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{To wander} My first visit to Edinburgh

The second I walked off the train, onto the platform at Waverley Station, I was in awe of this city. On my left stood the gloriously historical, hodge-podge skyline of Old Town, while the Georgian elegance of  New Town's Princes Street sat neatly in contrast to my right.

The architecture in Edinburgh is so varied and so wonderful. Even Waverley Station inspires! Here are some shots I took during my wanders around Old Town. The famous Victoria Street's double layer,  curve and colours house a mixture of shops from books and nick-nacks to coffee and I spent a thoughtful couple of hours walking through Greyfriar's Churchyard.

The closes are tiny and one can get blissfully lost wandering off the Royal Mile and find gems like The Devil's Advocate Pub, or the Writer's Museum...

I spent my first visit to Edinburgh without a smartphone, which in hindsight was a blessing in disguise. I allowed myself to get lost, but if I needed to, I turned to paper maps and actually used my noggin for a change. I really love the city's abundance of coffee shops, galleries,  print shops, and bookshops. Creativity is everywhere and the temperamental weather, going from cloudy to warm and sunny in minutes, coupled with the lush greenery, cobbled streets and confused alleyways and striking architecture all together make me want to write, paint and photograph until the day is done. No wonder so many literary greats were based in this city. Look up. This is so important whilst travelling. With heads down focused on phones or arbitrary conversation, we miss so much. Above you can see what I mean about the glorious hodge-podge. of buildings.

Flowers hang from most pubs and many windows and as you can see, summer really does show off in the UK. Here you can see a good view of Scott's Monument, and little Greyfriars Bobby. The inscription on this memorial says:

“A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872, with permission erected by Baroness Burdett-Coutts.”

Filament Coffee on Victoria St makes a damn good flat white. The reading material is equally great. Hip, so very hip.  Delightfully reminiscent of Cape Town in many ways. It is said that the over 350 year old George Heriot's School inspired J.K.Rowling's Hogwarts. I saw this quote whilst walking, during my first night in Edinburgh. Rather fitting I must say. Too true Tolkien. Who cares if I was lost at the time?

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There's something so delicious of being in a completely new place. Check in soon for more from my first visit to Scotland's capital. Over and out.

Review: {Birds Boutique Cafe}

This little gem  at 127 Bree Street in Cape Town is so artistic, alternative and cool! I went there with my darling friend Anka and we loved the birdcage display shelves/room divider; funky, black, plastic crates as chairs, white, ceramic swans hanging low as lights and bold, black birds printed on cream fabric curtains. Bright pink typography and design elements on cushions add warmth and funk to the clean interior and even the plates are either interesting shapes or covered with the signature birds.

I had a most delicious berry and almond tart although we had originally asked for the signature cherry and chocolate scones, they were finished that day. Overall it's a great place for anyone who likes great food and a different, funky environment and has an appreciation for design and the like. It aint cheap, but sometimes you need to spoil your inner creative.

Gratitude: Friends

Today I am so grateful for my amazing friends and family. I don't know what I would do without my incredible support base :) So here's a post with some niiice images for you all, with my deepest thanks and lots of love.

'A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.'

Thanks to http://www.flickr.com/photos/freeparking/495605058/ and design is mine- http://designismine.blogspot.com/2009/04/thought-of-day-you-are.html and the Keep Calm Gallery for these images.

{Eat here!} 'Voila'

Having visited the new improved, very stylish Cape Quarter, De Waterkant a few times, I have to say that my best experience has been at Voila, shop no.42: a pretty, eccentric, French themed cafe. The decor is fun, yet chic with pink and lime green pulled together with white as the main colours. They haven't been afraid to mix and match various textures and patterns, from wire "rocking chairs" to paisley multi-coloured wallpaper and woven texture on the ceiling.

These chairs are surprisingly comfortable!

The amazing selection of sweet treats is beautifully displayed as you enter the restaurant, adding to the temptation! They have something for everyone with divine, moist carrot cake placed on a clean white plate with sliced strawberries on the side, and a thoughtful dusting of icing sugar to finish it off... or simply a heart shaped shortbread biscuit to partner your delicious latte.

You can't really see it in this picture but the lights are frosted glass tea-cups--- awesome! As my friend Nick agrees....Note expression.

Some of the items on the menu are calling me back! e.g. Mon Cherie: Scrambled eggs with Home-made pesto, cherry tomatoes, spinach and feta. Served with your choice of health, white or buttermilk rye bread. Its not cheap but worth it for the awesome vibe and food. Go there on my recommendation and let me know what you think!

Bon appetit*

Pic sources: http://www.17loader.za.net/bed-and-breakfast/?tag=voila, http://www.dining-out.co.za/member_menu.asp?MemberID=4396, http://www.voilacapetown.com/cape-quarter.html