Rosenborg Castle

One of the many things I loved about Copenhagen was the architecture. I’ve never considered myself someone interested in buildings before, but I fell in love with the gorgeous colours and mix of old and new in Copenhagen. As a fan of all things royal, it was a must that we visit one of the royal buildings. We settled on Rosenborg Castle as it was a stone’s throw from our hotel.

We were not disappointed.

From the outside, Rosenborg Castle screams fairy-tale. It towers into the sky as you approach, the red stonework with the black-lined windows so gothic and romantic. Everyone was stopping to try to take in how magnificent it is.

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Tivoli Gardens

Of all the places we visited while in Copenhagen, I think the one we fell in love with most was Tivoli Gardens. Not once, not twice, but three times we ventured there during the course of our trip. Simply put, it was magical. One of the ladies issuing tickets told us that Tivoli is different by day and night. We went twice by night and once during the day and she was absolutely right – it was completely different but still amazing.

When we went, Tivoli was dressed up for Halloween and boy did they go all out. As a lover of Halloween, I was in my element. The first thing you see as you approach the entrance is a giant pumpkin grinning down at you. When you get inside there is then an alley of lit-up pumpkins overhead, interspersed with lanterns. It was one of the coolest sights I have ever seen!

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Last weekend I fulfilled a life-long ambition – I went on holiday abroad for the first time.

With my 30th birthday approaching I decided it was time to start ticking things of that bucket list and so when my other half asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I said a holiday abroad. I settled on Copenhagen because so many people had told me it is a great place and also because the flight was quite short and neither of us had flown before at the time we booked the holiday.

Choosing Copenhagen was the best decision I ever made. It is a wonderful city. From the moment we stepped onto the metro I was impressed with how efficient everything is. Finding our way to our hotel was so easy. We stayed at Ibsen’s Hotel, which is located a stone’s throw from Norreport station. It was a lovely boutique hotel, with a cute and cosy room and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I highly recommend it!

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Floors Castle and Kelso

Despite having lived in Scotland for all but three years of my life, I haven’t really explored that much of it. Considering that the Borders are literally a stone’s throw away, it’s a county I haven’t ventured into very often. When I was off work recently, we decided to have a day trip to Floors Castle and the nearby town of Kelso, two places I had never visited before.

It was a typically windy and showery day, but that didn’t take away from how lovely both Floors Castle and Kelso were. Our first stop at Floors was the gardens. There is a beautiful walled garden which is filled with an array of flowers. The colours were gorgeous and there were loads of bumble bees making the most of all the pollen. It was very peaceful in the walled garden, despite how popular it was with other visitors. With lots of benches dotted about, on a nice day I imagine it would be a great spot to sit with a book and while away the hours.

Adjacent to the walled garden is the Millennium Garden, which is designed with a French parterre. This reminded me of those grand lawns that you often see in stately homes in adaptations on the TV. We didn’t walk round the whole garden, but we did admire the apple trees which were laden with fruit. Continue reading “Floors Castle and Kelso”

A Day Out in Anstruther

What is there to do in the summer in Scotland? Head off to the seaside, of course!

I’ve been on holiday this week, so naturally I have been itching to get out and explore. Tuesday happened to be one of the hottest days of the year, but unfortunately my other half was working and our little seaside voyage couldn’t take place until the next day. Needless to say, come Wednesday the skies were grey, the wind was up and the temperature was back down to Baltic. Okay, that last part was maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but it certainly didn’t feel very summery when we reached Anstruther.

Anstruther is a little town in Fife, almost directly across the Firth of Forth from our little part of East Lothian. Despite it being so close, I have never ventured there. My partner used to spend his childhood summers there and he wanted to show me some of the places that he used to hang around.

Our first stop was the harbour, which is so pretty.

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Edinburgh Zoo

A couple of weeks ago we decided to visit Edinburgh Zoo. I hadn’t been for a few years but going back reminded me of how conflicted the Zoo makes me feel. On the one hand it is great to be able to see animals that I would never have an opportunity to see otherwise, but on the other hand I can’t help but wonder how being kept in enclosures affects them, especially the bigger animals like the tigers and rhinos. I can only hope that they are well cared for and for the most part they certainly seemed to be.

First up were the meerkats and they are just as adorable as I expected them to be. One was on sentry duty as they would be in the wild and the others were having a great time digging in the earth. A couple of younger ones even had a little play fight.

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London Calling

This time last week I was waking up after a much-needed mini break to London. We were there for two and a half days which just flew by. London is one of those cities that I like to visit – it is so vibrant and full of interesting things to see and do. It is also home of some of my friends and it’s always great to meet up with them again too.

Last time I took the other half with me to London we had a whole week and we did as much of the tourist stuff we could – the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life London Aquarium, Cutty Sark and so much more. In truth we tried to fit too much in and ended up exhausted and a little grumpy with each other at times.

So this time we decided we would take things at a more leisurely pace. We started as we meant to go on with breakfast at The Breakfast Club at London Bridge. Going out for breakfast is something of a novelty for us. I think we’ve only ever done it once in the three years we’ve been dating. There was much excitement on my part about it and I wasn’t disappointed. The Breakfast Club was busy but we didn’t have to wait long for a nice little booth where we could sit and admire the kitsch decor. It is a mishmash of different things and it really appealed to our sense of humour. Continue reading “London Calling”