty after. The smoothie was nice and refreshing and different from irn bru.

I think I need to go back and try a breakfast or Philly cheesesteak. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Dean Village

Stine over at thatscottishnorwegiangirl posted a photo of a waterfall and tagged Dean Village. It looked so pretty, so I had to ask her where it is in Dean Village. Dean Village is a little peaceful Village, behind the city centre of Edinburgh

I headed for a walk to discover Dean Village, after Stine told me where the waterfall is. I entered Dean Village into google map and followed the route, down the little path to the famous Dean Village scene, from photos online. Then followed the foot path, further along to the waterfall.

 I felt guilty, as tourists were stopping me asking where paths were to bla bla. I kept saying "sorry am not from here". They must have thought, but she has an Edinburgh accent ?. The truth is I had never been Dean Village, so I didn't know the area myself. 

Who wants to tour Edinburgh with me ?

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Skybar | Edinburgh

The Skybar is one of my favourite places, for the best view looking on to Edinburgh Castle. It's like Edinburgh's version of New York Rooftop bars haha. The Skybar is at the top of the DoubleTree Hilton, on Bread Street. It's only open the first Thursday of every month, but it's open every Thursday in August during the festival

I had a Tia Maria Frappe, as you can see by the photo.  

If you want to take photos I recommend being there for 6pm when it opens, by half 6 it's packed with people.

Location : Skybar Bread Street, Edinburgh