Last Wednesday, I dragged poor Chloe down to London to visit the UK’s only cat cafe – Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. I’d booked us in over a month ago and I was so excited, I was really irritating on the way down there but really, what’s better than spending a couple of hours with a nice drink, cake and cats? Nothing!

We got there a little bit later than planned thanks to some delayed trains, it was pretty easy to find from Liverpool St Station. We paid our £5 donation and washed our hands to protect the kitties from the dirty London germs and made our way inside.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been to a cat cafe, I visited one in Paris which you can read about here. I definitely prefer Lady Dinah’s to the Parisian one though, I love decor and it has a more relaxed atmosphere. We took a seat at the table on the ground floor and ordered a rose lemonade and slice of red velvet cake each while I tried to get a certain cat to pose for photos. Unfortunately, he didn’t really want anything to do with me but it was alright because there’s ten other cats there.

I spent a lot of time with a lovely ginger Tom called Indiana, he was very sleepy but so good natured and friendly. He happily posed for a lot of photos (okay, he was asleep in most of them and had no idea) and he let me give him a fuss. I also made friends with a white and calico girl called Artemis. Even Chloe loved her!

I definitely recommend a visit to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, it’s such a lovely environment and the cats are ever so well behaved.

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.