Prague Travel Diary

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Prague. The Czech Republic's beautiful capital. It's always been on my radar, however, it was never really near the top of my list. But when Becky and I were looking for somewhere to visit, the flights were cheap and conveniently timed. And so I found myself jetting off for two-day mini break. I went to Prague knowing two things: beautiful architecture and cheap booze. We picked a hotel and booked the trip. Becky arrived about 2 hours before me so she was waiting at the hotel by the time I arrived. 

My plane landed at around 5pm and then I got the airport express bus to the city centre. This was really easy, I bought a ticket from the information desk inside the arrivals department. It's 44 CZK if you busy inside the airport or 60 CZK if you buy it from the bus driver. They give change. From there, it took about half an hour to drive to Prague's large train station. This location was perfect for me, as it was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel, the EA Hotel Julis.


Flinder's Lane, Stamford

Sunday, 15 July 2018
Before I get around to reviewing Edinburgh restaurants, I just wanted to write a quick review of one of my favourite restaurants in Stamford. Flinder's Lane is an Australian restaurant and bar located on Summer Street in the downtown Stamford area. I've visited the restaurant twice, once with some friends to celebrate a birthday and a second time on a work trip. The photos/food from this review is from the initial visit. We headed down after work one weeknight and bagged a table outside. Everything that we ordered was from their happy hour menu which has cocktails at $6 and snacks at $5 each. We ordered a lot of snacks to share instead of having a main meal each. Almost like tapas! 

Starting off with some drinks, what is better for a summer's evening than an Aperol Spritz? If that doesn't entice you, how about a Lillet Rose? With Lillet rose, Ford's gin and grapefruit, it's the perfect summer cocktail. They have a fantastic cocktail menu and at $6 each, they are a real bargain during happy hour. 


June Edit

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Man, what a month.

It's odd to think that I spent half of this month in the US as now that I'm home, I can't even comprehend being there. Definitely a chapter on my life that I'm more than happy to shut the lid on. And... it feels so good to be back in Scotland.

I started the month with a short trip to Canda. I was there only for a weekend as I wanted to attend a family birthday party. Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos apart from photos of me and my family which for obvious reasons I won't be sharing on the blog. However, I had the best weekend and it came at the perfect time for a break, motivating me to get through the rest of my time in the US. 


This month I've been catching up on Brooklyn Nine-nine. I love it so much. I didn't think I would like it because, to be honest, I don't usually find US sitcoms funny. That being said, it's had me laughing out loud on several occasions and it deals with some important issues too.

And of course, the show that everyone's been talking about LOVE ISLAND. I have no shame when it comes to Love Island, I love watching it. It's just such dead head tv and whilst I have a quiet summer it's something to look forward to. This year I'm really rooting for Dani and Jack, Alex and Georgia. Who are your favourites?

The only movie I've seen this month was Ocean's 8. Which was FANTASTIC. Such a feel good, girl power movie. If you haven't seen it yet, do so ASAP.


June Reading Wrap Up

Wednesday, 4 July 2018
June was a month that totally flew by and with my return to Scotland, I've been a bit easy on the books without my lovely Stamford library. I read 6 books this month. Everything was either a 3 star or a 4 star read for me. Nothing terrible but nothing that totally blew me away either. That being said, I generally try to read outwith my comfort zone so it should be no surprise that I'll come across books that aren't quite my style. I also recently published my list of books that I want to read this summer and as always add me as a friend on GoodReads if you use it!

The Children by Ann Leary
This book follows our narrating character who is a famous Connecticut mommy blogger. The secret? She doesn't actually have any children. Charlotte lives at home with her mother in a house that was left to them by her stepfather. This book follows the characters over a summer when romance blooms in the family and an inheritance feud begins. I was attracted to this book because it involves a blogger and it was also set in Connecticut. It was a fun little mystery but honestly, at the times it didn't really seem like the plotlines flowed together very well. Like it was 4 mini stories about a family that didn't fit into a big picture very well. I gave it 3/5 stars.


10 Books I Want To Read This Summer

Sunday, 1 July 2018
Summer is upon us and I am ready for a little rest and relaxation. Summer is using when I get the most of my reading done for the year so I've been taking the time to plan out my reading for the next few weeks. These are the books that I'm most excited about this summer, most of them are new releases that have got a lot of hype around them, so I'm hoping that they live up to expectations!

Almost Love by Louise O'Neil
I am a big fan of Louise O'Neil's books and I am very excited about the release of her first adult fiction book. In this book, we follow a character called Sarah who gets involved with a man who is 20 years older than her but does not treat her very well.  This book has gained a lot of attention because the characters are not particularly likeable but it explores a lot of serious issues. I really like when an author is not afraid to make their characters very realistic and human so I am very excited to see what this book brings.