Edinburgh Trip – Childrens Art and Cocktails at Missoni

June 23, 2010

So in an effort to be cultured and not spend all our time eating and shopping we visited The Scottish National Gallery.

They have an amazing collection, very varied and big enough to spend a good morning looking around but not so big that you have to pick and choose what you see.

My favourite part though was a children’s exhibition which featured two children’s books that I think are so good I am going to have to collection them for when my godchildren come to visit.

One is called Sylvia and Friends by Catherine Rayner and the drawings are just the cutest!

You can buy her books here they are proper children’s books, ones that all children need to learn, such as patience and sharing… cute!

The other series is by James Mayhew and is about a little girl called Katie who goes into paintings and has adventures within them, so not only do the readers enjoy some excitement but they can learn about great artists such as Monet and Van Gogh.

I think this is such an original idea, and the illustrations are great.

Both books had been made into an activity trail for little ones to do as they walked around the gallery, they had to look at and find particular pictures and people as they walked around and draw them… I saw lots of little girls doing Katie’s trail…

James’ blog is here and you can buy his books here

After all the walking we needed some refreshment, and on the walk to our hotel from the gallery stands The Missoni Hotel, cocktail time!

I have to say that I am not overly keen on the exterior of the hotel, it is a little bland and officey for my taste…

I really want to have afternoon tea here!

The interior however is amazing, and so Missoni.

A riot of colourful stripes with fun design touches everywhere…

The staff were all beautiful of course, and had great uniforms of Missoni striped aprons (I want one!) and tees…

Lots of room for big groups of gossiping girls…

They had tv screen showing Missoni catwalk shows…

And special Missoni kilts (love!)

I went for a cosmopolitan, a classic, and the boy had their signature cocktail…

This is an easy cocktail, great for a girls night!
35 ml vodka
15 ml triple sec
squeeze lime juice
25 ml cranberry juice
twist orange peel

Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.



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