Mind The Gap

Next Door Neighbors…worlds apart?

Posted by admin on Apr 10, 2010

After Windsor we left for Edinburgh, Scotland. The train ride was gorgeous…ocean views, castles, baby sheep. It took 4.5 hours. Scotland is a bit different. Pros- places are open much later, bagpipe music on the street corners. Cons- the people are a bit more rough around the edges…they all drink beer (lots of it, then whisky) and we heard a lot more swearing. The castle is right in town and dominates the skyline. It is huge! It sits atop a hillside so the views from up top are breathtaking, literally you are out of breath from the hike up the castle :) The Royal Mile that leads away from the castle is full of shops for fun gifts. Our bags are starting to overflow from the little trinkets. We also did a day trip into St.Andrews which was a lot of fun. St Andrews is a the smallest town so far that we have spent time in and very laid back. We looked in cute shops, took pics of the famous golf course that is home of the British Open this year. We golfed at St. Andrews… see the pics we will upload later :)

As requested here is more info on our passes: The Great British Heritage pass can be bought before you travel or at a select few big cities that they list on their site. It gives you prepaid entry to almost 600 sites in all of the United Kingdom. You buy the pass for the length of days you will be using it for. So we bought the 15 day pass. They are flat rate charges for the length of time. So we calculated what places we would go to on the list and added up the admission charges. It was cheaper for us to buy the passes which included sites like Stonehenge, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, etc… The pass looks like a debit card and they just look at it and issue you a ticket for the site you are at. It also gives you priority entrance…you do not have to wait in line. You find an attendant or priority ticket office and they let you right thru. We skipped a huge line at the Roman Baths and a line a Edinburgh castle. Now we are off to York, England working our way back to London.

Side note on food: The food in England is great! Big breakfasts with Bacon,Sausage, Toast, fruit, cereal, beans, tomatoes,mushrooms, and more. Their is a great variety no matter what town. You can always find English, Italian and American and usually more. There are lots of Supermarkets like Sainsbury, Mark and Spencer, etc. WE LOVE the Cottage pie! Tea and scones are everywhere! Scotland on the other hand had some stranger options that we did not partake in like Wild Boar, Fish Pie, Haggis, and other mystery items.

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Mom and Sid:

Austin, your new look is very scottish and we are impressed with your rugged appearance. Clint will be very jealous that you golfed at St. Andrews. When he finds out he may even look at your blog just to see the pictures. We did see a little mischievousness in Haylees eyes as she held her club. Not sure what that is all about. Jen and Kierza boarded their ship on Saturday. You both look like you are having a lot of fun and really enjoying your trip. We just wanted to know if Haylee is going to be cooking on Thursday.

April 11th, 2010 | 12:06 am
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