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Despite my multiple blog posts about other places, it is the UK, and London in particular, which truly has my heart. It offers this unbeatable blend of comfort with a big slice of adventure and just enough of a sprinkle of cultural differences, without having to learn a foreign language (Bonus!). If you are one who is a bit skeptical of embarking on a European excursion, then my recommendation is the U.K., and London, in particular. The following abbreviated list will definitely reward this decision with some unforgettable yet enriching cultural feasts when you have only 1-2 days to spend in England’s capital city.
One of the most unique museum experiences in London, the former Cabinet War Rooms are now known as the Churchill War Rooms. An education for all ages allows you to walk through the subterranean, former British war offices (right under the City of London!) used by the dedicated men and women who served under Winston Churchill’s brave leadership during the Second World War. Don’t miss the additional, modern and mesmerizing exhibits in all their ‘super-tech’ glory. It is one of my favorite museums in London.
I was overjoyed that I could actually plan a visit to the Spencer home, Althorp, where Diana once tap danced and passed the hours swimming and taking walks before being thrust into the spotlight at the tender age of 19. It was quite like a pilgrimage in a way, but also a way to pay my respects to a person whose Royal role was inspiring to me. There was something extra lovely about both the stunning interiors and the delightful exteriors of this gorgeous estate in Northamptonshire. I hope you enjoy this post, and three cheers for the Royal Wedding!
Not far from Edinburgh, lies a castle with ties to modern-day Royalty, Shakespeare, and ghosts. Its architecture is truly captivating, while its foreboding, defensive exterior disguises it’s charming and quite cozy interiors. Take a look at both…
Pitlochry is truly just-the-right-size kind of town to visit on your trip to Scotland. Here are 4+ reasons for choosing this lovely village as a center point on your trip to the Highlands of Scotland ——Whisky Distillery included!
A unique way to delve into Scottish culture is to observe sheepdogs in action. It's an easy aspect of Scotland to overlook, as it does not enjoy heavy prominence in guidebooks. This next post takes us right into the heart of Scotland. It's a glimpse into the present day, as well as a tradition that's been around this region for centuries. Puppies included!
One of the quintessential Must-Dos in Scotland is to attend at least one of its Highlands' Games. One of the most popular is The Braemar Gathering. Set on the first Saturday of every September, this is a memory and experience of great Scottish culture to be treasured. The Queen is the Patron of these games, so if you go, be prepared for her arrival at approximately 3 o'clock, and be sure to get a good view.
'An Invitation to Burns Night' was the message. At the time, I had no idea what Burns Night was. You could say great writing and Scotland are linked in many ways...
To help those of you jumping across the pond soon to see the Outlander film locations and all the beauty that Scotland offers, I have some special clothing and miscellaneous tips to prepare for all of its wonders. Above all, don't miss #5!