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Winning London

This post will be shorter than the last few and will cover some of the things we did during our day and a half in London. The last post found us in Belfast, touring the Antrim Coast. The morning of March 19th was an early one for us as we made our way from Belfast to London via EasyJet. It was a rainy morning and it started to seem like the bad weather was following us the whole trip, but we stayed positive. We landed around 10am at London Luton and made our way to the shuttle bus that would…

A tour of the Antrim Coast, ft Game of Thrones

Our day started early with breakfast in the hotel restaurant. This was one of the best continental breakfasts I’ve ever had in a hotel. They had eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, omelets, porridge, tomatoes, toast, baguettes, pastries, chocolate bread, cereal, yogurt with its own granola bar, watermelon, cheese, pickles, olives, fruit salad, fruit smoothies, virgin Bloody Mary’s, tea, coffee, juices, etc. The options were overwhelming and my plate always full. After breakfast, we quickly walked through the streets towards the Irish Tour company. The roads had been confusing last night but we were able to navigate them a little better…

Snowy Highlands and St. Pattys in Belfast 

We left off the last post, if you recall, concerned about the weather for the next leg of our journey. Snow was in the forecast directly over the Highland mountains through which we’d be driving. We started our day down in the hotel restaurant, which offered a lovely view of the snow capped mountains. Our waiter from the previous night greeted us excitedly, letting us know that his friend down in the glen reported no snow on the roads. No longer nervous about the drive, we packed up and headed out, making our way down to Glasgow. Our drive twisted…

Oh Misty Isle…

Day 4 of our trip finds us in Portree, Isle of Skye. My previous post followed us on our journey from Edinburgh to Portree via train and rental car. We had talked about waking up early to see the sunrise in Portree harbor, but as soon as our alarm went off, back to sleep we went. It’s probably a good thing we didn’t bother to wake up early, though, as the area was completely covered in clouds and mist. We enjoyed breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, which had a fantastic view of the harbor below. It was interesting to watch…

Trains and Automobiles: Our Journey to the Isle of Skye

(A continuation from my previous post entitled “Planes”.) My previous post saw us exploring Edinburgh castle, the Scotch Whiskey Experience and the city via hop-on, hop-off. Our third day is hard to write about. It was the day I stressed about the most while planning – the day we had to get from Edinburgh to Portree on the Isle of Skye. The plan was to take the 6:30am train to Inverness, pick up our rental car around 10:40am, and head down the A82 towards Portree, reaching our hotel before dark. But plans never work out, right? We started our day…

Exploring Edinburgh

Second day in Edinburgh – our only full day here. I wish we had more time to enjoy the city but I think we made a good dent in some of the highlights. The day before, we hiked to Arthur’s Seat, walked the Royal Mile and dined at a local pub. Our second day in the city¬†started with breakfast at a little cafe – the Southern Cross – fitting considering where we’re from. I enjoyed a giant bowl of granola with a slathering of yogurt, fresh fruit, and honey. (I’m always shocked when I see portion sizes abroad because all…

Planes

The first part of our trip started this way – planes. We left RDU around 7:30pm on March 12th, starting the 6.5 hour flight to London. Bob and I were giddy children at the sight of American Airway’s entertainment options – hundreds of new and old movies, tv shows, and games. How, we asked, will we be able to sleep and watch this list of 12 movies we saved?? Answer is that we didn’t sleep – we tried, though! I got maybe an hour’s worth but poor Bob could barely close his eyes – while his neighbor on the other…

No Stress Packing

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