Sponsored Video: #PictureBelfast Film vs App Challenge

This is such a brilliant video from Tourism Ireland to showcase Belfast. It's a must watch for any photography lovers out there like us. The video contains a fun game that shows several shots of Belfast landmarks, and you have to guess which are taken with a genuine vintage camera, and which have been edited using a filter.

We got some of them right, and some of them wrong. We all use filters all the time to edit our photographs for social media, so it has been really good in this video to see the actual differences. We definitely prefer the depth that a genuine vintage we didn't get round to visiting the Titantic Museum- it looks great!

Stylish Stay: The Knight Residence, Edinburgh

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The Knight Residence is a building of luxury serviced apartments in a quiet area of Edinburgh, not far from Grassmarket and the newly renovated Quartermile area.

A discrete entrance took us to the reception desk where the friendly staff  gave us our apartment key, and showed us how to get to their private gated car park where we could park our car overnight. It costs £7 per apartment to park your car, and each apartment has one space

bedroom at knight residence

knight residence apartment hallway

.We were then given a full tour of our apartment. They range from small one-person studio apartments, to larger two-bedroom ones that can sleep four. Ours was a two-bedroom one, and it also had a bathroom, living room and kitchen leading off of a long hallway. Everything was immaculate and stylishly decorated in a simple and modern way.

All guests are left with a welcome hamper in the kitchen, containing milk, fruit juices, bread, jams and marmalades, cereals and shortbread; and the kitchen has a full-size fridge and everything else you would need to cook and cater for yourself. 

There were a selection of DVDs in the living room that we could watch, plus an extensive library next to reception where you can choose extras ones to rent for £1-£2.

This is the perfect place to stay on a visit to Edinburgh if you like your privacy and doing things for yourself. It was very much like a private flat, and we even had our name on the door, and on the apartment buzzer on the street outside.

There is a Sainsburys Local just across the road from the building that stocks a good selection of food; plus you are just a 6-7 minute walk away from the Quartermile complex of restaurants if you feel like a meal out.

We were enjoying the peace and quiet of not having staff fuss over us, so we opted to continue with this by eating at the Hot Flame World Buffet at Quartermile.

hot flame world buffet seating area
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This place is phenomenal. The staff are so friendly and helpful, and once they have explained how it works, you are left to choose your own food and go back to the buffet as many times as you want.

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There is a huge selection of cuisines, including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Western, and every dish is unique and prepared by chefs specialised  in that cuisine. Our favourites were the Indian and Thai curries- each were completely unique in their flavours, and the meat in them was tender and cooked to perfection. There was plenty of naan bread available at the buffet; but if you would prefer a fresh or flavoured naan, they'll knock one up just for you.

Once you've eaten as many starters and main courses as you can manage, you must head to the chocolate fountain which they have on every night. Who knew that cheesecakes covered in molten chocolate (as invented by us) could be some amazing.

The Knight's Residence, 12 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ

Hot Flame World Buffet, 2 Lister Square, Quartermile 2, Edinburgh, EH3 9GL

Photo Credits: Malcolm Smith unless otherwise specified

Celebrate 100 Years Of Magic With Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice are back touring the UK again, with their 100 Years Of Magic show. It starts at Glasgow's Braehead Arena (booking available here) from 26th September until 5th October before moving on to Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Dublin, Belfast and London. Full tours dates can be seen on the official website.

This magical 90-minute show features 65 Disney characters from Pinnochio to Belle, and tells 18 wonderful tales- a real treat for Disney enthusiasts of any age.