MUST SEE ENGLAND
England is a place of history and castles, rolling countryside, rivers, pubs and (rather) grey looking cities. In saying that my experience of England is largely limited to a couple of visits to London; a drive up the Welsh border from London to Scotland; and a train ride down to London and Southampton from Edinburgh. London can be a bit of a miserable beast - horribly expensive public transport and accommodation and never ending grey skies - but it is also a world centre for entertainment and dining. Click below to read the blogs from my last trip there, in December 2016.
Verdict on London: not a fan. I've been before and didn't find the ever present greyness and overpopulation particularly enthralling then either. Still, London does have her pluses - interesting history, great museums, theatre, music and so much good dining - if you can afford it... I was keen to show my husband and daughter Westminster Abbey and the Westminster Parliament buildings (which Guy Fawkes infamously tried to blow up a few centruries ago), as well as Big Ben - sights I'd been impressed by last time. We then took a wander down towards Buckingham Palace before stopping at a pub to meet friends. Some days, you can see the horse guards parade outside Buckingham Palace and the changing of the guard is amusing.... At Christmas time, London does a spectacular Winter Christmas Market (Winter Wonderland) in Hyde Park too.
Being based in Edinburgh this trip, and having been in London, we decided to drive up the length of Wales and back up into Scotland. So it wasn't a long trip. We spent a night in Cardiff (didn't make it to the castle, which I'd like to see on another visit); discovered an 800-year old Abbey that my grandfathers and grandmothers would have walked in (with an amazing mansion house on the hill above); wandered the towns of our ancestors in Southern Wales; began the drive up through Welsh countryside, with another overnight stop at a country inn this time; and visited the very impressive Powis Castle...Wales is known to be the castle capital of the UK, with over 600 castles, and more per square mile than any other country in the world. While short, it was an inspiring trip.
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A few older pictures - London Central (2008)