Driving in Britain :: Day 4

We didn’t have internet last night at our bed and breakfast so I was sort of stuck on the blogging front. But to sum up the day – we started out by picking up the car at the airport. I’ll admit I was a little scared of driving but it turned out not to be as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s still a little weird to drive on the left – and have the stick on the left… but all in all I got it pretty quick (Joey did have to occasionally remind me on the smaller roads to “get on the left!”. Anyway – we got a late start and started driving down to Alnwick to see the castle there. We took a road than ran along the coastline and it was beautiful. We stopped for a long lunch in a tiny village which put us into Alwick with only an hour to run through the castle. While it was really pretty (and well kept) we were a little disappointed that the “Harry Potter” bit wasn’t pushed more (but can we blame them? The castle was built in the 12th century… Harry Potter was filmed in 2001).

We drove the rest of the evening to our B&B in a little medieval town called Hexham. The house we stayed in was HUGE and gorgeous and had only two rooms for guests. We ate the most delicious Indian food and went back to the B&B to sleep. Unfortunately between my sudden allergic reaction to Britain and the B&B owner’s son playing his music overhead from 3am till 7am – I got almost no sleep 😦 And Joey was up because I had to keep getting up and blowing my nose so often.

My laptop is about to die so I have to go… 😦 But I’ll be sure and update what happened today tomorrow… I know 🙂 Confusing.

Cappuccino Madness :: Day 2

Day 2 of our trip in Great Britain – we took a bus into the Edinburgh for some sightseeing. Started off at the castle and caught a great free tour. The castle dates back from 800 BC and has been added to over the centuries – it’s pretty impressive sitting on top of a hill overlooking the city (like a medieval castle should). We grabbed some cappuccinos and lunch in the castle then headed out to explore the gardens & streets below.

After a full hike around the city we took our tired feet home and relaxed for a bit before going back out to eat at a Thai restaurant I looked up on Google maps. I’d like to take a moment to thank Google for the ability to look up a restaurant in a foreign country AND tell if it’s any good before wasting money. THANK YOU Google! Because it was delish 🙂

Haggis & Beer :: Day 1

So we made it to Edinburgh – after a few gate switches in Amsterdam and a late flight from Atlanta. So far we navigated the bus system successfully and had an excellent dinner at Salisbury Arms (recommended to us as a local spot from our friendly host). Had I not been afraid of being “that tourist” I would have taken a picture of the decor as I couldn’t stop staring at it all.

Of course – we completed the evening with our first cappuccino here in Scotland. It did not disappoint.

If you’re wondering how Joey reacted to the surprise trip, I’ll tell you that when I told him we were going to Scotland he looked at me for a second… then said “But what’s in Edinburgh?” I think he started to get it once we were on the bus in the city. Pictures cannot quite describe the impressive castle overlooking the main square – or the random bits of dark imposing gothic architecture. We’re going sightseeing tomorrow so you’ll see a few pictures then.

Cheers.

Ashley

Top 5 European Cities to Photograph

When I was younger – I would travel all over the world with my dad on the weekends. He is a pilot for Delta Airlines and so I traveled for free till I graduated from college. Well – it’s been a few years since I finished school and we always swore we’d still go on the occasional Father-Daughter trip when we could. Unfortunately – I got a job at a company where I only have one vacation day to use where ever I please… so it’s been a little hectic.

This leads me to this post. We have finally scheduled a long weekend in May to go someplace in Europe… and I have to pick where we’re going. Something I really enjoy when I travel is taking pictures of what I see, so it is really important to me to pick a place that has a lot of charm for me to capture through my lens. My top pick is Paris of course… but unfortunately as a non-rev (non-revenue) passenger, the French employees at the airport really could care less if you got on or not. My dad has taken off with empty seats on the plane and people left at the airport in Paris… not a good call.

So which of these five would you all recommend?

Prague

I’ve actually been to Prague but it was for a friends wedding and we only spent an afternoon in the city itself. I’d love to go back and really explore. The city looks so pretty with all the bridges and spires.

London

I went to London a few times when my Aunt lived there but I never got any pictures b/c at the time I wasn’t into travel photography. Mostly my Dad and I would fly in, grab my Aunt and go to a play somewhere. Eat dinner and fly back the next day. What I wouldn’t give to go back and get some Indian food… yumm! Not to mention the wonderful accents 🙂

Edinburgh

I haven’t been here but my Dad has and he said it’s beautiful. Rolling hills and a lot of history. I’m a little worried about the weather. Might have to look that up. I’d definitely look forward to some hiking to get some great skyline photos.

Salzburg

I hadn’t seen pictures of this place till I started looking but isn’t it cute? I’m a sucker for a city by water… anyway. My Dad recommended this city. I haven’t been obviously. Looks like it could definitely be worth a trip don’t you think?

Venice

I’ve been to Venice once (for the weekend with my Dad) about… 2 years ago. It is my favorite Italian city by far! Nowhere else can you walk around a city that is so mysterious and beautiful at the same time. I’d love to go again and do a “doorway” series of photographs b/c the architecture there is simply gorgeous.

So there are my top five (in no order). Each has a different appeal and I can’t decide where we should go!! What do you think?

Looking forward to some ideas! Thanks friends 🙂

Ashley