It is 9 years ago today that I started my blog was a birthday cake I made for E. Hence my tradition of celebrating my blog anniversary with E’s birthday cakes. You might notice that they get simpler as life gets busier but I am still here blogging after 1763 posts and still love to bake birthday cakes.
I kept things simple for his birthday this year. For dinner I made nachos. He would have liked vegetarian haggis on it. I would have liked the time and energy to make it. But life is busy and he had plenty of… Continue reading
I am compiling some traditional sightseeing photos from Paris for a post. Meanwhile I will share some less well known sights from Paris. These street art photos are fun and thought provoking in turns. Most of them were taken around the Marais where we stayed. The last one was near the Pompidou Centre and the two above were by the Hotel de Ville.
Paris has some of the most famous monuments in the world. We see them everywhere in popular culture and yet it is still amazing to see them close up and remember just why they are so beloved. All Sylvia wanted to do while in Edinburgh and Paris was ride the open top bus. It is a great way to see some of the iconic sights. We also spent hours queuing to see the Catacombes and I had a day sightseeing in the Marais.
The one thing E was really keen to do in Paris was see the Catacombes. … Continue reading
While I love Edinburgh pubs, many seem to be run by large corporations, whereas the cafe scene is far more exciting and innovative. We spent more time in cafes on our recent trip. Our visits to Edinburgh often find us returning to old favourites. Of the four cafes I write about today, only one was new to us.
In fact Southpour was new to all Edinburgh. It had very recently opened when we arrived. At first we just passed on bus and saw many people enjoying themselves in a cafe of quirky furniture and sparkly fairy lights. Then we… Continue reading
The last month has been quite overwhelming with a trip to Edinburgh following the death of my father in law, a holiday in Paris and home to Melbourne just a few days back. While I loved the daffodils and budding trees of a Northern springtime, I am happy to be home for the mellow weather and apple season of a Southern autumn.
Firstly let us start with one of the quirkier items I purchased in Edinburgh: Marmite’s Very Peculiar chocolate. I was excited to see a large block in the shape of a Marmite jar on the sale table at… Continue reading
After two days of rain it was glorious to see the sun come out in Paris. Just the day to climb the towers of the Notre Dame cathedral, to get up close to some gargoyles, to eat gooey brie in its shadow and then admire the intricate details of the entrance and then hop aboard an open top bus.
I was warying about queuing after the long long queues at the Catacombes the previous day and had seen the queues a couple of days before when we had gone inside the cathedral (see above photo). However it was only about… Continue reading
Today is our last full day in Edinburgh. It has been a day of packing and sorting through belongings. I arranged to meet my friend Clare for lunch at The Auld Hoose for vegan nachos. When I arrived with Sylvia, the barman was very apologetic about Edinburgh laws stating that children cannot be in a pub in sight of the bar and they did not have a dining room. Luckily one of the other places I had wanted to visit in Edinburgh was just around the corner. We walked across to Kalpna and were very pleased with our lunch.
Kalpna… Continue reading