One of the most beautiful places I have ever been is the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful island while I was in the UK and I was absolutely captivated! The scenery is so dramatic that the pictures can not do it justice. But to give you a small taste of the wonders to be seen in Skye, here are some of my favourite shots from my island tour. The Isle of Skye is nicknamed the ‘misty isle’ and it certainly lived up to it’s name, but I think it adds to the magic of this place. What do you think?
After I spent a week travelling and staying in downtown London I found my bank account had taken quite the hit! (The UK is expensive!) I knew I would need to wise up a little bit, ie spend less money, for my week in Scotland. I started my Scottish adventure in Edinburgh, the capital city, which is traditionally an expensive place but I tried really hard to have a fantastic time while spending as little money as possible. What follows is the some tips I discovered along the way to really enjoy Edinburgh without breaking the bank – and in case you didn’t know I absolutely loved Edinburgh, it was my favourite stop on my UK adventure. Continue reading
When my train rolled into Waverely Station in Edinburgh I realized that I had done so much research about London before my trip that I completely forgot to research anything about Edinburgh. So much so, that I had to stop in the train station, sit on top of my luggage and look up the directions to the place I was staying. After I reached my accommodations I was really eager to get out and explore so off I went. While I was walking around that first day I saw a sign for a free tour of the Scottish Highlands. This peaked my interest so I did a little bit of research on tripadvisor, the tour had great reviews so I decided to reserve a seat on the Hairy Coo.
Scotland is such a fantastic country! While travelling around Edinburgh and the Highlands I met some really amazing people and learnt some really cool facts. Here are 6 facts I discovered on my trip that I thought were particularly fascinating.
No shouting, the fairies don’t like that.
No whistling either.
Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets or the fairies might trip you.
Take only photographs and leave only footprints.
Al, my new Scottish friend described Haggis like this, “You know at the beginning of the week when you do your groceries and you take them home, you always eat the best stuff first right? Then at the end of the week you go and look in the pantry and there’s nothing good left – that’s Haggis.” So there you have it, a true Highlanders description of Scotland’s National Dish.
Today I fell in love with Edinburgh.
In the past the East End of London was home to poor immigrants, criminals and the disease-ridden, which is the reason for the area’s seedy past. As the city of London expanded it experienced massive over-crowding which caused many immigrants to look for residence outside of the city. Throughout the 19th century the East End was home to these various groups of people who came into and transformed the area into what it is today. Each group has left their own marks on London’s East End which is why it is such an incredibly interesting place to visit and explore.
England loves Shakespeare, and why not? He was a genius playwright who made drama accessible to the common folks, although his work seems elitist nowadays. There are tons of attractions across England dedicated to the Bard, there is even a walking tour in London focusing on his life and times in the area. Being a fan of the playwright I knew I wanted to explore some of the important Shakespearean icons in England – Stratford Upon Avon and the Globe Theatre.