In Riga: Old Town

Old town is full of little streets to wander around and I highly recommend you take the time to explore. I was walking around on an overcast St Patricks day and it was quiet and just want I needed. I loved the architecture of the Old Town, medieval buildings with brightly coloured restaurants and shops. PhoebeGill170317116There are some incredible points of interest like the House of the Blackheads. This incredible red brick gothic structure is where you can get walking tours of Old Town. It has such great detail you can’t miss! PhoebeGill170318184Riga Castle is the official residence of the president, it has been rebuilt many times over the years, old structures and new bits added on gives this building a unique look, with six towers, all different colours and sizes. It is closed to the public due to a fire and will reopen in 2018. PhoebeGill170318143Old Town is small but its is completely charming, nothing is symetrical and there are so many little streets with charming spots. There are also big open squares where events are held and markets are set up. When I was walking around there was a brass band playing to no one, soft music reverberated in the square and it was lovely.PhoebeGill170318179There is one thing in European old towns that I love and that is making three building of similar ilk siblings. I have seen a few three brother buildings over Europe and I love finding them. These brothers are awkwardly placed down a small street.

Take the time. Take a walking tour. Enjoy!

Happy Travels!

In Edinburgh: The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile, the road that leads to Edinburgh castle, is in the middle of the oldest part of the city. This cobbled walk is full of history, medieval architecture and lots of things to do. There is something for everyone. phoebegill161231065

Landmarks Worth a Look

  1. Edinburgh Castle
  2. St Columba’s Free Church of Scotland
  3. Mercat Cross
  4. St Giles’ Cathedral
  5. Canongate Kirk
  6. Scottish Parliament Building
  7. Palace of Holyroodhouse

phoebegill161231073Fun Things To Do

  1. Camera Obscura & World of Illusions
  2. The Royal Mile Market
  3. The Scotch Whisky Experience

There is also lots of places to eat including The Elephant Cafe, aka the Jk Rowling Cafe and it’s Scotland so there are lots of pubs. There is also The Hive, a club that sells cheap drinks and has free in days so really there is so much to do!

phoebegill161231083Edinburgh Castle is the main attraction at the end of the mile. I recommend going in and experiencing the views and different sections of the grounds. As you can see it gets really really busy so go early! You can also catch a beautiful sunset from up here. phoebegill161231088The Royal Mile is somewhere I will always gravitate to it’s beautiful and has a great energy.

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In Stockholm: Gamla Stan, Old Town

There is something so wonderful when you can explore the old areas of a city, it can bring you back in time with the classic architecture, small streets and gorgeous squares. Gamla Stan has to be one of my favourites! phoebegill160714149This beautiful area is crammed full of cafe’s, bars, restaurants, cute quirky shops and so many tourist shops for all you fridge magnet and Swedish tat needs! Wandering around this busy little area, exploring the beautiful golden streets is so so lovely! phoebegill160714190I didn’t know what was around the next corner and that was really nice, I just walked around and then I stumbled upon this charming little square, Stortorget. I sat down outside the Nobel Museum and just took a minute. So many people coming in and out of the square, sitting having a drink or eating outside. It is such a beautiful place to watch the sun leave the square and take a rest after a day of walking around Stockholm.phoebegill160714663Skirting the outside of Gamla Stan is the parliament buildings and the Royal Palace where you can find the Royal Jewels, well worth a visit to admire the sparkly diamonds. This area is steeped in history and there is so much to see! I want to be back strolling around in the warmth of the evening watching the sun set.

There was lots more I could have done in this area but in all honesty I needed an excuse to come back, I really want to see Stockholm in Winter and a little less crowded. So until then.

Happy Travels!