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Severe Weather Warning !!!

December 8th, 2011 · edinburgh

When I woke up today my 14 year old daughter said that there was no point in her going to school because her friends had posted on “Facebook” that the schools would be closing. I thought it must be rubbish so told her to get dressed and then dropped her off at school to then make my way to the office.

Oops! When I got here I put the radio on to find that – yes – the schools are closing early and perhaps even the buses will be stopped later because of the severe weather. I really thought it must be an exaggeration because even although it was a bit chilly the sky was blue.

However, suddenly about ten minutes ago the sky went grey and the heavens opened up to the biggest hailstones I have seen in years!

So it would appear I owe my daughter an apology :-( Sorry!

Hopefully the weather will clear up before our guests arrive this weekend to start enjoying their Christmas party weekends.

To check the weather updates in the city I always look on the Forth One website, it is always up  to date with school and bus closures. So I will be keeping an eye on it today, doesn’t it just show the power of Facebook?

http://www.forthone.com/news/Weather-Watch/

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Boost your immune system

December 5th, 2011 · edinburgh

Now that the winter weather has changed many of us are catching colds and coughs.  Here at Edinburgh Festival Apartments we really cant be off work at this time of year because we have so many visitors coming for just a couple of nights.

To keep us all tip top I have been looking at ways to boost your immune system without spending a small fortune on vitamins.

1. Put some color on your plate.

Eat nine to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

2. Salt Bath reviver.

Put a small tub of Epsom salts in a hot bath and it will release all your toxins, you will have an amazing sleep and wake up refreshed.

3. Discover the wonders of working out.
Get moving for 30 minutes a day, even a brisk walk will do.

4. Sleep

Get your 8 hours a night – at least !

5. Up your emotional quotient.

Pay attention to your psychological health, if you feel down, do something to make “you” feel better!

6. Listen to your body and learn your family history.

Study your family tree to target your disease prevention.

7. Wet your whistle.

Drink eight to 10 8-ounce glasses of water and one cup of tea a day.

8. Remember, variety is the spice of life.

Eat a wide variety of foods, chilli is great for the immune system.

9. Be a fat detective.

Eat the good fats, not the bad. Avocado is a good fat and is yummy with beetroot and rocket leaves for a nice winter salad with warm crusty bread.

10. Exercise kitchen care.

Keep everything clean and free from germs.

11. Hold hands with a friend.

Be social, stay connected, have fun, make time for a giggle with your friends.

12. Celebrate your sensual side.

Have great sex and lots of it !

13. Discover the dynamic D

Take 400 IU of vitamin D a day.

14. Seek out serenity.

Practice stress reduction techniques.

15. Turn on the magic of touch.

Get a massage, or take time out and give each other a massage to stay connected.

16. Tap the poet within.

Keep a journal or write some funky poems about the day.

17. Embrace cleanliness.

Brush up on good hygiene, make yourself feel wonderful and fresh.

18. Practice an ounce of prevention.

Get appropriate vaccinations and make doctor and dentist appointments.

19. Send those sneezes packing.

Protect yourself against allergies.

20. Treat yourself to the miracle herbs.

Try herbs to heal and protect your body.

I am going to try out as many of these tips as possible over the next month so I feel tip top for Christmas Day :-)

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Santa is in town!

December 2nd, 2011 · edinburgh

This weekend sees the start of Edinburgh’s Christmas Fair where you can take the children to see Santa in Princes Street Gardens.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without going to see Santa!

This year Santa will be visiting from Saturday 3 December onwards to meet his friends and collect the post from his special post boxes in the Highland Village Christmas Market  by the ice rink.

03 December 2011 to 24 December 2011 – East Princes Street Gardens, by the Scott Monument

  • East Princes Street Gardens
    Saturday 3 December – Saturday 24 December
    First visits Sat 3 Dec: 4pm & Sun 4 Dec: 11am and 4pm
    Daily from Sat 10 Dec: 11am and 4pm
    Storytelling in the National Gallery Complex, after Santa picks up his post
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St Andrew’s Day

November 30th, 2011 · edinburgh

St Andrew’s Day is a feast day held in honour of Scotland’s patron saint. Celebrations take place around the country on the 30 November and Edinburgh and the Lothians offers a fantastic range of events each year.

Celebrate Scotland’s National Day in the capital and join proud Scots who come together to enjoy the festivities.

Historic Scotland runs a Visit For Free event each year which offers free entry at several attractions with highlights in the past including Edinburgh Castle, one of the most visited castles in the country. Sitting proudly atop an extinct volcano, the castle is visible for miles around, a defining icon of the city. Visit to discover the beautiful chapel, Scotland’s glittering crown jewels, Scotland’s National War Memorial and panoramic views across Edinburgh.

Ceilidhs often take place on St Andrew’s Day as well meaning you can try some traditional Scottish country dancing. Whirl around the floor to lively tunes played by a local band. Whether you already know the steps or you are looking to learn, there is usually a ceilidh caller on hand to talk you through the dances.

East Lothian celebrates its role as birthplace of the Saltire in an annual festival of music, culture and heritage. Witness a re-enactment of the Saltire’s horseback journey from Athelstaneford to St Mary’s Kirk, sample the delights of the Haddington Farmers’ Market and enjoy a collaboration of Scottish music and literature.

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The Party Season Looms

November 24th, 2011 · edinburgh

Its obvious that the party season is upon us now, there’s fairy lights and tinsel popping up everywhere! We have a whole range of party goers staying with us this weekend who are taking part in  a whole range of activities.

We have a some lovely ladies taking part in  a chocolate making workshop followed by a scrumptious two course  lazy lunch. When the ladies are ready to leave they will be presented with their very own hand made chocolates which they can enjoy later that evening perhaps watching X factor ?

Here at Festival Apartments we are all routing for “Mischa B” – come on, she is so professional already!

We also have a group of young ladies who are off to learn how to do some sexy burlesque dancing, feather boa’s to the ready – 00h la la !

And another group of classy chicks who are heading to our “cocktail masterclass” to learn how to make some classic martinis before heading off to enjoy a three course Italian feast – Mama Mia !

The “gentlemen” who are visiting this week have all opted for our fantastic VIP pass which allows them access to a huge range of bars and clubs, no doubt they will enjoy some sight seeing or museums before partaking in a wee beverage or two.

We hope all our guests have an amazing weekend and enjoy the friendly atmosphere already happening in the Festival City, I believe The Dome already has their amazing Christmas decorations up, I love that amazing Christmas tree and the smell of cinnamon is warming. It really is a must visit place at this time of year, even just for one!

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The Sky is Blue

November 22nd, 2011 · edinburgh

The sun is shinning in Edinburgh today which makes for a happy team and happy holiday makers.

I love this time of year when the sky is bright blue and the leaves have fallen of the trees, there is nothing more refreshing than running through crunchy leaves in the park.

We are so lucky in this beautiful city centre to have so many fabulous parks, all of our apartments are within a short walk to beautiful parks which are such a lovely  way to spend the day.

Lothian is 2 minutes from the spectacular Princes Street Gardens with the majestic Edinburgh Castle towering above which makes for an amazing picnic scene no mater what the weather and you are only seconds from the shops.

George IV Residence is an easy walk over to “The Meadows” which host many impromptu games of cricket, rugby & friendly football games for the many students who live in the area.

We go to the Meadows almost every Friday or Saturday, when there is a visiting cheese van which comes directly from France every week. The van is called Cheasee Peasee and sells great French cheese at much cheaper prices than our supermarkets and at a far higher standard of quality too!

They also stock yummy “macaroons” from France which are set to be the next foodie craze to over take cupcakes.

Macaroons are exceptionally different things to the Scottish and to the French.  Whilst we associate the name with coconut-covered bars that have been known to be made with potato, the French macaron could not be more different.  The French macaron is a delicate, almond-flavoured, Italian meringue shell, filled with varying flavours of soft centre and presented in an array of pastel colours.

According to renowned French chef Raymond Blanc, it can take patisserie chefs up to ten years to perfect their technique for making flawless macaroons. They are particularly nice, sweet, colourful and light but I am afraid to say one is just not enough!

Our Townhouse is a pleasant walk down to the Royal Botanic Gardens which is well worth a visit at anytime of year, as is the coffee shop with glorious home baking.

So enjoy this amazing sunny day in Edinburgh and which ever park you decide to walk through  ;-)

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Preparation for winter

November 18th, 2011 · edinburgh

As the festive season looms we are taking some time out this weekend to prepare our apartments for all our visitors coming from every corner of the globe over Christmas and New Year.

Next week we have a group of Americans coming to celebrate Thanksgiving with with their Scottish relatives.  Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and has been celebrated in the US since 1863.

Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. So we imagine our American guests will be enjoying some traditional Thanksgiving food along with perhaps a wee dram of whiskey and some scrumptious Haggis.

Whilst our guests are having a great time enjoying their Thanksgiving celebration we will be busy at our other apartments updating the decor, new carpets and refreshing all the paintwork so that when everyone starts arriving for Christmas everything will be nice and fresh for their celebrations at Hogmanay

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Fiddle November !

November 15th, 2011 · edinburgh

Here at Edinburgh Apartments we constantly have an unusual  stream of guests from every walk of life.

This weekend we have our first ever booking for  a group of Fiddlers who are attending the

“The Scots Fiddle Festival” promoting traditional Scottish music with performance and participation. There is a jam packed weekend of concerts, workshops, recitals, exhibitions and a couple of ceilidhs in the mix just to tire you out even more, it looks like our guests will be enjoying a wonderful, music filled weekend.

I am sure our guests will have great fun and continue the fun into the night when the return to the apartment where they can all socialise in the spacious lounge area of the West End Townhouse.

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57 Sleeps until christmas but only 6 Hours until the weekend at Edinburgh Festival Apartments

October 28th, 2011 · edinburgh

The sun has got his hat on, Hip Hip Hip Hip Hooray. The sun has got his hat on and he’s coming out to play :) .

Everybody loves the summer sun but i am grateful for the winter sun. The darker nights  have arrived but it looks like the sun is making up for it. Hardly a cloud in the sky and everyone is smiling. It’s probably because it’s Friday and for most people that means then end to a working week.  For us it means the end to a working week and the start of our Hens and Stags nights out. :) :) .

Gosia says bye bye to Edinburgh Festival apartments and hello to home, as she goes back to Poland for the Christmas holidays. She will be sadly missed but it’s only for Christmas eh….?

But our Hens and stags say Hello to Edinburgh either for the first time or re-visiting. Our hens will be busy with Burlesque lessons,Cocktail lessons, a 3 course meal and VIP Club packs . I think it’s safe to say they will have an excellent weekend. Our stags on the other hand haven’t booked any activities but i am sure they will be hitting the Strip clubs and the bars pretty heavily this weekend.  :p

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Something unpredictable but in the end it’s right at Festival Apartments Edinburgh

October 27th, 2011 · edinburgh

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right, I hope you had the time of your life. That’s our moto at Edinburgh Festival Apartments and Hen Edinburgh.

If it’s a last minute booking we are always happy to help. Most hen parties are pretty organised but once in a while you get the odd party that want a package 1 or 2 weeks before arrival. We are happy to help :)

This weekend we have a lovely party joining us from Yorkshire. They are staying at our Westmaintland Street apartment.

This apartment has 7 bathrooms and 7 bedrooms + a built in bar in the living area. Who wouldn’t want this apartment??  Most hen parties want to know how many bathrooms each apartment has. As you can imagine the loos are a major selling point. Some apartments are bigger than others but Westmaintland street Edinburgh is the biggest as it sleeps 22 people. In this Georgian apartment it is situated over 2 floors. You have a massive living area with lots of seats for all. Another great thing about this apartment is it is big enough to fit a portable pole. If you book the pole dancing lessons – they can come to you :) :) . This apartment is located in Haymarket, it’s seconds up the road from the train station and just a 5 – 10 minute walk to Princess street. Considering how the apartment is located in the city centre you would think that noise would be an issue. Well, i shall have you know it is not. Outside is a one way system so the traffic noise is limited especially at night.

Who loves a curry?? Well this apartment lives around the corner from a great curry. This curry house is just one of the places in which we have a fabby partnership with. A bargain might i add. A 3 course meal for £20pp. Who could refuse booking a 3 course meal for 20 quid, You’d be flabbers not to jump at it.

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