Monday, 6 April 2015

Edinburgh, Scotland Photo Essay - An Impromptu 2 day Trip

This post was supposed to be my last post for the year 2014. But to tell you the truth i was being plain lazy and hence no posts since last few months (yes!!! sighhhh :( ). And thats the reason why i never came back to complete this post on time. Now that i am back from a really long break from blogging its time to get back on track :).

Edinburgh, Scotland was certainly not on our list when we were in London. After giving it a lot of thought finally we decided.....why not?. Since we were in London for a good 2 weeks (for hubby's work) we wanted to make the most of it. This trip was a quick tour of Edinburg and we managed to squeeze in as many places as we could. 

The most memorable part of the trip for me was the mesmerizing victorian structures and the beautiful lush green landscape. I am not a big fan of cities or modern buildings.  Ancient architecture, ruins and the history behind them is what fascinates me the most. 

Although i am well aware that there were a lot of stuff we missed but this what we could manage in our 2 day trip and i must say it was wonderful. I hope you will like and enjoy my small photo essay on this beautiful country. 

Day 1: Edinburgh City tour 

We started off our first day with scrumptious breakfast at a local restaurant called Triacle near our hotel. I had the scottish vegetarian breakfast and hubs ordered eggs benedict. My scottish breakfast was the most delicious and scrumptious breakfast i ever had....yummmm. So if you ever happen to visit Edinburgh do check out this place or atleast try out the scottish breakfast. 

Eggs Benedict - 2 english muffins topped with spinach and poached eggs with hollandaise sauce
Vegetarian Scottish Breakfast comprised of veg haggis (this was to die for yummmmyy), veg sausage, tomato, portobello mushroom, beans, hash brown, potato scone, egg, toast and tea....burrrrpppp!!

After a very satisfying meal we headed for local sight seeing. The easiest, quickest and reasonable option for city sight seeing would be the hop on and hop off bus tours. The bus tours include Edinburgh tour, City sightseeing tour, Mac tours, Majestic tour and Bus & Boat tour. You can choose a particular tour based on what you are interested in seeing (each tour covers different local attractions). 

University of Edinburgh

View of the old town from above the Princes Street Gardens

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle 

Beautiful view captured from the Castle

National War Museum 

Inside the castle 

Some beautiful stained glass windows

Striking a touristy pose :P

St. Giles Cathedral 

New town Edinburgh

Scottish National Gallery (view from behind)

Day 2: Loch Ness, GlenCoe and Highlands

Next day we had booked a one day trip to Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the beautiful highlands. Words might fall short to describe the beautiful landscape that we saw. I would rather share the beautiful and breathtaking pictures instead.

Highland cattle aka hamish cow (looks like this one needs a stylist :P )

Simply beautiful



This is one of my fav pics that i clicked during our tour

Spotted a white one (must say this one was very friendly) you see the brown one standing in the corner? They look so cute with the bangs hehehee..
Loch Ness Boat Trip

Yeyyyy finally we spotted Nessie :P 

Monday, 8 December 2014

London - A photo essay and some foodie thoughts

Hubby's work trip to London turned out to be a wonderful travel and gastronomic experience for us. Since this was not a leisure trip i will keep this post short and share some of the beautiful photos instead. On second thoughts i would love to share things i liked about London and places to eat (being a total foodie now how can i miss the food part).

This has been in the drafts since...forever....Can't believe how lazy i am at times...heeeee :P

Big Ben - Also know as the Clock Tower happens to be the largest four faced clock tower in the world.
Palace of Westminster - UK Parliament
Tower Bridge - Noooo!!! that is not the London Bridge :P

Some highlights:

1) The beautiful Victorian structures - Victorian structures are a welcome break among the high rises that you often get to see in all the major cities and downtown. It was a deja vu kinda feeling as we can also find these stunning architecture in our very own Mumbai.

2) The Food (especially Indian Food :D) - I must confess the Indian food here was by far the best of the best. We also enjoyed few other delicacies.

I have listed few of our favorites from our trip below:

Indian and Bangladeshi Food
  • Brick Lane: If you are ever in London city and are craving for Indian or Bangladeshi food, do check out the restaurants on Brick Lane many options to choose from. 
  • Lahore Kebab House: By far the most delicious mutton tikka and paya that i have ever had. The food here is lip smackingly delicious. This place is a must try if you are a die hard non vegetarian. 
  • Dishoom: With a nice laid back ambiance, this place also serves delicious food. Although i wouldn't say its all the way traditional but more of a modern indian approach. 
  • Simply Indian: A simple hole in the wall kinda restaurant but the service was good and food was absolutely delicious. And the menu was interesting too, with many different options ranging from hyderabadi to goan to mughlai. 
  • Bangalore Express: This is the one near gracechurch street. The veg thali and south indian cuisines are a must have. The only very big disappointment with this place is the service. Its very very bad. So if you are patient enough and can tolerate a bad service you can give this a try maybe once. 
  • Punjab: This is known to be the oldest north indian restaurant in the UK. Ambiance, service and food everything is excellent here. A must try indeed. 
Other Options: 

  • Gaucho: If you are a steak lover then this is something you shouldn't miss. Gaucho is an argentine steakhouse and argentine beef is known to be best in the whole wide world. Steakhouses can be expensive so save this for a date night ;). Please excuse me for the poor quality of photos clicked from my phone :P.

  • Pho - A small and charming restaurant that serves delicious vietnamese street food. Loved the quaint small place and the food. 
  • Old Spitalfields Market - A must visit place if you are in London. I so so regret for not carrying my camera while i was here. This is the place where i passed most of my time while hubby was busy with his work. A great place for food and shopping. Clothes, bags, fashion jewelry, make up, shoes,  arts & crafts, handmade crafts, vintage collections, mediterranean food stalls, basically everything old and new could be found here. Now as far as food is concerned there are tons of options to choose from. I loved the falafel options served by Pilpel, small greek deli by The Real Greek which is just outside the restaurant serve some delicious fresh salads along with lunch options and delicious crepes by crepeaffaire. I am sure there are many other restaurants that serves delicious food but these were some of them that we both liked and enjoyed. 
Old Spitalfields Market Image Source- Google (Wikipedia)
3) Transportation: Easy transport options like buses and trains makes it easier for tourists to roam around conveniently everywhere. I especially loved the double decker red buses :).

The vintage red Double Decker bus :D
Some photos of the major tourist attractions.
Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

This cantonal tree displays the coats of the arms of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. 
It states that on 15th April 1991, on the occasion of 700th anniversary of the Swiss confederation, 
the right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor David Avery named this area "Swiss Court" 
as a token of lasting friendship between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 
The London Eye - One of the popular tourist attraction, this Europe's tallest ferris wheel offers the
highest public viewing point in London (however now The Shard has taken over as the highest viewing point) 

Birds eye view of the city from the London eye

The British Museum

Inside the Museum

So until next time....signing off with some spectacular night view

Palace of Westminster lit up at night