Inside the Outside: Beautiful Britain
While it was hot in London and rainy in Scotland (which we appreciated after drought-stricken Texas), it was mostly pleasant weather throughout our four weeks in the UK.
In addition to seeing art and historical museums, visiting family and seeing shows, we walked and hiked many miles, both in the cities and near Scottish and English lakes and rivers. Our journey ’round Britain began and ended in London.
In Whitby, the 199 steps up to the church and abbey count as a hike.
Gary wanted to see golf’s holy land, St. Andrews, where we chatted with players and coaches from the Texas A&M women’s golf team, and saw a familiar sign in a window.
Despite some rainy days, we enjoyed outdoor time in Edinburgh, especially the Botanic Gardens, with spectacular views of the city.
The River Ness in Inverness provided gorgeous walks and views.
We spent our days in the Lake District outdoors, including a thrilling hike up Cat Bells, a not-very-tall, but challenging, climb in chilly wind and rain. We stayed in Keswick, near Derwentwater, and bused around the district to Windermere, Bowness and Grasmere.
In Bath, we lucked into Henrietta Park, and hidden inside is a beautiful and meditative spot, the King George V memorial garden.
Winding up in London, where it was cooler and even a bit rainy, we enjoyed Trafalgar Square and a walk around Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament.
Note: This post marks my second “blogoversary.” I am very frustrated with WordPress’ layout function and I apologize for the clunkiness of some of the photo layouts. After the holidays I plan to reformat my blog with another theme, and do some tutorials to improve the layouts. If you’ve read this far, thanks, and please come back!