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We're Home, Scotland was Great!

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Steve- First, a quick London Recap

Well, I certainly got delinquent on this blog recently (have not posted in a week) and much of it has to do with the incredible amount of things we have seen and done since arriving in England… Some particular London highlights (in no particular order)

The London Eye with Family!;
Taking advantage of a very great apartment setup to walk Hyde Park and take the Underground everywhere;
Fish and Chips, Bangers and Chips, very good food! (Including Bill Wyman’s restaurant);
The antiquated, but almost-a-museum-inside-a-museum (because of its age!) Natural History museum;

We left London on a Sunday morning and were promptly dropped off at the wrong station…not that lugging three kids and 8 full bags of junk about ¼ mile is that big of a deal! We ended up taking the wrong train to Edinburgh, Scotland, but in retrospect it really worked out: We followed the eastern coast of the United Kingdom up to Scotland and got 4 hours of incredible seacoast scenery. Finally, we arrived at the Gleneagles resort, our final place to stay and right off the bat we knew we were in for a great time!

Lisa- Driving….OH BOY- on the left, not right-C R A Z Y- I was shifting gears as Steve drove, and I prompted him to stay left through these circles they have everywhere, and jug handles to make turns. Then I drove for a while and I kept running into the grass (it was like I was 16 again getting used to the on-coming traffic!) But we made it, and finally got used to the driving- and the sights were phenomenal!

We stayed at the GlenEagles Resort, which has anything and everything on-site- it was just gorgeous- Scottish heaven! We played pitch (or chip) and putt with the kids, croquet, ran the topiary maze (It was just like the shining!!! The Overlook hotel- seriously- down to the vintage pictures in black and white all along the Loooooooooong hallways of people past that enjoyed their stay in this very old castle-like, swank Hotel . There were many restaurants to use while you were there, a massive indoor pool, outdoor hotub/spa, a gym about ½ the size of the Arena Club, a spa, salon, barber, shopping, I could go on and on----- The kids did day camps, took tennis lessons, played rugby, soccer, did ceramics, made cupcakes, it was great for Steve and I to go off exploring while they got to have some serious kids fun- we just couldn’t drag them through one more town admiring buildings and local landscape.

Gleneagles is a luxury resort that really caters to golfers AND their families…and so, despite the fact that I don’t golf there was a ton of stuff to do and we really took advantage of both the location (in between Edinburgh and Glascow) to do day drives through Perth, Stirling and Killin and the activities on site (we mountain biked, played chip and putt golf (small course, very cool), croquet and even did a family lesson in Falconry (check out the pictures, the video is even cooler). In Killin, Lisa and I were able to see the Highland Games, which is a festival that moves around Scotland throughout the summer. We tried new foods “stovies” (which has to be named after a bunch of leftovers thrown into a pot on the stove!), haggis, steak and ale pie, smoked haddock and all of it was interesting and good.
We had a wonderful three days to wrap up our vacation- thanks if you were able to bear reading through this whole blog!

We were so blessed and fortunate to have seen all of the amazing things we saw- but most important, we had fantastic family time- getting to be with the kids and getting to know their silly sense of humor, and seeing them interact with each other was the best of all.
Now, this 8 hr flight home….. uh…

Posted by sandlb107 05:17 Archived in Scotland Tagged family_travel

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