Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Durham and Into Scotland


Yesterday we drove from York through Durham and into Scotland. We spent the night in Edinburgh and today was a day to tour the city. I was feeling a bit tired so I decided to stay behind and just relax at the hotel. Then late afternoon after my Mom came back from her city tour and her visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, we went out with our friend Jackie to do some shopping downtown. It was so fun, I got to visit Louis Vuitton and peruse all the new handbags at Harvey Nichols and Jenners. I got a lovely little haul of scrumptious yarn at John Lewis, including some lovely Fyberspates! I feel totally spoiled now, but it was so fun. Plus, it is COLD here, so I need to knit some things to keep me warm. Anyways, enough chatter, I will share some of the pictures I took along the way. surprisingly enough I never got any pictures when we were downtown, I think I was too over excited by all the shops!

We seen quite a few rainbows on our drive yesterday. W drove though quite a few rain showers, but the sun wasn't ever far behind.

We stopped in the town of Durham and did some very quick shopping, nothing too interesting - I got hairspray since you can't take the cans on the planes. It may not seem like much, but it was a very happy thing for me to finally get!
We also seen the Romanesque Cathedral and some other really, really old part of a castle or church, I don't remember what it was.

This was a church that was in the square where we did our shopping.

An adorable cupcake shop!

Our next stop was to see part of Hadrian's Wall, which is apparently Britain's most impressive Roman monument. It goes on for miles, we drove along it for a long time.

We stopped for lunch a The Swan pub, and then walked around to take a few photos.

After lunch we continued on our way to Edinburg, passing though the Northumberland moors.

Again, I do not remember what this was, but it was just after we passed the Scottish boarder. It's quite old, as you can see. In this same town there was a house known as Mary Queen of Scots house. Apparently, once she went to visit her boyfriend (the tour director's words, not mine), and she came down with the flu on the way back and had to stay at this house (it was the nicest in town at that time) till she recovered, and since then it's been known as Mary Queen of Scots house. I didn't get a picture though since we were zipping by. I seen it though, at least I think I did...

These last two pictures were from my hotel room window this morning. We overlook the cutest courtyard.

This was my haul from John Lewis!

Tomorrow we head to the University town of St. Andrews, also known as the home of golf, then on to the Highlands, where we will be spending the night.

Be back when I can get more free wifi,


  1. Wow!! Scotland is very beautiful. What a great opportunity you have. I can hardly wait to see pictures of the Highlands.

  2. Wow!! That's beautiful! I'd like to visit there someday. How long are you staying there for? Can't wait to see more photos!! Ooh! A cupcake shop too? Yum!!