Family Funday at Camera Obscura

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Last Saturday we were supposed to visit Edinburgh Castle for free for St Andrew’s Day, but as we were already at the gate it turned out my booking had never gone through and there were no tickets…So instead we decided to finally visit Camera Obscura – a building consisting of five floors of optical illusions. 

The first thing we did was to climb to the 6th floor where the roof terrace was and admire the views of the castle and the old town.

It was freezing cold!

But the views of Edinburgh’s skyline were worth it.

When you pay (£15 for adults and kids up to 5 years old go free) you get a time slot for the 15 minute show that takes place inside this thing – the Camera Obscura. (In case you, just like me, didn’t know what Camera Obscura means, I’ve copied the definition from Merriam Webster: “a darkened enclosure having an aperture usually provided with a lens through which light from external objects enters to form an image of the objects on the opposite surface.”

After the show we started making our way down through the other five floors and having fun trying out and observing all sorts of optical illusions.

This hologram tricked poor Lana who desperately tried to get to the sweeties. I had to go and buy some liquorice allsorts later that day after seeing this! Love liquorice. Might have to buy some again…

A sleeping Maya is in there with me as well haha.

This room really confused a confused Lana who didn’t want to be in the photo for some reason…


Lana loved the experience as well and I would definitely take her there more often if it wasn’t so pricey.

The mirror maze was probably my favourite thing but, again, really confused Lana who started crying after having ran into the wall too many times. Five minutes later she was back in there though.

Lana an Matthew’s favourite thing was this spinning tunnel that made you really dizzy. Since I was wearing Maya I didn’t try it – although just standing at one end made you dizzy already so I think I got the gist of it.

After a couple of hours of fun we were starving so we walked over to the Outsider for some late lunch. Maya had lunch too. Don’t know why I never tried feeding Lana in the sling – I feed Maya even when I’m walking and pushing Lana in the buggy!

I took Maya out to stretch her legs, which was a mistake as she started crying straight away. Lana kept herself busy with that horrible slime we bought her in the Camera Obscura shop.


After lunch I had a great idea: to finally visit Mary’s Milk Bar for some dessert! It’s the cutest little place with the most amazing ice cream and hot chocolate floats. And it really feels like Christmas in there – such a warm atmosphere.

This is an old photo, so there wasn’t any salty liquorice unfortunately 🙁 Instead I had a salted caramel ice cream and Lana a dark chocolate one that was so rich she only finished half of it.

She still managed to make a huge mess and almost ruin her cardigan…Next time we’ll go for a white ice cream!

x Nina x