Happy 2019! How is everyone doing? Hope you had a wonderful mince-pie-and-turkey-filled Christmas and a relaxing start to 2019. If Christmas isn’t your favourite time of the year, then I’m sending a big ol’ hug over to you.
The book industry is one that is continually evolving, with the rise of the digital era and constant market changes. Whilst huge corporations such as Amazon are growing bigger and more powerful, indie publishers are increasingly becoming embedded in the communities of towns and cities. Certainly in Edinburgh, there’s a real sense of locals supporting their indie bookshops, which have some of the most passionate booksellers, and well-stocked and beautifully curated shelves.
Whiling away the hours in a bookshop stocked from the floor to ceiling with books from different eras, genres and authors from across the globe has to be one of my favourite Sunday morning activities. The excitement of finding a book that you don’t want to put down is rare but such a treat when you find it! I often make my best book purchases when visiting an actual bookshop, rather than an online site, where you can read the booksellers recommendations or chat to those who work in the shop who often know what would best suit you and your tastes.
It’s currently the 7th November and I can’t quite believe I’m writing a guide to Edinburgh’s Christmas. How we are in the eleventh month of the year is a complete mystery and the thought of Christmas shopping season being upon us so soon is both exciting and mind blowing. This aside, Christmas in Edinburgh is really quite magical and one of my favourite times of the year. If you’re planning a winter break, then Edinburgh is a great choice and will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.
When we were planning our seven day trip away to Lisbon, we were mindful of experiencing as much of the city as possible, as well as taking some days to relax at the beach. After doing a bit of research we decided on Cascais – a gorgeous beach village with the best ice-cream shop and so much character, from the cobbled streets to the clean, compact beaches (you can read about our day trip to Cascais here) and Costa da Caparica.
Dundee is a coastal city, situated on the Firth of Tay estuary in the eastern part of Scotland. It’s (supposedly) the sunniest city in Scotland and is known for the three J’s which are jute, jam and journalism. I also know it for it’s Dundee Cake (thanks Mum) which has a rich, fruity flavour. It’s a city with a troubled past but is very much up and coming and a place that I’m growing quite fond of.
Today marks the one year anniversary of my big move from a sleepy town in Surrey, England to the beautiful, bustling city of Edinburgh. It’s been without question, one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, uprooting myself from the town I grew up in, moving away from where the majority of my friends were living and starting a whole new life in a new country and city.
Cascais is just a forty minute train journey from the centre of Lisbon but offers a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of a city vacation. With glistening sea views, clean sandy beaches and a lively port, it’s a great day-trip destination which takes minimal effort to get to from Lisbon.