Back when Markus and I visited Edinburgh in 2012, we passed by the New College, but had no idea how beautiful it was on the inside. Our dear friend Ryan, who we know from Fort Lauderdale, ended up continuing his education at New College. On our whirlwind first day in Edinburgh with them, we stopped by to check it out. Ryan said that it was one of the most photographed places in the city. I didn't believe him, but decided we needed to check it out. When we arrived, no one was there and it was perfect. After about fifteen minutes and a few photos later, people were trickling in. I was quite surprised because I didn't think it was that popular. I was definitely happy to be proven wrong.
When Markus and I visited Edinburgh 2012, we loved it so much and we knew that we would be back. Our dear friends James and Ari, moved from Birmingham to Edinburgh and that was the perfect reason to see them. Two of our other dear friends, Ryan and Lo, also lived in Edinburgh, so it was a wonderful two for one. We spent a few days with Ry and Lo in New Town and visited all their favorite places.
Our first day, Markus and I wanted to relax a bit, so we didn't really have anything planned. Ryan was our tour guide for the day. Together, we decided to walk around and stop anywhere that looked interesting. We spent a majority of the morning in New Town and Old Town. We stopped for eats at some delicious places and shopped in a few second hand shops. There were some things that I remembered about the city but there were so many new things to see. Since we had a lot more time, we really had a chance to soak it in and do whatever we wanted. Thank goodness we had a great tour guide showing us all the great spots!
Even though I was born in the 80s, I'm truly a 90s kid at heart. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the 80s, but most of the things I remember are from the 90s. Like any kid who grew up in the 90s, I was obsessed with Saved by the Bell. When we heard that there was going to be a pop-up of The Max, we snatched up tickets so we wouldn't miss out.
Markus, Josh and I decided to dress in 90s clothes to really get a feel for the atmosphere. Saved by the Max is a really great throwback and really brings back the nostalgia of the 90s. I was squealing the whole time and obsessed with everything. Poor Markus and Josh had to deal with me freaking out about every little thing. I will say that the food wasn't that great. The names of the dishes were really creative, but nothing stood out and kinda made us all sick the next day. Eek, sorry, but that's not why you go to a place like Saved by the Max. It's all about the atmosphere and all the memories it brings up. For a 90s lover like me, that's worth it.
The summer of last year, Markus and I went on a last minute road trip to Kentucky. We were both itching to get out of the city and explore somewhere new. After a little bit of research, we found out that Louisville wasn't too far and there were a few nice stops along the way. One of these places was Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum.
Zaharakos opened October 20, 1900 and can be found in the small town of Columbus, Indiana. Originally, three Greek brothers opened a candy shop but over time it evolved into an ice cream parlor. There was a lot of thought and care put into the look and it's covered with carved oak, marble and tiffany glass. It was stunning and so beautiful. Also, there was more than just ice cream on the menu. They have salads, sandwiches and even different kinds of soda from their vintage soda fountain. I'm so glad that we made the effort to stop, because it's not every day you find something from the 1900s. Markus and I live for places like this and love old roadside attractions. We make it a point to find places just like Zaharakos. The atmospere was definitley 1900s and it really felt like stepping back in time. It was the perfect stop on the way to Louisville!
To be honest, before this trip, I had no idea that the National Portrait Gallery existed. Which is so strange, because everyone knows I'm obsessed with portraits. We have eight vintage oil portraits in our apartment. It's our goal to have a wall very similar to the one above. In my free time, I'm constantly looking for vintage oil portraits and don't think I'll ever stop. So it made perfect sense that we stop by.
If I had to choose between The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, I would definitely pick the Portrait Gallery. It's not as busy and it's easier to spend time admiring any piece you want. There are so many different kinds of portraits and I was sad that we couldn't spend more time there. I'm so glad we went and it was perfect for me because it had heaps of portraits!