Saturday, November 3, 2018

Fall in the UK - Part I

The first week of my trip in London was spent working on/at our annual festival, mostly, so not too many photos to share from that, well that you might find interesting. The best part of the week was seeing my friends/co-workers and catching up over rounds of delicious cocktails at Nine Lives (if you are in London, don't miss it). 
Brian flew in on Friday to help with the festival, and to see what takes me to London each fall. On our last day of the festival, a small group of us took advantage of a break and had a delicious high tea at the InterContinental London - O2. We had teas, finger sandwiches, and so many tiny pastries and cakes - just enough sugar and energy to power us through the clean up after the festival was over.
On Monday Brian and I took a train up to Edinburgh, Scotland for a few days of vacation before heading back home. The upstairs of our Airbnb was too cute. The stone cottage, formerly a coopers quarters and workshop, sat beside a big park and next to one of The University of Edinburgh's libraries. It was a great location to walk to most anywhere from. 
After we got settled in at our Airbnb, we walked back to the center of town to pick up a walking tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults with Mercat Tours. While the tour didn't really lend itself to photos (lots of grey slabs of stone), we learned about the city of Edinburgh and the history of the fascinating set of underground caverns built in the 18th century beneath the South Bridge. 
After the tour, we headed to Devil's Advocate for a delicious dinner. I started off with this yummy cocktail - Cycling in the French Riviera - Star of Bombay gin, Suze, Cocchi Americano, yellow chartreuse, and cucumber bitters - so good!
After a week of mostly grab and go meals, I needed some veggies so I ordered the roasted cauliflower with tahini, sumac, pomegranate and toasted seeds. It was very good but there was so much of it - and I needed room for the truffle parmesan chips I ordered as well. It was pretty cold outside (40's F) so we bundled up and headed back to our cottage for some much needed and deserved sleep. Had to rest up for a very packed couple of days, more on that tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by!

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