Wednesday, September 19, 2012

One Sweet September: The UK

We officially have five days left of our travels through Europe before heading home. It's been a pretty awesome two and a half weeks, and we've covered a lot of ground. So, I'll start in on the posts now, before I get sucked into the moving home business next week...

Our first stop after leaving Oslo was Edinburgh. Ken visited Edinburgh a couple of times while studying abroad during college, and he absolutely loved it there. I'd never been, so it was definitely on our list of places to visit for awhile.

Edinburgh is dominated by a huge castle on a hill overlooking the city. It's gorgeous!

Pretty homes on the walk up to the castle.

Heading in to check her out.

Ken, holding down the fort.

View from the top.

Please excuse the hair - Edinburgh was super windy. Also, you can't carry a hair dryer and diffuser around Europe when all you're rocking is a carry-on. So, flat hair it was until we reached more humid locations.

Other sights around Edinburgh (don't remember what they were)...

Back in his college days, Ken stayed at this gem. We don't stay at fancy hotels by any means, but he was a little upset with me for not booking the Castle Rock Hostel for this trip.

We also spent an entire day on a bus trip through the Scottish Highlands. It was fantastic!


We met some Highland cows, and they were adorable! The big guy here is Hamish.

A drive around Loch Ness was part of the tour...

...and we found Nessie!

We also found a really lovely place called Under the Stairs for delish burgers in Edinburgh. Definitely the best burger I've had on this continent.

After a few days in Scotland, we took the train down to London so we could catch a cheaper flight out of the UK (and why not make a stop in London when you have the chance?).

I'd definitely hit the wall at this point in the travels, after all the August stuff, and a few busy days in Scotland. So, there are only a few pics from London.

We managed to find a good deal on a great hotel in Kensington, and I absolutely fell in love with the area.

Traveling for three weeks is a little rough on getting in enough veggies. Thank goodness for the salad bar at this gem.

Pretty colors between Kensington and Notting Hill.

London gave us some fantastic weather the two days we were there. 

Other noteworthy happenings: 
  • Stumbling upon a place with the best tacos we've had in Europe. Thanks, Lupita!
  • After only getting in short runs during the insanity of August, it was nice to go for a long run through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens on an absolutely gorgeous day. That felt pretty darn amazing. We'll call it the Moment of Zen.
After London we headed to Germany to spend time with our best friends from P-town. So, our adventures with Josh & Laura are next...