A free day in Hong Kong

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was an overcast day in Hong Kong when we had a few hours of free time to kill. So that afternoon, we set off for Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island to find a cluster of buildings known as the Monster Buildings. Built in the 1960’s, these public housing blocks are like giant stacks of lego; several buildings claustrophobically cluttered together to make one enormous block. The overcast day was a perfect backdrop to photograph the estate and a perfect example of how ugly can also be beautiful.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17749″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17978″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17974″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17972″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17975″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17702″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516890479953{padding-top: 170px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 250px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

I guess the local residents are used to strangers coming in to the central courtyard to snap pictures. Or maybe, this was just a particularly intense game of Mahjong- but as Robin snapped away at the architecture above, I had a nosy around the ground floor level.

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People nipped in and out of the shops downstairs- the local barber shop, a cafe and bakery; even a few tiny offices were squeezed in between. Gangs of old ladies, setting up mahjong games, seemed to be the theme of the courtyard. I have vague memories of my Mum taking us along to her Mahjong games when I was small (or was it Bridge?) Whatever the game, I enjoyed watching them play and set up around me.

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Hello husband- nailing next season’s tonal dressing already!

After a brief rain shower, we walked through the courtyard next door and started to make our way to Central and towards Soho just in time for the sun to come out again.

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Every city in the world has it’s own version of Soho.

London has its famous (and beloved) creative square mile.

New York’s is a hub of cool shops and cobblestones (and flagship Alexander Wang mmmm)

Hong Kong’s is a hilly neighbourhood buzzing with bars and restaurants, south of Hollywood Road,  and has all the cool boutiques (my favourite is a homeware store called Goods of Desire)

Central is only a short MTR journey away from Quarry Bay, and we were soon walking through Central and exploring the area between here and Sheung Wan.

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Goods of Desire is my favourite shop in Hong Kong- I like their quirky Hong Kong themed accessories. Over the years, we’ve bought cushions covers, bedding and this time round, another cushion! (but hey, you can never have too many of those)

Goods of Desire

G/F & 1/F, 48 Hollywood Road
Central, Hong Kong

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For dinner, we went to Yardbird…and it was so good. We got there bang on the dot at 6pm on a Friday night, and soon after the restaurant was heaving. Everyone is young, hip and tattooed and the food was delicious. Beyond worth the hype. It’s Izakaya style dining, so lots of grilled dishes with a twist.

Best menu item we tried? the meatball with tare and egg yolk and the sweetcorn tempura, simple but delicious. Arrive early to avoid queuing!

Yardbird 

G/F, 33-35 Bridges Street
Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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Earlier in the day we also took a wander around PMQ, weaving in and out of the independent boutiques and shops, before stopping for an iced tea.

PMQ

No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central

There’s a nice view on the top floor of PMQ, looking out onto pink buildings in contrast with old Hong Kong buildings- when nature meets urban city life. Fun fact alert; pink is the cheapest paint colour and is often why government buildings are painted in this pop of colour.

Eventually, as night drew in, we headed back to our hotel- the city at night time is at it’s prettiest.

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I have never spent a week eating more dim sum and dumplings or buying the entire contents of every Asian bakery I came across- until the next time Hong Kong!

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Hong Kong Disneyland | my first trip!

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen I was a kid I, like millions of other children, kept asking my parents if we could go to Disneyland and it was always the same response ‘we’ll see’. Well, HAH, because now I am an adult, I can take myself. It only took me thirty odd years, but I made it. Hong Kong is home to the smallest of all the Disneyland parks in the world- perfect for the short trip we were on as it was easily do-able in a day. Let me take you to (one) of the happiest places on earth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17841″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17814″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17818″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17795″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”17840″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516892927479{padding-top: 120px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 125px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

Buy them in advance online so that you only need to collect them from a kiosk, skipping the queues. A standard Adult tickets costs HK$589 (about £59). Also worth noting that the day we went was the day the park was evacuated to prepare for the typhoon about to hit the city. We were allowed to redeem our tickets for another day at no extra cost.

The Hong Kong Disneyland park is the smallest of all the Disneylands. There are a few cultural changes too, for example, instead of the Haunted Mansion they have Mystic Manor- no ghost stories around here! There are less thrill rides too, but I didn’t feel I missed out on anything.

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There’s a HK Disneyland app, which I would recommend downloading. With free wifi throughout the park, you’ll be able to navigate your way around the different lands and rides, as well as find out where shows are being held. To beat the crowds, go midweek- the longest queue time I experienced was 15 minutes!

One show that everyone says not to miss, and I agree, is the Festival of the Lion King, in Adventureland. It’s a 30 minute live show retelling the Lion King tale- there’s fire twirling and acrobatics and Timon and Pumba. There’s even an animatronic Simba, who did a great impression of my cat coughing up a hairball. Also in Adventureland is the Jungle River Cruise– it’s a 10 minute boat ride; its silly and good fun. You could also take a raft to Tarzan’s Treehouse, but one water adventure was enough for me.

My other favourite rides were both in Tomorrow Land, the Iron Man Experience and Hyperspace Mountain (an indoor roller coaster) It’s also worth experiencing the Mystic Manor tour- it’s cleverly done (and a nice respite from the heat!)

The classic Lands remain- Fantasy Land with the teacup ride and Dumbo the elephant. There’s also the enchanted forest where you can take photos with your favourite characters. Throughout the park, you’ll find queues of people waiting to take pictures of with Disney royalty- Mickey and Minnie.

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Everyday (weather pending) there’s a parade down Main Street- the one here is called the Flights of Fantasy Parade. It’s a 35 minute show, starting around 3:30PM (or 4PM on Sundays)

People start sitting down along the pavement about 15-20 minutes before the parade starts. I think the best tip is to find a spot to sit that catches the air conditioned breeze from the shop doors. Failing that, bring a fan with you!

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I sent a sweaty selfie to my friends back home with the Lilo and Stitch float- apparently Lilo and Stitch aren’t a thing elsewhere? My favourite to be honest! Hong kong Disney is also really into the Lion King and Toy Story as they seemed to get the most attention from the crowd.

And hands up- I will happily admit when I saw the Disney Princess float with Belle, Snow White, Aurora and Rapunzel waving at everyone I had a little cry inside. I didn’t even think I was that into Disney, but there you go. The happiest place on earth has that effect!

The nightly fireworks start at 7:30PM, but we had left the hour before to make our way to the airport. The special Disney MTR (with Mickey Mouse ear windows!) is one stop to Sunny Bay where you can connect to the Airport line in a couple of stops- very convenient. Hong Kong Disney was a good first foray into exploring Disneyland, and I’m already looking into Euro Disney breaks.

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Life Lately | hi from Hong Kong!

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s a typhoon rips outside, I thought, you know what’s better than listening to the wind howl from the 31st floor? A blog post! A Life Lately from Hong Kong! We’re here for a week, to catch a wedding and see my in-laws. Did I mention a typhoon? That’s happening RIGHT NOW. Admittedly, it’s not at it’s full force but it’s on its way. Disneyland kicked us out to prepare for it! We arrived in Hong Kong last Wednesday, in the midst of the city’s heatwave. There’s been countless dim sum meals with Robin’s aunts and uncles, a wedding, and I’ve even managed to squeeze in time at our hotel’s spa and swimming pool. Oh, and of course, that little General Election thing happening back home, when we first arrived (we did a postal vote) Much nail biting and excitement. This has been a very action packed week all around.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516893123535{padding-top: 180px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 245px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

Last Friday, when we had a bit of free time we took the MTR over to Quarry Bay to find a particular block of flats that are now famous (at least, on Instagram) Built in the 60’s, the flats are claustrophobically close together.

Local residents didn’t seem to bat an eyelid at a couple of weirdos standing in the centre courtyard taking pictures of their estate. It was actually quite pleasant watching life go on around us. Old ladies playing mahjong, me peeking at the shops surrounding us- bakeries, dry cleaners, and hair dressers. It was a glimpse into regular Hong Kong away from the city centre.

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I was so excited when I realised that there is a branch of Jollibee in Mong Kok, the area we are staying in. The famous Filipino fast food chain is pretty much my childhood; my mum would usually pick me up after school with a box of Jolli Spagetti waiting for me for lunch. Filipino spagetti is sweet with cut up hot dogs, and was the first thing I ordered when we walked through their doors.

I could have literally cried tears of (chicken) joy.

(And sadly, my adult tastebuds don’t think they can handle regular Jolli Spagetti like little me could)

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I really like the Soho area in Hong Kong. It’s full of cool shops and restaurants, and has a similar kooky vibe like London’s Soho. It’s full of steep streets though, so your legs will feel the burn.

Anyway, we ventured into Soho the other day and visited my favourite homeware store here, Goods of Desire. After picking up something for the house, we sought refuge from the heat at a cafe within a place called PMQ. It was full of independent shops and small businesses, and overlooked this pink building- a pop of colour amongst a sea of grey buildings. We then had an amazing dinner at Yardbird (so good)

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We are staying at the Cordis Hotel, in Kowloon, within the Mong Kok area. It’s been super handy; there’s an MTR literally on the doorstep and tons of shops. The Ladies Market is a few minutes walk away, which has been a goldmine for souvenirs and knick knacks to take home.

The Cordis also has it’s own Spa on the 41st floor; the Chuan Spa. On Sunday I spent a few blissful hours having one of their Body Element treatments (I fell asleep during my facial!) and when it was over, my beauty therapist took me to one of their relaxation rooms with oolong tea and big squares of watermelon. I had a mini nap again, in the reclining chair with jaw dropping views over the city.

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With only two more days left in Hong Kong, I’m hoping this typhoon ebbs away fast so we can get cracking on with more exploration.

(although, I admit, I am missing my fuzzy wuzzy angel babies at home)

Two more days also means time is running out to feast on delicious dim sum and my new obsession, mango pancakes! Anyway, this little ‘checking in’ post has waffled on- see you when I get home!

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Our Big Bali Adventure Tour | Pt 2

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he second half of our epic adventure day around Bali took us to Tirta Empul and then Uluwatu Temple along the clifftops. Both sites breath taking and Ulutwatu had, hands down, the best, the most stunning view I’ve ever laid my eyes on; looking out to sea along the cliff tops at sun set was a pinch me moment. Oh, and sharing said view with haughty naughty monkeys. But first, the holy spring waters at the Tirta Empul temple…

First things first, on with the sarong! All temple goers and visitors have to wear these) Tirta Empul brings visitors from all over to bathe in the Holy Spring Water. Hundreds year old pools and statues spout water from a natural spring; Hindus believe that dipping into the pool is a form of purification.

The purification pool had a lively feel and a sense of community unlike other quieter and more contemplative areas of the temple grounds. Anyone was welcome to take a dip, and there would be loud yelps when people first waded into the cold water.

One pond was home to hundreds of koi fish- completely fascinating to watch them when they’re being fed. It’s every fish for themself to catch a morsel.

About half an hour later, we navigated out of the maze of stalls at the exit (seriously, it was a labyrinth) and then made the drive to Uluwatu to catch the sunset over the cliff top. Bali Dad, our guide, zoomed through traffic to get us there on time and one word of advice- mind the monkeys!

To be honest, once I saw the views, I forgot about naughty monkeys and we got along just fine 😉

The timing couldn’t have been better. Instead of going to watch the Kecak Fire Dance at the amphitheatre, we veered far right along the cliff top where the crowds thinned and had unobstructed views as the sun went down.

We could still hear the sounds of the dance in the distance, which gave us an added soundtrack to the evening- I definitely felt in touch with my inner hippie at that moment. How could I not with a view like this!

And then suddenly, it was pitch dark and I had to get the torch out on my iPhone to navigate our way back to Bali Dad, patiently waiting for us.

Our final stop was dinner on a beach- lots of grilled fish and seafood. I was so wiped out at this point, that I don’t remember much more about our meal. Soon after we were pulling up to our hotel. Bali Dad gave us both a warm hug and within the hour, I was in my bed, freshly showered and thinking of that perfect sunset.

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Our Big Bali Adventure Tour | Pt 1

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen it comes to travelling to new places, I am content to take my time relaxing, sleeping in, and generally living the Sloth life. BUT I married a man who can’t sit still so, this post is a bit of a beast because it was a mammoth of a day. Driving around Bali from 8am and returning at 9pm, taking in all the major sites and temples- it was daunting the night before, but it turned out to be a really fun way to experience everything. We found an itinerary that allowed us to see the main temples, some local craft work, a coffee plantation, have lunch in the mountains, finished off with sunset over Uluwatu and dinner on the beach (and I need to split this all into two posts)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16500″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16473″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516895822550{border-top-width: 0px !important;border-right-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;border-left-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 260px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 300px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

Our day began at 8am, where we were picked up by our guide, who I shall call Bali Dad, because he took such good care of us.

The first stop was to watch a play of a traditional Balinese legend- to be honest, it was super touristy but we went with it and just enjoyed it for what it was.

Afterwards, we stopped to watch batiks being made and woven, to a silver jewellery workshop and then onwards to a painting and wooden carvings shop.

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At the Batik place, the smell of the hot wax reminded me strongly of the time I made my own piece of batik at school- and how blobby it turned out.  The ladies in the shop made it look easy and effortless.

After they were painted, they were laid outside to dry in the sun before eventually being sold in the shop.

After the arts and craft visits, we made our way to the first of many temple stops- Goa Gajah.

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At all temples in Bali, you have to wear a sarong before you enter. There are kiosks at every entrance, and they are free. Just pick one up, tie it around your waist and you’re good to go.

An sweet old man helped me wrap up in my sarong- carefully tying it around my waist- I could have done a little cry (old men, they pull at my heartstrings!)

Goa Gajah means Elephant Cave, because apparently one of the stone carvings once upon a time looked like an elephant. Down the windy stone steps we went, and into a courtyard.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16485″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16483″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16493″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16488″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516895954444{border-top-width: 0px !important;border-right-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;border-left-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 190px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 300px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

The intricately carved cave mouth was the entrance to a meditation cave. It’s not one for the claustrophobic- it was small, dark and smoky with incense.

Back outside, were three stone statues spouting water. People walked down to either splash their hands and faces with the cool water, or to take little sips.

I could hear the sound of rushing water, and following yet more steps, walked down into another shaded courtyard overlooked by a small waterfall.

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From Goa Gajah, the plan was to drive up the mountain that overlooked a volvano and the valley below.

Mother Nature had other plans for us though, and it poured with tropical rain the entire hour long drive and throughout our lunch. Cloud and mist obscured the volcano from view, so it was a basically a long, wet detour and I got completely soaked in the rain.

After that failed mission, we drove back towards town via a coffee plantation. Indonesia is known for it’s Kopi Luwak and as well as a tasting, I saw how the famous coffee is made

(Poop. It’s made from poop.)

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I shit you not. No pun intended. (maybe a little)

Luwak- or civets- eat the coffee beans, which then go through a fermentation process in their digestive systems. When they poop these out, it’s collected, washed and processed.

See that’s me up there grinding down some washed and ready coffee beans.

Then it was tasting time.

Eleven little cups of coffee and tea, plus an extra cup of Kopi Luwak.

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The Kopi Luwak was rich and strong, but honestly, too strong for me.

It was actually the Ginseng Coffee that we ended up buying a bag to bring home with us.

The plantation was actually a nice pitstop in the day. The plantation was shaded and cool, chickens roamed freely, and it overlooked the jungle. It was quite peaceful actually, considering caffeine is the product here!

Aside from coffee, they also grew cocoa beans and I spotted a fair few pineapple plants too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16510″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16522″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16511″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fully hyped up on coffee, the day wasn’t over yet (which is probably why the coffee tasting was timed for the middle of the day)

The drive to the next temple (And certainly one of the most beautiful ones I got to see) was a couple hours drive away.

Next up was the Holy Water Temple, and the amazing Uluwatu Monkey temple on the coast, before dinner on the beach in the evening. Back shortly!

In the meantime, other Bali links here and here!

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Edinburgh for Easter

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he last few days running up to the long Easter break, a panic settled in. We had no plans. A flurry of text messages later, Edinburgh was booked. Two days later, we were on the early morning flight to Scotland. We booked our one night stay at Fraser Suites, just off the Royal Mile- easy, walkable access to everywhere we needed to go for our brief visit and a lovely view over the city centre (except, if you’d seen my Insta Stories, the view out of our window was a stone wall, hah!) There were no plans, no itineraries, nothing serious apart from catchups with friends. It was just a nice, simple break away from London.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16622″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16624″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16617″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16616″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1516896710330{padding-top: 180px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 200px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;background-color: #f8f3f0 !important;}”]

On Saturday, the weather was beautiful. It was sunny and a little brisk, but the air felt fresh. Big blue skies had me feeling like Spring was here! Woo! We took a walk up to Edinburgh Castle – a few minutes walk from our hotel- and took the scenic route down the hill and into town for a coffee.

Later that night, we had sushi for dinner, and went for a stroll before heading back to the hotel because my god I did not pack well for a night in Scotland. I wore all the layers I had brought in my carry on and a last minute wooly hat ‘just in case’ and I was still freezing.

London got me spoilt on the weather front (but probably because of all the pollution, sooooo….)

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The plan was to visit Edinburgh Castle for a couple of hours- my only tip, book tickets in advance! The queue to buy tickets on the day was enormous whereas we were inside the castle grounds within 10 minutes of collecting ours. We got ours directly from the website here, for £17 each. This seems steep, but there is a lot to explore inside so it actually seems fair.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16632″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16630″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16599″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16607″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16595″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16596″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16657″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”16605″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We wandered in and around the whole ground- The Scottish War Museum, The Scottish Crown Jewels, and into the Great Hall too.

So- Potterheads. This is where you’d be in your element. JK Rowling must have gotten loads of her inspiration for the magical wizarding world here.

The sword in the Scottish Crown Jewel exhibit? Sword of Gryffindor.

The Great Hall? Well, The Great Hall (all it’d need is the House tables)

Even the way the castle juts out of the side of the hill, looks like it could be Hogwarts.

Before we left Edinburgh, we met with some friends, browsed a few shops and were soon back on the bus at Waverley station towards the airport. I was back home in London by 10pm, with my feet up and a mug of tea in my hand AND with Monday to savour at home.

Short and sweet. Thanks Edinburgh. It was braw ;)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16658″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”16659″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row]