Saturday, December 13, 2014

Girls' Trip To Edinburgh Christmas Markets

Last week some of my friends and I drove to Edinburgh for some girl time and Christmas market fun.
Oh, and for my 30th birthday! First stop, of course, The Horn Milk Bar for some super bacon rolls!

Next, we stopped at Rosslyn Chapel, where they filmed part of the DaVinci Code. Photos were not allowed inside the chape.

We stayed at The Knight Residence in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. It was lovely, and they have parking! The rooms were cozy. They provided nice toiletries and a welcome basket with breakfast goodies including milk for the cereal!

Now for some Christmas Market fun! Edinburgh apparently spent a nice bit of money this year, and I think it was worth it! I really enjoyed it.
Edinburgh was decorated with lots of lights.

Isn't it lovely!?

Julia and Jessica eating the chocolate kisses (they are stuffed with marshmallow!)

Me, Tanya, and Kate enjoying our sweeties!

mmmm... crepes!

 Kate and I HAD to get some potatoes with garlic sauce. It was delicious!
 And no European Christmas market is complete without a giant pretzel!
 Or a bratwurst...

The Scottish Christmas market was much smaller.

 So we headed back to the European market... along with the rest of Edinburgh!

Getting something warm to drink!

I had such a great time! If you can't make it to Germany for the Christmas markets, and you live in the UK, I'd definitely recommend going to Edinburgh!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AWA Christmas Luncheon at the Ardoe House

Today we had our annual AWA Christmas luncheon at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa. What a lovely place! The dining room had floor to ceiling windows. The hotel entrance was so inviting with its crackling fires, the plush, tartan furniture, wooden decor, and carpets decorated with thistles and stags. The food was really good. We had 3 courses that included rosemary and parsnip soup, chicken stuffed with skirlie and wrapped in bacon, and cheesecake with chocolate ice cream for desert.

 Here is the ornament I got in the gift exchange! Isn't he cute?