To Edinburgh and Back

What a very tiring week this has been.  I went up to Edinburgh very early on Tuesday morning for 2 days hard work and 2 nights.  After a very busy day in the office I joined some of my colleagues  for a drink in a bar at Le Monde Hotel.  The hotel has recently been voted 8th trendiest in the UK.  Get me! I didn’t stay there by the way – just drank there.  Having looked it up on the website though it looks like an interesting place to stay.

After a fun and relatively sober evening I wandered back to my hotel.  The Christmas lights are up in Edinburgh and many of them are beautiful.  This building was my favourite and is one of the best decorated buildings I have seen for a long time.  My photos do not do it justice as I am having to use my phone but it gives you an idea.  This building is very large too which is hard to tell from my picture.  Absolutely stunning!beautiful Christmas decsThis close up shot gives you an idea of the impressive scale of this building.

lovely decs close upOn Wednesday morning I woke up early, enjoyed 2 eggs on toast for breakfast and set off for a walk around Edinburgh.  I did not need to be at my event until 9:30 so I walked around for about 90 minutes, admiring the magnificent and very grand buildings in Edinburgh.  There are so many of them to admire!

The Balmoral, Edinburgh There are also a great many pubs and bars.  I would like to visit this one day as it was very beautifully decorated.peeking inside a bar This pretty building is the offices of a bank.RBS buildingI came to an area I had not been to before which was away from the main shopping street with its standard High Street shops.  This area had more luxury and high end goods.  These pretty trees were next to Harvey Nichols.pretty tree lights In the distance, down the hill, you could see the Firth of Forth, the Estuary of the River Forth which Edinburgh looks out over.Firth of Forth in background This is the building I stayed in for a very enjoyable weekend many years ago!Queen StreetEdinburgh is built on a hill and has wide streets flanked by grand buildings and then small cobbled quaint streets like this one.
Cobbled Edinburgh StreetI enjoyed the different styles of the streets and the buildings.
Thistle Street Bar This building was tall and very thin.fire escapes A short walk away was this very grand building.  I highly recommend Edinburgh for a visit.  It is quite small as cities go and interesting and easy to walk around.  I wanted to keep walking but I had to get in to work.Royal Society of Edinburgh We had an enjoyable day and a very enjoyable evening.  A bit too enjoyable really.  We were only a 10 minute walk away from my hotel and it was so relaxing being able to sit and chat to my colleagues without worrying about train times that I was out much later than normal on a school night.  Hey ho!candleabra with dripped wax I had a great trip to Edinburgh.  I work with some lovely people and it was so good to have an opportunity to catch up with them socially.  It was also good to touch down at Gatwick and get home too.BA flight

What about the food you may be asking?  Well I know, this is a food blog and a blog about my efforts to eat healthily and lose weight.  I did eat some healthy food but no where near enough fresh fruits and veggies.  Probably more fresh and raw food than the average Brit’ manages but I also consumed too many drinks and chips.

Mainly I wanted a break for a few days from recording everything and thinking about it.  I didn’t have anything with sugar in it so I have remained true to my sugar free principles.  That would be one of the few principles I have stuck to though!  Tomorrow is another day and it will be a day with a HUGE focus on raw and healthy.  Watch this space.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to To Edinburgh and Back

  1. laura1952 says:

    Magnificent. Hey, we all need a break from accountability and when we don’t compromise what is important to us, then it is a well deserved break. Thumbs up for NO sugar.

  2. I was very pleased I didn’t have any sugar. Except in the beer and whisky I consumed! Going to be ultra healthy today to help make up for it 🙂

  3. suzjones says:

    Just so beautiful. I visited Edinburgh through your eyes and lens. Thank you. 🙂

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