Oh mylanta. I’m not sure where the week has gone, but my plans for several blog posts about our past trip to London & Edinburgh has gone to the wayside. And tomorrow is the start of my 40 Days of Fall project, so I’m smooshing an amazing 15-day adventure into a quickie “top 20” of sorts. After diving into over 1,500 images, I’ve picked some of my all-time favorites. Enjoy!
Our first day was spent visiting the quintessential sites of Â London. We toured Trafalger Square, Covent Garden and the River Thames. I’m pretty sure my mouth was agape the entire time at the beauty of the city. The architecture, the stone-work and the history were all so beautiful – and so different from anything I’ve ever seen. We took a sunset ride on The Eye, which gave me a much better grasp on the layout of the city we had just walked through. We had dinner and had a really lovely walk along the Thames.
We walked 5-7 miles daily, and had grand plans to take tons of pictures of all the amazing doors we saw. I thought we had captured more, but I’m certainly not disappointed with what we did get. The first one on the left is where we stayed in London, good ole’ #5! I’ll call this “Doors that we Adore.”
And this was our walk up to our apartment in Edinburgh, Scotland. It only proved to be a little tricky when carrying our giant suitcases up it! Down was obviously much easier.
Amidst a giant city filled with concrete and monstrous buildings, this Vermont girl missed having a view. And grass for that matter. Luckily for me, there’s a surprising amount of lush green parks, some small, some so big they have mini parks within the big park. Kyoto Garden, part of Holland Park was one of those lovely little treasures – giant coy fish swimming in gorgeous water features, I was/am smitten. We also visited Hyde Park which was a lovely mix of water, serenity, and plenty of green grass. We found a little corner of the park and spent hours relaxing with a picnic and some good books.
Speaking of picnics, we ate some really great food. I’ll save you on the 50+ pictures we took, and will summarize it with this: THE Best. Hands-down, was this cheese shop. Seriously, I still dream of Neal’s Yard Dairy.
And this was Gordon’s, the oldest wine bar in London. Underground and a little dank, but certainly worth the trip, even if I couldn’t stand up completely. The Porto was great too!
Jaime took this at 1780 Bar & Restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland where we tried our first haggis. I really loved this space with its mirrors and artwork everywhere, velvet upholstered sofas and dark wood dive-bar vibe. If I lived in Edinburgh, this would be my go-to spot.
I just loved Little Venice, even if it was raining that day. Certainly a priceless trip to ride along the Canal to Camden Market. We floated past amazing house boats & mansions, past the London Zoo, and under historical bridges and underpasses.
I dragged poor Jaime to oodles of markets, yet we didn’t end up buying too much. I think my favorite was Portobello Market – it was just great eye candy with clothing and antiques, people watching and adorable row houses.
One of my goals was to see and photograph some gothic architecture, more specifically, gargoyles. Westminster was the place to be! I took a TON of pictures of buildings (and the Union Jack.) Apparently I liked them!
This one was taken in Edinburgh.
As for Edinburgh, my favorite spot was Calton Hill. A short, steep set of stairs, and you’re immediately amongst some amazing views with the castle inbetween. We visited there several times, it was just simply gorgeous.
I’m having a really hard time narrowing down my absolute favorite thing we did on our trip. Simply having an honest-to-goodness vacation with the love of my life was by far my favorite part, but that may be a bit of a cop-out of an answer. So if I had to narrow it down, I would say Edinburgh Castle with fireworks was my favorite photo opp. The tattoo festival was going on, which we opted not to go to, but instead got fish & chips and parked ourselves on a bench with a great view of the castle. Some of the best things in life really are free. Like love and fireworks.
And last but not least, this is my favorite image of the Hubbs and I. It was taken on a cold Scotland day at Sterling Castle. All the pictures of the two of us were self-portraits… which is to say the images of us aren’t nearly as good as any of the others!