In Edinburgh: At Winter Time

I have been to Edinburgh twice now and I plan on going again this year on a little solo trip. In 2010 I went just before christmas with a group of college friends and it was a great weekend.pmgill_20091220_0017This was the year of the big freeze so there were delays and cancellations because of snow. I was frantically checking the weather and the airport websites to see how our flight was doing and for some strange turn of fate we got out with no problems at all. There is something so amazing about a white blanket of snow covering a city. We got into the city centre where we were staying and the smell of the brewery filled the air. This smell is quite strange if you are not used to it but it grows on you.

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These images are taken from the Camera Obscura beside Edinburgh castle. It is the perfect place to get panoramic shots of the city. It is also such a good tourist attraction! 
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Edinburgh is a fantastic city, I have a lot of great memories of this place and I am excited to go back. It is a perfect weekend getaway spot. I really recommend going in winter, the christmas markets are great, the place is beautiful and festive and it will most likely snow, it is just magical.

Happy Travels! pmgill_20091220_0021

Merry Christmas Beans!!

Hello my beans!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or Holidays, wherever you are in the world. I hope you are all in very comfortable clothing, regretting the copious amount of treats you have ingested and planning new activities to help you redeem your choices.

I thought I would share some snaps with you and maybe some of the amazing things I got yesterday. I had such a great day, my family were all around, I got the most thoughtful, wonderful gifts, I got to see my family happy with their gifts (it’s always so tough to get them anything!) We got to eat amazing food cooked by my wonderful father, my grandparents (who have been through the ringer) were happy and chatty which is always so nice to see, my mother put on such a wonderful spread and kept everything running like always. We played our version of mastermind and pulled crackers and glitter got in the cranberry sauce. There were no squabbles or hiccups, it was perfect! And to finish off the night we all moshed to some Coldplay.

Christmas is something I try to make the most of and to be happy on, I remember a time where I wasn’t so happy and it honestly felt like the worst ache you have ever had, seeing everyone so happy and you so miserable and from that year onward I have decided to feel better and take control over how I feel, as hard as that can be. I hope you all had a wonderful time or days off and are excited for 2015!

Also who doesn’t love a load of glittery lights all over the place!

Happy Travels!

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One last thing,

Today, the 26th of December, is an odd day for me, it is happy and sad, my grandfather passed away four years ago but today would have been his 87th birthday. I am so glad I got to spend Christmas eve and day with my family and I am still full of festive cheer but I can’t help but think of my grandmother alone and missing him. I also think of my father, who misses my granda a lot.

Make the most of the people in your life, be it family or friends you have made your family. Thank you for reading. P x

In London: At Christmas

Some of my favourite things to do at christmas time is to see the christmas decorations in London. Me and my family go to London just before christmas to shop and to eat and to get all of our christmas treats, more on this later.

The Streets:

I love the way London decorates it’s streets, they are usually different for each of the big shopping areas in central London.

The main areas I love are Eros in Piccadilly, they usually dress up the statue to look all festive, my favourite was last years Eros snow globe with billowing snow inside. It was so magical!

Oxford street is such a long shopping street and they always decorate the whole way down be mindful this street gets crazy busy during this time! Maybe do all your shopping on a weekday when it is a little quieter as weekends in London are extremely crowded!

Bond Street is a very affluent street of London, with high end jewellery and clothing brands, you are very likely to see expensive cars and beautiful window displays. The street is always decorated with sparkles and I love walking around this street, it’s often quieter than Regent and Oxford street so it’s a nice detour.

Carnaby Street is one of my favourite spots, with lots of adjoining roads it’s nice to wander up side streets and see what shops and cafes are waiting for you to experience. Last years were my favourite, there were robins decorating the street, the most wonderful winter garden bird.

Covent Garden is a great place to feel christmassy. This is where you can find the huge christmas tree and inventive decorations, this is a great area to shop and have a bite to eat and get into the festive spirit.

These are just some of my favourites but to be honest this year felt more like a good way to advertise than to just look pretty. I have preferred previous years but it is always nice to look at.

Shop Windows: 

Some the window displays during christmas are some of my favourites to go and look at. Fortnum and Mason, this lovely food shop has had some beautiful window creations, one year they had a swan lake window with moving figures and snow. Selfridges also has a great fashion based christmas display. Liberty is a beautiful shop with enticing windows with their products. Harrods has a wonderful festive inside and out and is always done up beautifully.

Christmas in London is always pretty magical, there is a buzz in the city and although there are people everywhere, it’s a lovely place to go with friends or family and get into the christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas and Happy Travels!

These next few images are from this yearPhoebeGill141213027

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My favourite decorations because of the robin!