Belly Dance Taster Class with Elspeth left me hungry for MORE!

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I was checking out the Leith Festival’s programme and of course I went straight to the Dance section – never expecting to find a FREE belly dance taster class!!  I’ve been dying to try belly dancing for ages but most of the classes I’ve come across are taught in blocks.  I have a sporadic schedule … Read more…

Hidden Door Festival – a Peek into the World of Art, Music and Culture

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It seems like only yesterday that I was watching a video released by the organisers of the recurring Hidden Door Festival (first launched in 2010)  which led us up and down the streets of Edinburgh – eventually revealing the secret location for this year’s culture, art and music event – the Market Street Vaults.  I … Read more…

Budding Chefs – France and Scotland, the Auld ‘Gastronomic’ Alliance

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On Saturday I dragged my husband to an all day foodie event organised by Budding Chefs.  The inspiration for Budding Chefs, a culinary exchange programme, comes from Fred Berkmiller and the Institut Francais d’Ecosse; Berkmiller is a Frenchman living in Edinburgh running two successful restaurants, l’escargot bleu and l’escargot blanc.  The programme gives French chefs … Read more…

The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors, Presented by the University of Edinburgh

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An Impressive Display of Culture, Colour and Lights… ­29 January – 7 February 2014, 4pm – 9pm Quadrangle, Old College, South Bridge, EH8 9YL Entry is free A few weeks ago I watched a documentary about the Terracotta Warriors unearthed in the Xi’an province of China in 1974.  Could you imagine being a farmer, just … Read more…

Hogmanay – Discovering Scot:Lands

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The official Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations culminated in a wondrous free event that turned the Old Town into a giant living gameboard and all participants became ‘explorers’ – spinning a wheel to get a map to our next land of discovery where we would be rewarded with art and music representing a region of Scotland.  As … Read more…

Winter Walk: Water of Leith, Dean Village

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Strolling along the Water of Leith on a Sunny winter day – from Comely Bank to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.  Free Fun – free parking on Sunday, Free entry to museums and free to walk along the Water of Leith!! For 2013, the Christmas and New Year’s weather was pretty dismal – … Read more…

A Sneaky Peek through Open Doors in Edinburgh

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If you were wondering what all the blue balloons and banners were doing tacked up on door frames throughout the city; this past weekend was Edinburgh’s turn to open doors to about 127 of its buildings as part of the Scotland-wide Doors Open Days.  I look forward to this every year but each year something comes … Read more…