Sunday, 5 January 2014

Hogmanay Holiday




I hope that everyone’s settling nicely into the New Year, I know that I certainly am. This might have a little something to do with the amazing New Year’s celebrations that I took part in earlier in the week. I was lucky enough to get to go to Edinburgh for the big event with my boyfriend’s family - in case you didn’t know, the New Year is a very big deal in Scotland and they refer to it as ‘Hogmanay’. I got some lovely snaps of the few days that we spent away, and they were just too good not to share.



We traveled to Edinburgh early on the morning of 30th. This in itself was a bit of an adventure, as it was Phil’s little nephew Sam’s first trip on a train. We were also joined on the train by Phil’s parents and sister, and met his Auntie and cousin once we got there. The hotel that we stayed at was called the Carlton, and it looked absolutely beautiful with all of the Christmas decorations up. Even though it was only lunchtime when we turned up, we didn’t do a great deal during the day other than wander around a few of the shops. We did go for a lovely meal in the evening though, at Garfunkel’s.





Sam was quite the wriggly worm, but he was happy so long as he had somebody to play on the Kindle with him! The second day was New Year's Eve and it brought us lots of shopping (but not before a lovely buffet breakfast!). Although I didn't buy that much, I was on a mission to buy a dress for the evening so it was pretty stressful. Luckily I did find one on sale in House of Fraser, but the power-shopping had taken a lot of mine and Phil's energy. Luckily once that was done we were free to have a leisurely wander through the city which is absolutely beautiful! We stopped for lunch at Prezzo which I think may now be one of my favourite places to eat. We weren't planning on having a big lunch, but it was quite late and we were far too tempted by the winter menu! In fact, we ended up having a bottle of wine between the two of us with our main course and a pudding! I had the duck leg with lots of veg which I thoroughly enjoyed! The atmosphere was so modern and chilled, so I actually ended up going the following evening, too - but more about that later!





It was already dark by the time we finished our lunch, so there was no time to waste before I started getting ready. I loved my dress and makeup, but my hair didn't quite turn out as planned - Sam said that it looked nice, though, so I must have done something right! Phil's brother-in-law had joined us by this point, and all nine of us met in the hotel bar for drinks. Next we popped to Pizza Express for a late meal (which once again was delicious!), and headed down the road to the bridge as soon as we were finished. Phil's auntie and cousin had headed off to the street party, but we stood on the bridge for the countdown which gave us a fabulous view of two sets of fireworks. The atmosphere was incredible and so difficult to capture, but I did take a few video clips. Everyone was cheering and shaking one another's hands. I have to say that I got a little emotional when I heard groups of people singing Auld Lang Syne! We headed back to the hotel for another drink, but there were people dancing out on the streets for another few hours.





New Year's Day was a bit of a quiet one as most of the shops were closed. Phil and I still managed to go out for a bit of a walk before he had to get ready to go to the pub to watch the football. Instead I stayed with his mum, sister, auntie, cousin and of course Sam to head off to Prezzo for dinner. Once again I had a thoroughly indulgent meal, but opted for a salad this time. Of course we headed to the hotel bar again afterwards to meet the boys and have another cheeky bit of wine. It was a really lovely way to round off the trip, and I think that everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would definitely recommend Edinburgh for a short trip away if you're in the UK. If you'd like to read a little bit more about Edinburgh I did a short post on my weekend there last year here.

What did you do to celebrate New Year?

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