Sunday, 22 February 2015

Cats and Childhood Reminiscing in the Capital

Every year I like to go to Edinburgh for my annual visit to the Capital.
This year I went on February 20th for an overnight stay in The Carlton Hotel after booking a Groupon deal for the City Center hotel. The four-star hotel has a great location, close to the famous Royal Mile, Waverely Station and Princess Street. When me and my sister arrived in the bonny capital we got a bus from Princess Street to Stockbridge as we were heading for Scotland's first cat cafe.The 29 bus takes you from the stop outside Waverley Station and the cat cafe is only three stops away at Hamilton Place. Maison de moggy is the first cafe of its kind in Scotland inspired by cat cafe's in Japan. To go to the cafe you have to pre-book a slot on their website then print off the confirmation e-mail, price is around £6.00. Once there you can have cake and coffee with a side of cats.
White Cat inside Maison de Moggy

You can pet them and watch them play with one another. After we checked into the hotel, we headed out to the shops on Princess Street and took a walk up to The Castle. When in Edinburgh, a visit to The Castle is a must. It sits proudly at the top of The historic and quirky Royal Mile which starts near The Scottish Parliament building then finishing at Edinburgh Castle.
On the Saturday after we checked out our hotel we made our way to The Museum of Childhood on The Royal Mile. This is a little gem as it looks small on the outside but once inside it has floors and sections full of toys and memorabilia from the last few centuries. It offers free admission, has a gift shop in the entrance and has lots of child friendly cafĂ©’s near it.
Some childhood memorabilia from the 20th Century