Showing posts with label Edinburgh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Edinburgh. Show all posts

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Edinburgh Christmas

The things you see everyday, you take for granted. I remember visiting Hollywood for the first time and walking along the walk of fame, trying to spot all the celebrity names. The second visit to Hollywood, it's a different atmosphere. You spotted the first timer tourists, with their heads to the ground. I loved the shops in Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but I think after 4 visits I started to take the place for granted. It's been 10 years since I visited Hollywood and now it's a dream to go back.  

I have went to New York every January, the last few years. (I won't be going to New York this January, as am hoping to go away somewhere different for my birthday.) My favourite thing to do in New York is taking a night walk, seeing all the Christmas decorations around the City. It made me think I never pay attention to the Christmas decorations in my own City, Edinburgh. After waiting in all day to get my washing machine fixed, I headed for a walk around town.  

I walked around town trying to spot all the Christmassy things and snapped some photos.

This is Edinburgh at Christmas :

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Friends

It's true what they say, friends are always there, no matter what. My friend Kirsten is only a month younger than me. When we both turned 18, she was the one person I always headed into town to clubs, in Edinburgh. You always got a laugh with Kirsten, as she was that confident person who'd speak to random guys. I don't know how many times Kirsten had us waiting on a taxi home and she'd go off chatting to randoms. I stopped going out drinking in town when I was around 19-20. I felt I had my years of partying, but I also started to drift apart from Kirsten.   

Then last year I got a friend request on Facebook from Kirsten, but a different second name. She got married. We spoke, like we'd always been friends. You'd never think 10 years went by. The chats we've had and the laughs we've had.  

I recently got invited to a Press Event, in Edinburgh and Kirsten said she'd come along with me. I agreed to drive to the event, so I went and picked Kirsten up.

We headed for dinner at Five Guys, at Fountain Park before the event. I had the veggie sandwich and vanilla milkshake. Kirsten had the beef burger and banana milkshake. 

The next part ended up being very eventful. I went to Fountain Park a couple months ago to pick up pizza at Pizza Hut and I asked the woman at Pizza Hut, if she had to validate my parking ticket. She said no it's free parking and I got out ok. So when I went to drive out, I kept putting the ticket in the machine and it wasn't letting us out (We were entitled to free parking, as we had Five Guys). I pushed the help button and suddenly the bar lifted. Kirsten said she knew a street where to park nearer, so we headed to there and the street was full. I said let's just drive back to Fountain park and walk along. So Kirsten set Google maps on her phone to back to Fountain Park. It took us a detour around Edinburgh City Centre and I ended up driving like I was in America.

Once we got back to Fountain Park, we headed to the Press Event. After the Press Event, we headed to Five Guys to get the parking ticket validated to get us out. When drove out the car park, it came up - Have a nice day. Thanks we needed that, after the stressful drive in the City Centre.

Safe to say it was my first time driving in Edinburgh City Centre, stressful, but we still managed to have a laugh. Thanks for the good night Kirsten, the laugh and all the advice you've gave this past year. It's nice known you've stayed the same person, after all these years and we can still have a laugh.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Wetherspoon | Vegetable Burger

Expect plenty of Wetherspoon meal posts on my blog, as Wetherspoon is my local place to go to. I headed to Wetherspoon with my Mum, for dinner. 

I had the vegetable burger, which comes with chips and an Irn bru. The vegetable burger isn't as nice as the vegetable burgers Wetherspoon used to do, it was abit mushy. 

I think my Mum is morphing into my Gran (her mum). My Mum kept saying it's awfy loud in loud. It reminded me of the days, when I went to Wetherspoon with my Gran for dinner and my Gran would say "it's loud". It's a pub, pubs get loud with lots of people haha. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

MINI Photo Shoot | Circus Lane

Who else loves photographing their car ? I used to love driving my old MINI to Queensferry and taking photos of it, with the Forth bridges in the background. 

As you may already know, I got a new car (MINI ). I love discovering new places and discovered Circus Lane, while searching Instagam. Circus Lane is in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh and it's the prettiest street I've seen.

To mark MINI's first photo shoot, I drove my car to Circus Lane.   

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Top 5 places to photo in Edinburgh

I have been sightseeing Edinburgh, like a tourist so I've put together my top 5 places to photo.   

Stockbridge   


I took these photos back in April after going for a wee walk in Stockbridge. It looks so pretty in spring, with all the flowers. I can't remember the name of the street, but it's just off the main part of  Stockbridge.  



I've been to the Edinburgh Skybar a couple times now. It has the best views looking into Edinburgh Castle. I totally recommend going when it opens at 6 for photos, as after half 6 it's crowded. 



I actually discovered Circus Lane searching instagram, would you believe it ?. I thought the photos people added looked really pretty, only to discover it's my city, Edinburgh. 



You wouldn't believe Dean Village is just behind the city centre. 



My Dad took me to the Queensferry bridges viewing point, as he used to drive buses and saying he took a lot of tourists here. He said how all the Americans loved the viewing point and asked my Dad how he knew of it. I had never seen the bridge at this angle, it makes me think of Full House and the San Francisco bridge. Who else can hear the Full House song in your head ? Whatever happened to predictability. The milkman, the paperboy, evening tv ? 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Beijing Banquet | Edinburgh

I headed along with my parents to try the new Chinese restaurant opened in sighthill Edinburgh, called Beijing Banquet. It's an all you can eat Chinese restaurant, with a mix of European food aswell. I like trying different things, so I end up picking up abit of everything. I was a little excited, when I saw they sell Sunkist juice. I haven't seen Sunkist in the UK and I love drinking it, when I've been to New York. 

It costs £9.99 for lunch and £14.99 for dinner. The drinks were £2.80 for the refill. 

These are the dishes I went for : 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Queensferry Crossing Experience


Isn't it typical when you want picked for something, you don't get picked. If you aren't fussy, you get picked. There's been such a hype people wanting to walk across the new Queensferry bridge, as they are letting so many people walk across the bridge as a "once in a life time opportunity". Once the bridge is opened, it will only be open to vehicles, but not walkers. I don't see what the hype is walking across a bridge. It's a bridge right ? You'll get the same view when you drive over. I thought for the sake of it I'll apply to cross the bridge and boom I got an email saying I was picked. How typical, I wasn't even fussy about being picked. I'll be walking across the bridge this Saturday (2nd September). 

I got sent a the invite in the post, along side a lanyard and a card with a photo of me. 

The invitation says : 


A Once In A Life Time Opportunity 

2017

The Scottish Government formally invite you to celebrate the completion and opening of the Queensferry Crossing.

The Queensferry Crossing Experience is your chance to witness first-hand the innovative design and world-class engineering that has created the breathtaking structure, Scotland's largest infrastructure project in a generation. 

I'll let you know how it goes and try take some photos.

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 ?