Italian

Edinburgh in “One day”

This weekend me and one of my friends went to Edinburgh for a concert. Since we arrived late Friday night and left early Sunday morning we didn’t have much time on our hands for other activities. In other words; We had to plan our day well..

We skipped breakfast at our hotel and decided to find some local place to get ourselves a decent meal at. We chose a full Scottish breakfast at a pub, which included the all famous delicacy of haggis. This was my first time trying it, or at least I think so. It actually just looks like any sausage, and it didn’t really taste as funny as I thought it would. You could have fooled any kid to eat it…

edin1Full Scottish breakfast with haggis, the sausage thingy on the left side…

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Since both me and my friend loves castles and history we went up to the Edinburgh Castle, which  is the most famous landmark in the city and a must to see! You also get a lovely view of the city from up there. I’ve already been in Edinburgh twice earlier, but I have never been inside the castle, so that was a first for me. It’s really recommended! For £16 you get to see a lot of history in one place, exhibitions, museums and the all famous crown jewels (Honours).

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After the visit to the castle we still had some time before the concert. Since we both also love the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling we went up to Greyfriars in Old Town to check out The Elephant House (pub) were she wrote much of her early work. We also visited Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is the inspiration to were Voldemort grave was placed. There’s actually a real Tom Riddell buried there. Harry Potter fans visits his grave every Halloween to honor the series.

edin6The Elephant House, were Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter books.

edin7The grave of Tom Riddell (Note, not “Tom Riddle”)

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For dinner we had Italian food at a lovely autenthic Italian restaurant. I had bruschetta for starters, then a lovely pasta meal with mussels, scampi and calamari (squid). After that it was all about the concert. The band playing was Busted, which was my favourite band as a young teen.. It’s quite nostalgic to finally be able to see them live, since it was a dream of the 13 year old me!

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edin13Yet another awesome Busted concert. Tempted to go for a triple next year!

As you can see it’s possible to have a copious experience even if you are short on time. Don’t think you always need a week or two to travel and experience…

London weekend: Holland Park and Il Sugo

After living and travelling to London for years, it’s still impossible to find the city boring. There’s so much to see, and I love finding “new” places to hang. This holiday weekend I visited Aleks for some shopping and chillin. And we even found some new treasures.

Holland Park

Usually I’ve been to Hyde Park or Green Park to enjoy the city nature, but this time we stopped at Holland Park on central line, which is next to Notting Hill. It has nothing to do with the country Holland (added to my knowledge), it’s named after a Lord called Holland.. The park is HUGE and has lots of nice places to see, like the Japanese Garden. We even got a new friend, a squirrel who notice we were some naive tourists. It stole our food!

I took some pictures from the park, which is simply lovely and recommended to visit if you want “a day off”. The area and street around Holland Park is also worth checking out, with loads of small cafés and bars.

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Il Sugo

If you like Italian food you’ll probably love this small Italian Restaurant between Camden and Mornington Crescent. We were lucky to have nice weather, so we could sit outside and enjoy the summer evening, with a bottle of wine and DELICIOUS food. We ordered a tripple tapas course (bruschetta, meatballs and mozarella/cheese), and two pizzas.

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Pictures from the restaurant’s website: http://www.ilsugo.co.uk.