Category - UK

In Love with Scotland

6 Jul

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We LOVED Scotland. It’s raw hostility and it’s fascinating landscape steeped in history. I won’t even begin to show you how we travelled, especially around the Isle of Skye, mostly because it was back and forth, but one thing I will say, if you are in Scotland, GO TO SKYE! You don’t get much more traditional Scotland than Skye. From Harry Potter scenes to scanning the Loch Ness and swearing you saw something move, Scotland is simply stunning.

 

Old Town Edinburgh

4 Jul

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I’ve always said that Edinburgh is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world, and I’m glad to report that it did not disappoint this time around either – Josh was enthralled with it, and for the first time he said “I wish we had a bit more time here.” The city, particularly Old Town, has a forbidding and ominous vibe to it, complete with burnt buildings that have seen many a thing, including great fires, and the monuments and churches are old and obscure (I’ll explain more in a moment). Sadly, unlike the rest of Scotland, there are a few more tourists, and that makes seeings some parts a little uncomfortable. Either that or we had just been spoilt with too many adventures in castles with no one but us. Read more…

Scotland – Highlands to the Isles

2 Jul

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Last time I arrived in Scotland, I was freshly engaged, but without my partner in crime, and although I adored the country, I never thought I’d be lucky enough to come back and explore with fresh eyes. Landing in Edinburgh in the afternoon, we picked up a rental car and headed straight north to the Highlands. Read more…

London Calling – doing it on the cheap

18 Jun

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Red Buses – travel with the locals

Getting to London was clearly a bit of a headache for us, but once we arrived, things went pretty smoothly and because London is so easy to get around, we jumped straight on the underground to our first nights accommodation. We’ve been booking our accommodation through a company called Air BnB, and it’s been a great experience so far. We stayed with the lovely Hilda, who welcomed us in from the dreary London drizzle, explained a few things, gave us an Oyster card each (like a Myki – total money saver) and left us to wash off the plane and get to bed, it being about 10pm and all. Seems AirChina delays worked in our favour. Read more…

London Calling – doing it on the cheap

18 Jun

london1

Red Buses – travel with the locals

Getting to London was clearly a bit of a headache for us, but once we arrived, things went pretty smoothly and because London is so easy to get around, we jumped straight on the underground to our first nights accommodation. We’ve been booking our accommodation through a company called Air BnB, and it’s been a great experience so far. We stayed with the lovely Hilda, who welcomed us in from the dreary London drizzle, explained a few things, gave us an Oyster card each (like a Myki – total money saver) and left us to wash off the plane and get to bed, it being about 10pm and all. Seems AirChina delays worked in our favour.

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In Transit

13 Jun

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Well that was a long and unexpected ride. Originally we booked a flight from Melbourne to Beijing to London. Somehow without telling us, Air China decided they needed to stop and drop some passengers in Shanghai. On arrival we were all shuffled out of the plane, somehow through customs, a big fuss was made when we didn’t have transit visas, so then onto another line, and nobody spoke English to us, they just pointed and pushed. We were all quite happy to get back on the plane, but it just wasn’t to be. The pilot came over the speaker, basically telling us that no one was getting out of or into Beijing airport due to “weather”, which he later told us was probably a lie and more likely due military activity (turns out they decided to launch a space rocket – go figure). Read more…