Last week - or earlier this week, depending on how you view it - I spent a few chilly days in Edinburgh. Having never visited Scotland before, it was a refreshing break and most likely one of the most relaxing so far! The city exudes an undeniable 'casual' vibe and one that sees residents and visitors alike seem unthreatening and well, relaxed. Having arranged to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh (The Caledonian), it was at times challenging to encourage myself to step foot onto the rainy - though beautiful - streets of the city, and so as a result spent the first late afternoon, evening and following morning in the comfort of the luxury hotel! The plus side to doing so? Plenty of photos taken to share on A Glass Of Ice...
After a short flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh (1h 25mins), a taxi journey showcased what to expect as it took us through the dark and gothic-like historic architecture of the city before reaching The Caledonian - a former Victorian railway hotel. There was something almost comforting in the sight of pedestrians walking with purpose in cagoules. Having spent many years associating heavy downpours with the Lake District and Switzerland's Grindelwald (admittedly two very different locations), I can now add a third - the Scottish city of Edinburgh. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's something very attractive about a moody city familiar with rainfall. That said, the warm welcome received at the hotel was a relief; a moment later and it was time to become better acquainted with our accommodation for the next couple of nights!
Instagram. The obligatory desk-shot; where the magazine, maps and sweets/chocolate are soon to inevitably be piled high. Speaking of which, I discovered a Kit Kat Chunky in the Peanut Butter version while visiting Edinburgh! I fell in love with the bar a few years ago only for it to be pulled from most English shelves. Heartbreaking, to say the least (I wish I was joking).
|Peacock Alley - formerly the station concourse and ticket office|
I've mentioned in nearly every one of my shared travel diaries before now, that one of my favourite pastimes when travelling is taking some time to sit in bed come the evening and flick through magazines. So, with the warm ambience of the amber lighting (and turning off those with blue lamp shades - not a fan), I read through an issue of Elle Magazine; from an interview with Jourdan Dunn to a glimpse into Savannah Miller's life - sister of Sienna Miller and Co-Founder of Twenty8Twelve. Total relaxation, bliss.
Rise and shine! The first morning in a new city is always exciting, and even more so when you know a full english breakfast and pastry basket awaits! Honey on toast was on the cards for me, along with sugar-sprinkled shortbread biscuits. My morning ritual has always included a hot chocolate as well and probably always will, meaning one day I'll have to fight my future children for it. Thankfully until then, it's all mine.
|Edinburgh Castle view from the hotel room|
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
Note: Complimentary return flights provided by TravelSupermarket.