28 November 2017

Harrogate and Knaresborough


We went to see the red kites in Harrogate last week; there’s not a show on or anything, they just seem to gather around the woods near the viaduct.  At one time we maybe saw 20 red kites flying high above us – they were so high up, you probably can’t tell what they are from the photos! Except for the first photograph, which was my best shot of the day.

Afterwards, we drove on to Knaresborough for tea, and got to see the viaduct lit up at night.


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24 November 2017

Ingleby Cross

Looking online for somewhere new to have dinner, we found The Joiners Shop in Ingleby Cross, North Yorkshire.  They had good reviews online, so we headed off to see for ourselves.  We had eggs benedict and poached eggs and avocado on toast which were both delicious.  When our tea was brought over, we were given an egg timer so that we knew how long to let our tea brew for, which I thought was a cute touch.

Afterwards, we drove across the main road to the car park at Mount Grace Priory, and followed a public footpath to reach the top of the hills.  By the time we got back, the sun was setting, turning the sky a lovely pink.


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21 November 2017

Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh


Another thing on my Edinburgh to-do list was Arthur’s Seat, which is an extinct volcano here in Edinburgh. At an elevation on 822ft, you can see for miles around once you’ve climbed to the top.

Having already checked out of our hotel on the morning and being without a car as we were catching the train, we ended up with the problem of having to carry our bags up the hill with us. (I say we, my boyfriend had to carry them!) Luckily they weren’t that heavy as the climb to the top gets quite tiring but I had the perfect excuse for a rest by stopping to take pictures of the amazing views.


We started the walk by passing Holyrood Palace and made our way up the hill; you could see the Balmoral and the castle quite clearly in the distance. There was a stream of people so you can’t get lost but at the plaque at the top of Arthur’s Seat it did get quite busy. After a strenuous climb, you are rewarded by amazing views of Edinburgh and across the water at Fife.


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17 November 2017

Edinburgh


We were staying at the Balmoral in Edinburgh, right next to the station, and we even got our room upgraded which was lovely! We had a great view from our room over the hills and what I believe to be Arthur’s Seat. Heading out on the evening we found a nice little restaurant for tea and got to see the castle and other monuments lit up in the dark.


One place I had wanted to visit from last time was the Royal Mile. It’s the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is almost exactly a mile long, hence the name. The Mile is full of little shops and caf├ęs and we stopped off for a milkshake, but for the main shopping area you want to head to Princes Street.


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