Edinburgh is just over an hour away by train which is too exciting as it's one of my favourite cities in the UK. I've been there a couple of times before but living in London I always chose to fly so it wasn't somewhere I got to very often. Now, thanks to my new life, I'm able to take a day trip there so yesterday we got up at the crack of dawn and took the train up north.
Of course me being me there was a tiny amount of pre-trip preparation including looking up where Primark was. Poor Simon, he found himself in Primark just after 9:00 am with me promising it'd be the only clothes shop I'd be dragging him in and that he could pick our next activity. Good job I've found myself a such a good guy because he was very lovely about it and even hunted round the store looking for mint green clothes for me to fuel my current obsession. Unfortunately I didn't find any good outfits this time but I obviously couldn't leave empty handed and left with a lovely statement necklace for £4.00 and a couple of pairs of pastel lace socks for £1.50 each. I'm not sure what I'm doing with the socks, whilst I'd love to be able to embrace the jelly shoe and lace socks look I think at the age of 33 I probably can't really pull it off!
As we strolled up to Edinburgh Castle the rain started but it didn't dampen our spirits and we had a great time looking at the fantastic views across the city and beyond. Enjoying the view so much we've decided that we'll definitely return one day soon to dedicate some time to climbing up Arthurs Seat.
Cambridge Bar so we made our way there in search of some great burger combinations.
Whilst lunch was delicious we did somewhat regret eating so much at lunchtime as it pretty much left us zonked for the afternoon and the rest of our day passed far too quickly. We spent the last few hours of our day in the main shopping area of Princes Street hopping in and out of all the department stores testing out the sofas for the house we haven't bought or finished saving for yet.
Our explore introduced me to Jenners which was the oldest independent department store in Scotland until House of Fraser took it over a few years ago. Luckily it's still kept it's original location on Princes Street where it's stood since the 1800s and has still maintained it's identity and charm.
We obviously couldn't leave Edinburgh without cake so despite being full and only having an hour to cram in as much cake as possible before our train we rushed to Eteaket on the recommendation of fellow local blogger Sarah. Sarah is someone who also understands the meaning of good cake so I knew her suggestion would be worth following. Eteaket is a gorgeous little tea room full of brightly coloured comfortable chairs, quirky lamps, beautiful crockery and most importantly really good cakes in interesting flavours. You know you're somewhere great when you can't pick between the cakes, the choice was so good. I almost went for the chocolate and beetroot cake but in the end favoured the rhubarb victoria sponge whilst Simon had a slice of lemon and coconut. Rhubarb works so well in cake, I loved how the sharp taste of the rhubarb mixed perfectly with the sweet sponge, I could have had slice after slice.
I had with it the perfect cuppa, I knew this because it was served to me with an egg timer telling me exactly when to take my tea leaves out of the pot and start pouring. Simon decided to try a chai tea latte, tea mixed with sweetened milk - he kindly let me have a sip and then I got a bit of drink envy because it was that good.
The time to catch the train home came round so quickly. As a kid my Mum always said to me "it's better to leave a place wanting more".
Edinburgh we want more and we will be back!