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Blossoming Meadows

Cherry Blossom Meadows Edinburgh

Spring has definitely come to Edinburgh. On Friday I heard that the cherry blossom had arrived in the Meadows so I made plans to take a walk to the park on Saturday with camera in hand.

We walked to the Meadows via Bruntsfield, with a scrummy stop off at Cafe Grande for a late breakfast. I had a bacon breakfast roll and Jon went for poached eggs on toast, gobbled down with a cup of tea and a cappuccino.

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So many pink trees.

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And some more.

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I recommend a trip to the Meadows for plenty of cherry blossom photo opportunities. Just get there early if it's a sunny day - before the barbecuers descend (or you could join them).

Happy Spring!

S. xo

Our Wedding Album

Artifact Uprising Layflat Wedding Album

After almost a year since our wedding day we finally got around to getting a wedding album. We wanted to get something special and chose to go with the layflat album from Artifact Uprising. It was pricey but the quality is excellent, and we bought it together for our one year 'paper' anniversary.

We picked out our most favourite photos of them all and chose at most one photo per page (with some photos filling a two page spread). I am so pleased with how it came out.

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I've just ordered another album that I'm currently waiting on, a small soft cover album of our honeymoon. Next step is to get at least one framed print from our wedding in our home. Hopefully it won't take me another year to do.

S. xo

Where We Stayed in Barcelona

During our five day trip to Barcelona we stayed four nights in two wonderful hotels. Since it was a special trip for us (our first wedding anniversary), we wanted to stay somewhere memorable.

Staying in two hotels was partly due to the fact that there wasn't availability in one of the hotels the whole time we were in Barcelona, so we thought we'd make the most of it and discover two areas of the city. We've also done this before to see the 'tourist' areas but also see the more local side of a city.

Three nights were spent in the delicious Hotel Praktik Bakery. The hotel is a bakery hotel (a hotel and bakery combined), that had me hooked as soon as I stumbled on it on TripAdvisor. It was an obvious choice to stay here, a unique concept and the bedrooms were beautiful and simple. The location (L'Eixample) was ideal for us to visit the Gaudi sights as well as all the other spots in the centre of the city.

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I loved waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread, the sunshine pouring through the window and eating freshly made croissants in bed.

Hotel Praktik Bakery Barcelona

Hotel Brummell was our final destination for the last night of our trip, and we thought we'd end it on a high and stay on the top floor. I was attracted to this hotel because it was highly rated, has cool interior design and looked like a nice local area (El Poble-sec). There are lots of walks and parks in the area, as well as tasty restaurants and bars. It's right near the port cable car and the Montjuïc castle is up the hill.

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I loved sitting on the terrace overlooking the city, having a bath outdoors during siesta and travelling the quickest way from the beach to the hotel via cable car.

Hotel Brummell Barcelona

Gràcies for these moments. :)

S. xo

5 Days in Barcelona

Arc de Triomf Barcelona

Barcelona or Iceland were our two choices for where we would spend our first wedding anniversary. The sunshine won in the end and we spent five wonderful days in sunny Barcelona.

In High School I did a project in Art class where I chose to focus on architecture. That's where I remember discovering Antoni Gaudí, and his wonderfully distinctive style. I saw pictures of the colouful Park Guell and many of the buildings scattered around Barcelona, and I was inspired. Fast forward twelve years later and there I am - stood beneath the Sagrada Familia in awe.

Jon & I spent our anniversary wandering the streets of Barcelona, eating ice-cream in the Ciutadella Park, watching surfers at the beach, and going out for a romantic dinner in a Gaudi built restaurant.

Our five day trip went something like this:

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And in words, some of things we got up to between siestas and sangrias:

  1. Park Guell / Sagrada Familia / Dinner: Pizzeria Eden

  2. Casa Battlo / La Rambla / Mercado de La Boqueria / Gothic Quarter (Catedral de Barcelona) / El Born (Picasso Museum) / Flamenco show / Dinner: Bodega Biarritz 1881

  3. Arc de Triomf / Parc de la Ciutadella / Barceloneta Beach / Dinner: Casa Calvet

  4. Poble Sec / Castell de Montjuic (via Funicular) / Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya / Magic Fountain / Dinner: Taps

  5. El Born / Bakery: Dolceria De La Colmena / Port Cable Car

It was everything I dreamed of and more.

S. xo


J&S in Mallorca

We spent 5 days exploring the beautiful and diverse island of Mallorca. I'm not sure why we had never though of visiting Mallorca before, but I am so glad we did. We stayed with my family at the dreamy Finca Can Grenat, and hired a car with Hiper Rent a Car.

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Here are my highlights of our trip (besides relaxing by the pool and barbecues at the villa) in chronological order, with a bunch of photos too:

Port de Pollença - A lovely drive along the coast from Alcudia beach alongside cyclists, windsurfers and kitesurfers.

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Mirador Es Colomer - Spectacular views of the coast and the Tramuntana mountains, with dramatic cliffs and the ocean that stretches out as far as the eye can see. There is a car park which can get very busy but quick turnaround of cars means you shouldn't need to wait long for a space. There is a small cafe too.

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Playa de Formentor - A gorgeous narrow beach with mountain views and a backdrop of pine trees. Clear waters and a great spot for a dip in the sea to break up the drive on the way to Cap Formentor. We visited in the evening and it was pretty quiet. There are sun loungers you can hire or free gaps to set yourself up on the beach.

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Cap Formentor - Watching the sunset here at the northernmost tip of Mallorca is incredible. There is parking at the lighthouse but people ended up just parking in the road as it filled up. The drive is quite thrilling too and part of the experience - watch out for goats!

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Cuevas del Drach - There are lots of caves in Mallorca and we visited the well known "Dragon Caves" on the East of the island. The caves are extensive and the walk ends at a large underground lake with a small classical concert. Just be sure to hold back when entering to avoid the crowds (it gets super busy).

Cuevas del Drach

S'Amarador - This gorgeous unspoilt white sand beach is tucked away in the wild Mondrago Natural Park. There are lots of walks you can take from here and there is a beach shack selling food and amazing fresh cocktails (the mojito was excellent). There is paid parking and you should avoid using google maps to get here (you reach a road sign that says 'GPS IS WRONG' and need to turn back) - instead follow the clear brown signs for S'Amarador.

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Cala d'Or - This resort is near to Mondrago park and we stopped at the marina here for dinner. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from, and a nice place to wander around the big yachts. We ate at Aquarius looking out on to the marina. The food was good and prices decent, but the service wasn't the best.

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Valldemossa - A wonderfully picturesque village in the mountains. We wandered amongst the cobbled streets filled with plants and bunting, taking lots of photographs as every street was so photo-worthy. This was a definite highlight of the trip for me. Lots of great places for lunch and ice-cream here too.

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Deià - This village is just a 10 minute drive away from Valldemossa. There are fantastic mountain backdrops as you look across to the village, with more cobbled streets and pretty bunting in the centre.

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Palma - Our last stop visit was in to the capital city. We didn't spend long here but had a nice wander around the impressive cathedral and ended the day with delicious ice-creams.

Palma Cathedral

S. xo