I’m playing catch up so this weekend break was several months ago when we headed to Edinburgh for a book tour stop at the Life & Style festival.
I didn’t get around to sharing my husband Peter’s breathtaking photos at the time as I was on the road going from city to city but I had to document the glorious downtime we enjoyed together in between the event in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
It had been years since I’d visited the Capital-I was a kid in fact so it was all kinds of special to visit again, this time with my own little brood.
We stayed near the picturesque Cowgate which was a ten minute walk into the centre and Edinburgh Castle which we didn’t get to look around but we certainly gawped at from the street.
I became besotted with the backstreets in particular which were bursting with character and etched in history, with a promise of adventure aka shopping in this case, at the bottom of the stairs!
As a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh is understandably tourist-heavy with visitors ticking off their historical site bucket-lists spanning Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Old and New Towns on day trips and short stays. Famous for creative festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe is now the world’s largest performing arts festival, and the Film, and International Book Festival are all prestigious dates for the diary so make a note.
Simply walking along the central streets on a weekend is entertainment enough though with street performers and a street market my husband had to literally peel me away from! I’m a magpie when it comes to jewels!
The kids’ highlight was an epic bubble-fest we found ourselves in that made for the prettiest of pictures. We did reimburse the entertainment of course and loved how child-friendly everything was in the city.
Close by were Princes and George Street where I hit my high street faves for my clothes fix, and I treated myself to the new iPhone X from John Lewis as a publishing/push present for giving birth to my book Mumboss. Very apt my pressie was a tech one!
I scoffed vegan food at mostly Italian restaurants in the city (Check out La Locanda Edinburgh) as well as vegan sushi at YO! Sushi. I would have liked to explore more plant-based places but we were on a schedule so opted for what was quick and easy.
…The West Princes Street Gardens are a must-visit by the way and we were lucky enough to catch spring flowers in bloom while we were there as you can see below. Just look at those vivid tulips and blossom trees in the distance.
There was also an awesome playground plus adjacent ice cream shop which thrilled the kids and meant Peter and I could catch some rays while they played.
Precious memories in a super city.
We were sad to wave Edinburgh goodbye.
Have you been?