sunday strolling

I love where I live.

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It's very easy to get into a routine after you've been living somewhere for a while. You forget to pay attention to the things that made you want to move there in the first place, like the cobbled streets, the grandeur of the buildings and all the fascinating monuments and beautiful views, that make Edinburgh such an incredible place to live.

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Sometimes it's nice to play tourist in your own town.

On Sunday, Julia and I met up and did just that. We took our cameras out to play and went for a little explore. It was a little bit of a soggy, grey Sunday, but nothing will blow away the remnants of a hangover like a nice dose of fresh air! We started with a little wander around Stockbridge market, which is pretty much a foodie's dream.

There was a beautifully smelling paella stall...

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There's stalls bursting full of local, organic, middle class type products, like these mouth watering pies and the paté, ooh we tried the paté and it was damn good.

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Handmade soaps... Not edible, but they smelled divine.

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Sadly we made the rookie mistake of not coming on an empty stomach, so I didn't get to try Mummy's Chicken. Next time though, I'll come prepared and hungry!

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I have a confession to make. As much as I try, I still don't like olives. Even after sampling some of these, which I was assured by Julia were really good olives, I just don't think they're for me.

I guess I'll never be a pro martini drinker.

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My favourite stall was this one, especially for our furry little poochy friends. Full of all kind of interesting puppy snacks that are healthy for them too, and clearly irresistible.

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This little guy was getting very excited about the doggy donuts. And he was just the perfect height for the table! TOO CUTE.

After our little market amble we popped into Peter's Yard for a coffee and then went for a walk along the water of Leith.

There was a coffee stall at the market, but we quickly decided that Peter's Yard coffee was too good to pass up on, and that it must be full of some kind of 'scandi crack.' Really, it's bloody good. I may have a terrible starbucks habit through the week, but Sundays are for Peter's Yard's ridiculously creamy cappucinos. I don't know how they do it.

Oh no I do, it's the scandi crack.

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Told you we got a coffee.

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It's so nice and peaceful down by the river, so we just wandered along, chatting about our weeks and stopping to take pictures.

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Julia was smarter than I was and wore some sturdy and well loved Hunters, and yet still managed to look chic in her Zara camel coat.

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Well. She was all chic and composed until she started breaking and entering and busting through fences...

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We kept walking and walking, discussing how nice it would be to live right by the river, and have a little balcony for barbecues and sunbathing in the summer, and all of a sudden we ended up here:

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I'm wearing a Topshop coat, Topshop Jamie jeans which OH MY GOD are as good as everyone says, little burgundy Supergas which were not as suitable for traversing muddy pathways as Julia's Hunters, and a distracted expression because I was busy watching this awesome dog going for a dip.

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He was a Golden Doodle. He was enthusiastically and relentlessly retrieving the ball from the river.

I want one.

After we'd had our fill of doggy watching we headed up to the gallery.

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As much as I love galleries, oftentimes I'm left a little stumped by modern art. See Dublin. I mean I like that it's challenging and it makes you think, but a lot of the time I just do not get it.

The current exhibit on at the National Gallery however, is different.

They're showing Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets and it's fantastic. You really get a sense of who she was as a person, which I think was aided by the fact that a lot of the descriptions of the works featured quite a lot of text from Bourgeois herself, so there was little ambiguity about what each piece 'meant' or was inspired by.

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There was lots about human anxieties and emotions, sexuality and gender issues (which if you've read my last post you'll know is right up my street!), mothering and nurturing. Although a lot of it on first glance looked mental, after a little reading and some contemplation it all started to make (some) sense.

We left wanting to know more not just about Louise Bourgeois and her art, but who she was as a person too.

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After we'd had our fill of art for the day, we strolled back home for some cake and some tea. It was the perfect Sunday!

Can't wait for the next one!


  1. Oh man, these are beautiful photos. Edinburgh is definitely high on my list of places to see. May have to meet with you for tea if I'm ever there!!! And loving your green coat. It's a fun, unique color!

  2. This does look like the perfect Sunday, I love playing tourist in places I know, I think it means you see things differently and actually find places you never would have otherwise. Beautiful photos.