A couple of weeks ago, I packed my Cath Kidston holiday bag and got on the coach for a ten hour overnight journey to Edinburgh to see Amy and her daughter (Little Miss). This is the second time I’d been to Edinburgh (I first went last September for the same reason) but I had never properly explored Scotland’s capital city so we decided to take an open top bus tour.

After doing a bit of shopping and having a spot of lunch at the City Cafe, we headed into the Museum of Childhood where we found lots of creepy looking dolls. Little Miss loved it and I really enjoyed seeing all of the old teddy bears – I even found the exact same Winnie The Pooh that I have, although mine is a lot more loved.

We then headed back to Waverley Bridge and paid our £13 for the open top bus tour. We sat right at the back on the top of the bus (Little Miss chose where we were sitting) and the tour lasted an hour. Thankfully it didn’t rain although it was quite a gloomy day. I loved seeing all of Edinburgh properly and took so many photos. These are just a few of my favourites.

On my way back home a few days later, I travelled back to Edinburgh again to get the coach and spent a few hours wandering around in the dark on my own snapping away. I’m still getting used to my new camera and am learning everyday through magazines and YouTube tutorials. I think the next thing I need to work on is taking photos in low light/darkness.

Have you ever been to Edinburgh?

I thought I’d put all my foodie photos into one blog post rather than on the individual days. I had some amazing food while I was in Paris but surprisingly, I didn’t eat one croissant or baguette. Weird.

Le Village Ronsard

On the first night we came across this little authentic French bistro by chance after we’d been to Notre Dame. I ordered a Pina Colada and rump steak with peppercorn sauce and french fries. I asked for my steak to be well done and the waiter even said it was well done when he bought it out, however it was very pink in the middle. I really don’t like pink steak and didn’t feel like I should send it back so I ate the more cooked parts and left the middle bit. It was nice though and my cocktail was very alcoholic!
See the Trip Advisor page for Le Village Ronsard here.

Le Ronsard

This little cafe was opposite Sacre Coeur and we thought it might be pricey as it’s a very touristy place. However, the sandwiches were reasonably priced and it wasn’t too busy inside. I had a croque monsieur and french fries while Amy had a three cheese panini. The waiter was a little bit eccentric but the food arrived quickly and it was delicious. I’ve been craving it ever since!
See the Trip Advisor page for Le Ronsard here.

Le Bistrot Chat Noir

This is situated in the red light district, a few doors down from the Moulin Rouge. We popped in here for cocktails as it was happy hour, it’s always happy hour somewhere in Paris. I think it was around €4.50 for each one. I had a mojito which was absolutely delicious and so alcoholic. I felt quite tipsy afterwards!
See the Trip Advisor page for Le Bistrot Chat Noir here.

La Favorite

This was one of the places that we knew we wanted to visit before we even arrived in France. We went on the same day as Le Ronsard and I was still full from my croque monsieur so I just ordered french fries, however I did have the most delicious Watermelon Martini as it was happy hour. The food is very pricey here (around €16 for a burger) but there’s a great atmosphere and fantastic cocktails. Plus, free wifi!
See the Trip advisor page for La Favorite here.

McDo/McCafe


We’d heard so many wonderful things about the French McDonald’s and couldn’t wait to find one. We were so pleased when we finally stumbled across one on the second day. They do a massive variety of hot drinks, (I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that you were in Starbucks not a McDonald’s) and we both went for a caramel macchiato. They also do a great selection of cakes and desserts including tiramisu and cheesecake! We both had six macaroons which were €5 (or €0.90 each) which came presented in a little box.

Breakfast In America


This is another place that we knew we wanted to visit. It’s actually just around the corner from La Favorite although we didn’t realise that the night before! We went for breakfast and I ordered a Cafe au Lait and French toast with maple syrup. The portion sizes were huge and I only managed to eat half of mine. It wasn’t too expensive, so I definitely recommend it if you don’t fancy the traditional French breakfast of pain (bread) or croissants.
See the Trip Advisor page for Breakfast In American here.

Laduree

This is definitely somewhere you go to treat yourself. It’s very expensive but it’s something that we both really wanted to do while we were in Paris. I went for a coffee eclair and an iced coffee – they weren’t the best things I’ve ever tasted but it was worth it for the experience. It’s so posh in there and the atmosphere was lovely. We bought some macarons from the shop afterwards. They’re priced at €1.85 each but I wanted them in a box so I paid €15.60 for six. A bit steep but it meant that I managed to get them back home to Staffordshire in one piece!
See the Trip Advisor page for Laduree here

Le Rey

We stumbled upon this restaurant in Bastille and decided to have our last meal in Paris here. We both ordered burgers and french fries which were delicious and it was probably the best burger I’ve ever tasted. I did find it a bit weird that although my burger was piping hot, the bacon on it was cold.. It didn’t really make sense to me! The food and the cocktails were both reasonably priced. I had an apple and kiwi mojito which was lovely.
See the Trip Advisor page for Le Rey here.

Our final full day in Paris was meant to be our more relaxing day but we still ended up doing as much as we did the previous days.

Our first stop was an American style diner called Breakfast in America for a spot of breakfast. I’d read about this place online before we went and we were both dying to go. I’ll post more about the food in a separate blog post that I’m planning but let me just tell you that it was delicious and everyone needs to visit there!


We then headed to Musée D’Orsay (on a double decker train!!) which I was really excited about. I love impressionism and was really looking forward to seeing some of my favourite Van Gogh paintings (Starry Night Over The Rhone which I actually have a poster of, La Méridienne and his famous self portrait from 1889) and also some Monet and Manet. This museum was so much better than the Louvre. Firstly, it’s in a converted railway station so it has amazing architecture and secondly, it’s easy to navigate your way around the place. We found exactly what we were looking for straight away. We had to queue for about half an hour to get in but it was totally worth it. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’s into French art from the late 19th century.


After stopping off at a cafe for a cold drink and a quick look at our guide books, we decided to catch the metro to Mouton Douvernet as I wanted to visit the catacombs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the road on the map or see any signs or directions to the catacombs, so we just ended up wandering around a few shops and having a Starbucks. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to spell my name right on my cup, they don’t usually get it right in England.

We then headed to St Germain so that Amy could see the two famous cafes, Café Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. We also found a vintage shop so had a little rummage in there but everything was quite expensive so we didn’t buy anything. 


We then got back on the metro and made our way to Galleries Lafayette which is pretty much the Parisian version of Harrods. Unlike Harrods though, it was way too hot and busy and we didn’t spend long there at all. I purchased an Eiffel Tower Pandora charm for myself and then we decided we deserved a special treat..


We got on the metro to Champs-Élysées for the second time but instead of shopping, we headed to the famous Ladurée and treated ourselves to a coffee and a cake. I had the most expensive coffee eclair I will ever have (I think it worked out to be about £6!) but it was so worth it, just for the experience. We then purchased some macarons from the shop to take home in little boxes. They were very expensive but it’s just something that you have to do when you’re in Paris. 

We decided to have a look around Bastille for somewhere to eat that evening and ended up settling on a bistro called Café Rey (which had the best toilets I’ve ever seen) where we had a cocktail and a burger before going back to the hostel to pack and sleep before our long journeys home the next day. Paris was exhausting but it was fantastic and I can’t wait for our next adventure.

Find out what we did on Day One and Day Two.
Look out for my next post about where we ate while we were there!