Happy 4th of July from me and these patriotic cinnamon rolls. Happy to live in the greatest country in the world
Day 15: Last day in London and we flew out the next day. Tower of London was on the agenda for the day. My favorite part was seeing the Crown Jewels in all their splendor. We learned the bloody, gruesome details of the fortress which went on and on. We walked around London for a bit before we stopped to have high tea. Delicious tea, scrumptious sandwiches, and decadent desserts were on the menu. Perfect way to end a once in a lifetime trip
Day 14: saw Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, and wandered around London. My favorite photo from this trip is the very first picture. We visited Selfridge & Co which was the most incredible store you'll ever visit. We also saw Wicked in London which sophie was very excited about
Day 13: Awoke early to explore London. We first saw the Churchill War rooms. They went weeks without seeing the sunlight and would use "happy" lamps to get their sun fix. We then saw Parliament, Big Ben (even though it was covered in scaffolding), and West Minster. We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but we got the opportunity to partake in communion there and saw many famous people buried there including C.S. Lewis, Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, and many many more. It was a good day
Day 12: Drove from Edinburgh to York. York is one of the most unique and special places you will ever visit. We visited York Minster which is an incredible site. My pictures do no justice to the magnitude and grandness of this place. We drank yummy tea and ate scones before headed on a train to London.
Day 11: woke up to a delicious breakfast prepared for us and ate different assortments of cheese, porridge, yogurt, toast, and fruit. We walked the royal mile and got bombarded with shops selling "real cashmere made in Scotland" but that was fake news. Saw Canongate Kirk and ate Korean BBQ
Day 10: Drove from Stirling to Edinburgh. The streets were a mess and basically every road we needed to be on was blocked or closed down. We eventually found parking (after several detours) right by Holyrood Palace. It was stunning. Knowing that the queen herself stays there was incredible in itself. We then drove to Edinburgh Castle. While grand, it was not as impressive on the inside as it was on the outside (plus it was absolutely freezing). We found the hotel we were staying at and are Indian street food for dinner. Delicious.
Day 9: Stirling Castle. It was a beautiful enough day to wear shorts and the castle was magnificent. The original castle was yellow surprisingly enough. Church of the Holy Rude was one of my favorites even though we could not go inside due to a wedding. Thank you to my dad for making this happen and letting us take the best vacation we have ever had. He drove us across the entire island and told us to treat yo self during the entirety of the trip. Thank you for being the best role model, love you & happy Father's Day!
Day 8: drove from Dundee to St. Andrews to a distillery, then to Stirling. St. Andrews was one of my favorite places because the town was so cute and the university is full of traditions (plus prince William attended university there). We saw how whisky was made and I learned that scotch is the same thing as whisky but only if it's from Scotland
Day 7: got up very early to drive to cliffs (Bullers of Buchan) and it was absolutely stunning. Saw puffins, penguins, and sea gulls (who would've thought). We then drove to Dundee and ate Mexican food (I do not highly recommend)
Day seven: we drove from Inverness to Loch Ness and my dad, sophie, and I canoed. We may or may not saw Nessie ♀️ the town was so cute & then we visited Urquhart Castle. Unfortunately in ruins but incredible to visit where history happened