Having now laid eyes on Loch Lomond, I can confirm that the description of its “bonnie banks and bonnie braes” is completely accurate. The sun may not have been shining bright that day, but the views were stunning nonetheless.
Edinburgh Day Two promised to be more succinct: we had a plan we were going to stick to, and it only involved one destination – the Palace of Holyrood. Along the drive in, though the route was slightly different, we still saw plentiful churches and other buildings.
One of the best parts of basing ourselves in Stirling for the first half of our time in Scotland is that it meant easy access to several locations we were interested in taking day trips to. Up first: Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.
The day after our crazy day of the Harry Potter studio tour and sightseeing through downtown London was Carly’s wedding. The weather was fabulous, the ceremony was lovely, and the reception was a blast. It was hard to believe as we woke up on July 31 that our time in England had already come to a close, but it was hard to be too upset as we were setting out on our next adventure!
Confession alert: I have never had an overwhelming urge to visit London. Sure, there’s tons of history there, but the city itself never really appealed to me. I knew I’d get there one day, but my expectations of how I’d feel about it were set pretty low. Did they change after visiting? Not entirely, but I did enjoy myself more than I thought.