A Dance With The Devil

I realised last week that it had been ages since I got dressed up real fancy and pretended to be a grown up. So this week, me and my friend Gwen did just that. I put on my party dress and my lipstick and treated myself to a bottle of bubbles in one of the coolest bars in Edinburgh.

IMG_2725 IMG_2723The Devil’s Advocate is the kind of bar that could only exist in Edinburgh. Tucked away down one of the Royal Mile’s terrifying, undoubtedly haunted closes, there’s a definite feel of the macabre about the place. It’s the kind of place you can imagine dark, clandestine plots being hatched by candlelight.

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Kitted out entirely in exposed stone and brick walls, dark iron furnishings and enormous dripping candles, the inside of the bar chimes beautifully and ever so cooly with the gloomy, ghoulish close it resides in. It’s impossible not to feel sophisticated sitting in a place like this, even if you are yelling about gardening, throwing Prosecco all over yourself and snorting when you laugh.

Lol, just kidding, I would never waste Prosecco like that.

Lol, just kidding, I would never waste Prosecco like that.

I had fully intended to take some photographs of me and Gwen for this blog post, but honestly, once that bottle arrived, that was pretty much it. There are very few photographs of me and Gwen together, and I genuinely think it might be because we’re always too busy drinking and having an awesome time to take photos. The staff in the Devil’s Advocate are unspeakably awesome and lovely, and made me feel right at home, despite the aforementioned yelling about gardening and failure to hold my alcohol (puns! puns!). We decided to be semi sensible and stick with our bottle of Prosecco and a glass of wine each, but I am definitely heading back as soon as I have the funds to sample every cocktail on their menu. You know, for science. Gwen has assured me that they are to die for. They also have a whisky shelf boasting 200 different tipples, if you’re looking for the real Edinburgh experience.

This would be an amazing place to take family and friends if you want to pretend that you’re cool and in the know (I fully intend on doing this next week with my mum and Sophie), or if you have a secret and terrible plot that needs a suitably dramatic place to be revealed. Big, big thumbs up from me.

Museum Week At The National Museum of Scotland

Since it’s Museum Week (nah, I’m joking, I didn’t even know it was museum week until I got there), I decided to pop along to the National Museum of Scotland for a bit of culture.

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Anyway. The museum is currently hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and seeing as how I like wildlife, like photography and love the museum, I figured it’d be worth a peek.

IMG_2539Unfortunately, cameras aren’t allowed into the exhibition, presumably so that scoundrels like me don’t pretend they’ve had a casual encounter with a lion cub while wandering the Lockerbie hills. So you’ll just have to take my word for it, if you’re in Edinburgh, it’s definitely worth a look. From mummy crocodiles with baby crocs on their faces, to stampeding herds of elephants, the photographs are simply stunning. The exhibition is running until June 1st, and is completely free! Hooray!

Having sated my desire for grown up culture, I headed back into the main hall to sample some of the museum’s other delights.

IMG_2546The National Museum of Scotland is an amazing place for little kids and big kids alike, providing fun, interactive and educational exhibits whether you want to learn about dinosaurs or racecars, pottery or Ancient Egypt. My obsessions haven’t changed much since I was 8 years old, so I immediately made a beeline for the Natural World and Earth in Space galleries.

My first ever trip to the museum happened because I heard they had a dinosaur. They do. It is excellent.

My first ever trip to the museum happened because I heard they had a dinosaur. They do. It is excellent.

This is a mega sloth. The fact that this animal once existed brings me untold amounts of joy. Just imagine a sloth this big.

This is a mega sloth. The fact that this animal once existed brings me untold amounts of joy. Just imagine a sloth this big.

Don't you listen to them rock, I think you're beautiful.

Don’t you listen to them rock, I think you’re beautiful.

Whether you want to while away a few hours on a lazy afternoon, learn something new, or just dress up as an astronaut for a while (no lie, I have done this), the National Museum of Scotland is one of my favourite places to hang out in Edinburgh. Go on, it’s Museum Week after all.

A Spring In My Step

After the mother of all apocalyptic storms yesterday, this morning Edinburgh woke up with a little spring in its step. As an extreme heliophile, I decided to take the lovely weather as an excuse to explore my gorgeous city. I bundled up warm and set off on a wander. It was one of those mornings where the chill in the wind still cuts through you, but the sun warms you with the promise of a summer to come (please, oh please).

Edinburgh is one of those cities that does well in the rain, all gloomy and mysterious and brooding, but when the sunlight hits her, she is beyond compare.

Spot the castle peeping through.

Spot the castle peeping through.

IMG_2361IMG_2350My walk was unintentionally lengthened by me locking myself out of my flat, like a genius, but I didn’t mind too much, just kept soaking up the sunlight and caught up on my window shopping. Bruntsfield shop windows are the best.

IMG_2354 IMG_2364I managed to lay my hands on a spare set of keys, just in time for the dark clouds to start rolling in. Besides, there was a cup of tea and a homemade scone in the flat with my name on it. So I nipped home along the canal, waving hello to my favourite barge as I passed.

A barge called Dignity. Brilliant.

A barge called Dignity. Brilliant.

IMG_2358I was feeling so intoxicated by all the spring sprunging around that I even bought myself an enormous, beautiful bunch of flowers.

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I fixed myself a mini afternoon tea for one, gazed at my flowers and pretended I was sitting in a seaside cafe somewhere. Hopefully the sunshine is here to stay!

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Don’t scratch your nose while rolling dough.

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Click the picture for a scone recipe!

Check out my adorable Beatrix Potter tea.

Check out my adorable Beatrix Potter tea.

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