After a super productive day Christmas shopping in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, (if you haven't been shopping there you should definitely check it out) we headed to the Christmas markets. Because is it even Christmas if you haven't been to the Christmas markets...
We checked out the stall filled with Christmas decorations, festive foods and artisan cheese. And in true Scottish style there toy can pick up some cute tartan pieces.
After we had finished our days shopping we headed to the Dome for dinner and a well earned cocktail. The Dome is the quintessential Christmas venue. It is probably the most Christmassy restaurants iv visited to date, so if this place doesn't have you filled with festive cheer than I don't know what will.
And the cocktails are to die for...
We had the most perfect weekend in Edinburgh, I definitely recommend it
Where possible we try and come home to the U.K as much as possible over the festive season, as to be quite frank...no where does Christmas like it. Spain certainly has its Christmas traditions some of which we have come to love, but nostalgia has us craving home soil.
We decided to spend a festive shopping weekend in Edinburgh after enjoying our time their so much in the Autumn. For this trip we stayed at the Principle Hotel on the prestigious George street and was the perfect backdrop for a cosy Christmas weekend.
I love it when hotels decorate for Christmas, it really adds to the festive vibe and the Principle's decoration were lovely.
After checking in, and checking out the hotel...we hurried off to see the sites and do a spot of Christmas shopping.
Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful city's iv visited, and its really brought to life in the festive period with all the buzz of shoppers and beautiful trees decorating the streets. Whether you choose to visit the castle, one of the many Art Galleries or Exhibitions or just walk the historical streets, Edinburgh’s fascinating history is inescapable.
Edinburgh castle sits at the top of the quaint and traditional Royal Mile where you can explore ancient walls, battlements and prisons. Don't be alarmed by the cannon, which fires at 1pm daily.
We passed by my favourite The Witchery by The Castle which is a must if your visiting Edinburgh (I wrote about it here) which was so beautifully decorated I couldn't help but take some snaps.
Such a perfect town for romantic festive getaway. Check back this week to see what we got up to in the evening
On our last day in New York, we decided to have fun with all the balloons I ordered for my sisters Birthday. I mean they were totally crying out for a photo opp...Am I right? Mix in the fact that the hotel was super cute too and it was too good an opportunity to miss. Plus I thought it would be nice to get some cute snaps of my sister to frame for her to remember such a fun trip
It was actually so much fun playing with all these balloons, and we made some hilarious boomerangs
After our little photo shoot, we headed to Augustine for breakfast. Its a super cute and parisienne inspired restaurant which serves an fabulous Sunday Brunch. I'm a really big fan of both Pastis and Balthazar (you have to try their french onion soup) and Augustine is the new kid on the block by the same owner.
The decor is just gorgeous, and actually quite authentic looking, If you didn't know any better, you would really believe your in Parieee....
We decided to big before we went home (get it) and ordered the biggest breakfasts, which we shared between the three of us. Traveling with friend is so perfect for trying thing you wouldn't normally order and discovering new things.
We ordered ricotta pancakes, eggs in a hole and fried eggs over medium along with bloody Mary's and bottomless coffee. Absolutely delicious
I had one final surprise up my sleeve to end the Birthday celebrations. We headed to Brooklyn bridge so that my sister could let the balloons go an make a 40th birthday wish.
Now this was in theory much easier in theory than in practice as the bridge was absolutely packed. Thankfully most people love a balloon bouquet and some even tried to capture their own photos.
As busy as it was, we managed to capture some cute shots of the balloons with bridge in the background.And when we had our fun my sister set them free and made her birthday wish.
We decided to check out a small bit of Brooklyn before heading to the airport to return home. It was delightful to see the locals taking the Halloween festivities so seriously. It made me wish we celebrated Halloween more in the UK
I found the perfect doorstep to pose on before we headed back over the bridge...isn't it too cute?
I hope you enjoyed reading about what was such a special trip for my Sister and I!? Isn’t it wonderful to
Celebrate the special moments :-)
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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