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Travel is my religion (so is really terrible amateur photography)

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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Wow.  Where do I start about our vacation to the England and Scotland last week?

I love to travel, and I live to travel.  Planning travel is a pain in the ass and makes me really stressed out, but the moment when I see the US disappearing below me is when I am at my happiest.  Being on an airplane, on a train, and in a car in a foreign country is the closest I’ve ever felt to being an optimist.

London.

So far, Mr. B and I have been to Prague, Israel, and a bunch of places in the US together.  Since we’ve been crazy with changing jobs and houses and everything, we haven’t been able to have a decent vacation aside from the few days we spent in Las Vegas and Boston this year.  But a real vacation for me means leaving North America, and that’s exactly what we did when we went to England and Scotland last week.

Initially, I wanted to go to Argentina, because it’s warm in the winter.  But Argentina was $$$$$$.  So then I thought maybe Iceland, because it’s close by and really cheap in the winter. No dice, because Iceland has only 4 hours of daylight when we wanted to go.  Add a Russian to that equation, and you go suicidal.  The next logical location was the UK, because it’s relatively close from North America (6 hour flight from Philadelphia), and this time around, since we’d only leave for 6 days, I didn’t feel like dealing with logistics of travel in non-English (or Russian or Hebrew or Italian)-speaking countries.  For our next trip, I’m hoping we have 2 weeks for Japan (or maybe, India).

We spent 2 days in London, then took the train to Edinburgh, did a Scottish Lowlands tour, then took the train to Glasgow, did a Scottish Highlands tour, and then took an overnight sleeper train back to London.  After all of this, I have to say that, as much as I hate some things about Europe, including organizing travel in Europe,  I am completely besotted with both England and Scotland.  The Scottish Highlands and the history of Scotland as a nation especially left a very deep impression on me, and I’m hoping to write about it in a more coherent fashion after I organize my thoughts and figure out the best way to split them up into blog posts.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite snaps. Also, don’t make fun of my hat.  It was REALLY cold the whole time.  As always, clicky to enlarge.

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

Queen Me Street, London

Sunset over the Thames, London Eye, and Parliament

We were lucky enough to get to Big Ben at sunset, when the best pictures happen.

Christmastime Edinburgh at night. But more like Edinburrrrrrrrgh, amirite?

Losing my head over my favorite crush, Adam Smith, in his native Scotland (Edinburgh). Please dear God don’t say anything about my boots.

The bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond in the background.

Glasgow, the day before Christmas

Highland dude in Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Castle in the background.

Tower of London. What I love about medieval places is that I’m never too short, but always the right height never to watch my head in doorways.

Lots more later.

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  1. I think your photography is actually quite nice! I know how you feel though, I wish I could take very professional photos with my DSLR. It looks like you had fun though!

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    • the way I think about our DSLR is that we have a full gourmet kitchen but only know how to use the microwave

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      • I am going to have to remember that for when I hear the next compliment about my photography skills. If I used a lesser camera than my DSLR, I would hear no compliments.  The vacation sounds grand!

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  2. What a great vacation. And you captured great memories. I think your photos are cool beans.
    I will tweet you a link to a great photography tutorial that will make you use your camera like a top chef. Use DPS40 code at the check out for 40%OFF on the tutorial.

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    • Thanks for the tip, I’ll have to look into it.  I really like live classes more than web classes though. 

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  3. Hi Vicky,

    First, I would like to say I to say I like your post and the pictures are GREAT. I wish there was more information like this on the net. I do a lot of searching for vacations and it is not easy to find local, good  information on Europe.
     
    Thanks
    David

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  4. The UK is my favorite place. I lived in London for a year and it was absolutely amazing. Scotland is lovely too. Glad to see you enjoyed your vacation!

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  5. Sounds like a fabulous time! London is one of my favorite places in the world, and Scotland is definitely on my list. P.S. the boots look like they keep you warm really well!

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    • The boots are ugly as sin, but they are warm AND waterproof! It rained the whole time, so they definitely came in handy. 

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