You might remember that I mentioned in my earlier blog post here that Gary and I were going on our first weekend without kids for 6 1/2 years (yes, that’s since we had them!).
Things have been a little hectic around here, for various reasons but I have finally made some time to report back on the wonderful weekend we had together, mainly so I can look at the pictures and remind myself it was real and not a dream!
My picture taking is random, but feel free to enjoy and comment on some of the best bits I found about a wonderfully decadent and expensive weekend away for Gary and I (one which certainly won’t be repeated any time soon).
Day 1 – Get the train from Wigan Station with reserved seats, that aren’t reserved, and the train has a carriage missing so is standing room only. This in no way even dents our delight! Friday evening arrive in Edinburgh at ‘The Glass House’ a Times recommended boutique hotel and oh my it’s beautiful. The staff are amazingly polite and friendly, nothing is too much for them, I feel the urge to apologize for being there (but manage to contain it, we paid, damn it!).
We get ready to go out for the evening.
And yes, I do look rather smug.
Tea was at ‘The Dome’ which was an amazing building, and was recommended by a friend, but to be honest the food wasn’t brilliant, and it was very expensive. This didn’t dent our fun, either!
Day 2 – Rather than spend £18 each for a continental breakfast at the hotel, we took the recommendation of lots of people of going to Valvona & Crolla. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a delicatessen and Italian wine merchants and was just the most amazing shop I have ever been in, a real Aladdin’s cave, floor to ceiling wonderfulness!
We then walked through fantastic Edinburgh houses to The Royal Botanical Gardens which were stunning. The weather turned out to be fantastic, a really beautiful spring day.
Here are just a selection of things that caught my imagination.