Adults Only! Mammy & Daddy Visit Edinburgh Christmas Market

Just Us Two!

Just Us Two!

My favourite time of the year, Christmas. A time to eat more, drink more, spend more and basically, just be merry. This year Christmas is kind of passing me by with the responsibility of Freya-Lillie.com, selling toys to mums and dads up and down the country.

But the one thing that stays the same year after year is the annual Christmas shopping trip to Edinburgh for mammy and daddy. I am such a fan of a good Christmas market, wrapping up warm, visiting the brightly lit stalls and the sound of Mariah Carey, All i Want For Christmas sounding out in the background, everyone is so happy and it just feels festive and full of cheer.

It's all about the notes

It’s all about the notes

More importantly it’s time for me and my other half to reconnect. I don’t know about other families but sometimes you just become ships that pass by in the night. Bathing the kids, cooking the tea, sending work emails…the list is endless. Where did that quality time to chat and cuddle go? Time? Sorry, what is that again?

Smile

Smile

Each and every year we follow the same plan, train up to Edinburgh planning who and what gifts we need to buy and making notes in our phones (can’t live without my iphone notes!). Arrive in Edinburgh around lunch time and head to Harvey Nics for a Fourth Floor Smash cocktail, yummy! It’s like this new found freedom, we can do what we want and when we want, it’s fab. Don’t get me wrong, Freya is pinned to my side 24/7 so I’m already missing her before i’ve even left, that horrible feeling in the pit of my tummy, it’s enough not to go at all. But i know she’ll have lots of fun with nana and mummy and daddy will have some much needed quality time together to laugh, chat and drink so much we talk about such rubbish like ‘can you remember when we…’.

Fourth Floor Smash

Fourth Floor Smash

Friday is a shopping day for us, mummy and daddy, new purchases and the odd pit stop at a wine bar or pub for some refuelling. I love it!!! This year we visited The Honours restaurant for a ‘posh’ meal, a treat to ourselves. Posh meals or meals of any kind don’t tend to happen very often, so we like to make the effort to dress up and dine out somewhere nice. I won’t lie though, i do prefer my skinny jeans, flats and a winter coat. Oh no, when did i become OLD!

Oysters in Pink Champagne

Oysters in Pink Champagne

The restaurant was welcoming, the staff very friendly and helpful and the food…WOW! Oysters in pink champagne followed by poached lemon sole was out of this world. It was a little pricey but the flavours were immense. Mark had a steak fillet and at £38 i was hoping it was the size of his plate, it was unfortunately not. However, Mark’s face said it all, so juicy and tender and according to Mark, well worth the money. Most definitely a thumbs up from us!

The Dome, another Christmassy venue...be prepared to get squashed!

The Dome, another Christmassy venue…be prepared to get squashed!

We tried a new bar afterwards which has become my new favourite, Copper & Blossom is situated just off George Street and it’s cosy, trendy, welcoming and you guessed it…full of copper and blossom. It was very busy and during the day is seating only so no standing around having a drink. I could have quite happily spent a full day relaxing, snacking and drinking in that bar, loved it and so did Mark.

Afterwards was the very trendy yet a little pricey Tiger Lily bar, i love the cocktails, the decor and how trendy it is in this bar. We were lucky enough to stay here one Christmas trip weekend, it was ideal and the room, although a little small, was right up our street. We do like to be central and make it our mission to visit a different hotel every year…but that’s a different blog!

Saturday is all systems go, operation Christmas shopping in one day begins. We have our list, we have our route, lets go shop, but first…a full Scottish breakfast please, yum yum. This seriously does set me up for a good day of shopping, that and a comfy pair of shoes.

Edinburgh Christmas Market (and Mark)

Edinburgh Christmas Market (and Mark)

Edinburgh is fab, you have your designer stores, high street stores and little boutique style shops for when you need something ‘a little different’ and when we can’t take anymore it’s time to drop off the bags and head out for the best part of the trip…the Christmas market.

Hot Beer...Yum!

Hot Beer…Yum!

It’s dark and cold, everyone wrapped up warm and cosy. The fairground rides and wooden stalls are brightly lit and the sound of Christmas music is everywhere. That’s when it hits me, that warm and happy feeling that Christmas brings. Last year i gave hot beer a try, i won’t lie, it was actually quite nice, but this year i opted for a hot chocolate complete with a proper mug, you just drop it back off later. I may have also had a shot of baileys added to it just to make it taste a little creamier, honest.

We Love it here x

We Love it here x

When you take a moment to look around, everyone is so happy and full of joy, you can’t help but smile and cuddle in, sipping drinks and listening to the Christmas music and getting excited to do it all again next year.

Michelle xx

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