My little sister Lindsey decided that she was going back to where it all began for her and Tom and got married in SCOTLAND!!!!!!!!! And since we just so happened to be in Europe, of course Teage and I HAD to go hang out in London for a while! And what an amazing trip the whole thing turned out to be!!!!! My mom and Dale stayed home with the kiddos (THANK YOU MOM AND DALE!), which was actually really hard for me, but we knew it was the right choice.
So, in early May, we boarded the plane and landed in gorgeous and exciting London for a few days stay until we traveled up to Scotland. It was fabulous! Teage and I wasted no time at all. The minute we were off the underground and checked into our hotel, which was right in the heart of Trafalgar Square, we went out on the town! We started at the National Museum right in Trafalgar Square where we saw the famous Monet sunflowers painting and many others! Then we took a self-guided walk around the square and through the famous St James Park on the way up to Buckingham Palace! Neither one of us had slept much on the plane, but even with the time change we didn't care at all! We wanted to fit everything in while we could!
After walking around Buckingham Palace we decided to walk over the bridge on the Thames (fun in and of itself!) and go over to the London Eye! Beautiful!!!
The next day we took a Thames boat cruise down the river a ways and went on a tour of the Tower of London which was an amazing experience. We had the most amazing tour guide! He told us all of the stories surrounding the gates of the tower, crown jewels, Anne Boleyn, St Johns chapel (beautiful!), and the history of the Tower itself! It was truly fabulous! The tour guide was none other then a Yeomen Warder himself! He told us all about the Yeomen Warders, how they are chosen, and the honor it is to stand guard at the Tower. It was a wonderful day!
On the way home we went the long way to see the famous Big Ben! And then that night, dinner at the Sherlock Holmes and the play WICKED!!!!
The last day in London (well, half day) was spent on a double decker red bus seeing the sights that London had to offer. So fun! And then a race to the train station to catch our train up to Scotland! I am not sure what I was more excited about, Kings Cross Station itself or the train ride along the countryside. :)
While on our 4-5 hour train ride up to Edinburgh, Teage and I sat next to a wonderful man named Steve that we became instant friends with. We used our time well, Steve teaching us and guiding us through Scottish customs (a "tenner" is a 10 dollar bill by the way). Steve got off in Edinburgh with us and showed us around a bit before we had to board our next train over to Stirling. We all agreed that the outcome of him missing his first train was a blessing in disguise so we could all meet each other. You know when someone comes into your life and you instantly know that you have a connection with them? That is how it was for us and Steve, we just loved him!