THESE LINKS COME to you late, as the short trip we made to Edinburgh to visit family ended up spiralling into chaos due to the heat wave over these past three days. We left for the city on Sunday morning and were only supposed to stay one night, but the temperature rose on Monday and created mayhem⏤schools were closed, shops were shut, people stayed home from work, and trains, tubes, and subways were cancelled. Our 9:00pm Monday night train was one of those cancellations, so it was all a bit of an ordeal. A national emergency was declared across the UK, which on Tuesday hit the highest-ever temperature recorded: 40.3 degrees Celsius (104.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in the village of Coningsby in eastern England. The previous record, 38.7 degrees Celsius, was set in July 2019. The Met Office (the meteorological service) triggered its first-ever “red extreme heat warning” across England. Today, everything was back to normal again with overcast skies, a little rain, and 22 degrees.
Another surprising discovery we made (seeing as we lived there for years) is that if you’re looking dinner reservations in Edinburgh at 10:00 pm on a Sunday night, you will find that everything is closed, and has been for a while by then. The only place that will be serving late is an Italian restaurant with great service and mediocre food, but the vibe is good, and the maître d’ will be lovely and give you complimentary Limoncello shots to make up for it all. I ordered the Spaghetti Vongole.
This week’s links include a home in Miami and a London maisonette; faux pearl pumps, and knotted rope sandals for summer days, and much, much more.