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If you haven’t already guessed from the 5 million posts and tweets in the past week, you would know that we took a long weekend trip to Edinburgh for my, Jessica’s, 23rd birthday. All which was planned as a surprise from the other half James.
As mentioned, this was a surprise, so up until the night before, I had no idea where we were going. I truly believe if it wasn’t for the long journey ahead, he would have liked to tell me the morning of, but I’m not one for journeys over 2 hours (as that’s my limit) but this was about 4 hours and a half.
Upon arrival, our first stop was to go to the hotel and drop our bags/luggage. The hotel was further than what James had expected, but there was a tram stop not too far, which would bring us to the centre, which only took about 30 minutes.
Of course our first stop in the centre was lunch at Brew Lab, this is named one of the best coffee shops in the UK, take a read and see if we agree.
Right after, we had a nice stroll towards my next surprise, which was the Edinburgh Castle. Even though the search for the castle was a bit of an ‘adventure’ basically walking the long way around and up muddy hills and all sorts, it was definitely worth overlooking the views of Edinburgh.
We spent a great deal at the castle, until closing actually, it was so interesting and informative. Would most definitely recommend if you ever find yourself in Edinburgh.
After the castle visit, we had enough time to walk around and take our time to find where we needed to go next, dinner at The Scran and Scallie. James told me this was a pub restaurant, but it didn’t seem like that at all, very nice and much like a posh restaurant.
You would think the surprises for tonight stop here right? Well you and I are wrong. James had planned for us to go to the Stand Comedy Club. It was really really good, although we didn’t get a seat, it felt really really cool, like a local you know? The set up was quite tight but it’s what created the atmosphere. We had the honour of seeing 4 acts, each as equally as funny as each other but all unique in their own way.
DAY TWO – MY BIRTHDAY!!
You’d think from the late night we had, we’d be having a lazy morning in.. Not this morning, not my birthday morning! Of course James had his amazing plan all set out for us, as he unfolded his plans after midnight.
The day began with breakfast at The City Cafe. Full English is what was on both our minds! How could we not on this special occasion – we both opted for the small plate and luckily we did as it was just the right amount, perfect for the busy planned day we had ahead!
The first stop was the Edinburgh Zoo, I am the biggest child at heart and you have no idea how excited I was to know we were coming here, let alone knowing we were going to see the only pandas in the UK!
Following the zoo,we had a somewhat time slot to visit the number one tourist attraction in Edinburgh – The Royal Yacht Britannia.
As well as visiting the Yacht, we also had a spot of lunch, with tea and scones at Royal Tea Room. Already feeling like royalty, we had the best view (when the fog eventually disappeared) and such a relaxing vibe.
With it already being mid-afternoon and we were feeling the time, from having a late night to an early start, we decided to head back to the hotel to relax before dinner that evening.
Forage & Chatter is hands down up there with one of the best restaurants we’ve been to. Food, services, vibes, just the whole overall experience. Read our food post to get a feel of exactly what I’m talking about or better yet, go and visit!
Followed by my amazing birthday dinner, we were advised to head to Panda & Sons for a drink. Panda & Sons look like a barbers on street level, but once you head downstairs and walk through the door disguised as a book case, you are taken into a dim light bar. How could we pass that up? So of course we went and what a perfect way to spend the last hour of my birthday in such a great location with amazing company!
Our last day in Edinburgh, our train was mid afternoon, so we were up and ready to make most of what we had left here. We checked out but left our stuff at the hotel while we headed out for breakfast at The Caffeine Drip. Such a great last meal to have here!
After breakfast, we walked around and did a spot of shopping, as James also planned to purchase some earrings for me (as if he hasn’t done enough for me already)
Since we had a limit amount of time, we decided to pop by the National Museum of Scotland before searching the internet to find where to get the famous fried Mars bar. Yes you read that correctly. if you didn’t know already, Scotland are known for these, so of course we had to!
Let me tell you, there not as bad as they sound, James expected more batter around it, but other than that it was pretty much what I expected and really nice too. We luckily shared one because naturally they are so sweet and sickening. Let’s put it this way – you can taste the guilt.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the hotel to get out things, before a quick coffee stop for James before boarding our train back to London.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you, a big thank you again to my other half, the love of my life, the one, for planning one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had. He literately gave me everything I wanted and more than I deserve!
As well as a very well planned trip, he also gave me a light box I’ve wanted since forever and earrings from Pandora. I have been truly spoilt and I am so so lucky.