Edinburgh: 3: Cats and Cakes

The day started hilariously with my cousin’s dog stealing a croissant and us chasing her, trying to get it back. We failed spectacularly, but it gave us a laugh, and it turned out to kind of set up the day.

I had to work in the morning, but our afternoon started at Maison de Moggy. Maison de Moggy is Scotland’s first cat cafe set up in 2015, and I was so excited to go. I love cat cafes, and having visited them in London and Okayama I couldn’t wait to see how Maison de Moggy matched up.

We ended up having so much fun. We had an hour’s slot and we were able to play and pet the cats, as well as having a cup of tea and some delicious cake. Maison de Moggy was well set up, so the cats were able to interact or not as they saw fit and you could tell that the cats loved being there as it felt very homely. The cats were all lovely and playful, even if they were after our cake! It was also Fabian’s birthday the day we were there, so of course we gave him a lot of attention.

After a magical hour at Maison de Moggy, we decided to walk around a couple of my favourite spots in Edinburgh: Victoria Street and the Royal Mile. I love these streets so much, although popular, I think they’re great. As we were wandering down the Royal Mile, we bumped into some people from the National Trust who were showing owls. We met Beethoven the European Eagle Owl, T the Tawny Owl and a Barn Owl we didn’t get the name of. I even got to hold Beethoven. It was an amazing experience and I really enjoyed it, even if I didn’t initially realise how heavy Beethoven would be.

Our last appointment of the day was at the Real Mary King’s Close. This is a social history tour that takes tour groups into a now underground close where people would have lived. I was really looking forward to this as I had wanted to do this in my last trip, but we didn’t have time, and to be honest, it was disappointing. The content was interesting and I would have liked to have known more, but the guide was not as interactive and engaging as I feel the tour needed. I did enjoy the tour, was it was definitely overpriced for an hour.

As we walked back to Edinburgh Waverley, we noted on how good of a day we had had and couldn’t wait for the next one.

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