British Escape - France & the United Kingdom

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Amber Koll

Sioux Center, IA
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Like most people, Europe has been on my bucket list for quite a while.  There are several countries within Europe that I hope to visit someday but for my first trip across the pond we stuck with just a couple - France & the United Kingdom.  Here are a few highlights from the cities we got to see along the way!


 


DAY 1 - PARIS HIGHLIGHTS


*Eiffel Tower - view from the top is well worth the Summit ticket!


*Hop-On/Hop-Off Cruise on the Seine River - this was a fun way to see the sites.


*Visits to Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame,and the Louvre.


*Moto-bike carriage to see the Arc de Triomphe. 


*Supper at a cute little cafe.


 



DAY 2 & 3 - LONDON HIGHLIGHTS


 *Lots of walking around the city but it's pretty easy to get to a good chunk of tourist attractions by the river.


*We weren't able to go in but we did swing by the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey & Big Ben


*Ride on the double-decker Big Bus - this is the easiest way to get around town if you're visiting tourist attractions that are further out from the city center


*Toured Tower of London


*Visited Tower Bridge and the Buckingham Palace


*Watched the Lord Mayor of London leave St Paul's Cathedral after the Sunday morning service


*Night cruise on the River Thames


--We were in town on November 11 which is Armistice Day so London was celebrating accordingly.  They had a parade Sunday and the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday which was attended by Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family.  Unfortunately we did not run into any of them!


 


DAY 4 - STONEHENGE & BATH
*Stonehenge - one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites


    - This is considered one of the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric  monuments in the world.


*After our stop at Stonehenge we drove through the beautiful countryside before stopping in Bath for the night.


*While we were in Bath we toured the Roman Baths and walked the cobblestone streets lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes.  This was such a beautiful city - I can't wait to visit again!


 


DAY 5 - STOW-ON-THE-WOLD / STRATFORD UPON AVON / LIVERPOOL


*We spent a lot of time driving between Bath and Liverpool but along the way we got to stop in a couple quaint towns and we saw a lot of the gorgeous countryside.


*Stratford Upon Avon is one of the towns we visited and this is also where Shakespeare was born so we toured his birthplace.


*Once in Liverpool we stopped at a couple bars/pubs including the Peaky Blinders (which you may know of from TV) and The Cavern Club which is where the Beatles were first introduced.  Both of these were very fun venues!


 


DAY 6 & 7 - GRASMERE / GRETNA GREEN / EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND


*The first day we drove through the Lake District - another UNESCO World Heritage Site


*Stop in Grasmere & Gretna Green to do some shopping and have yummy treats!


*In Edinburgh we visited the Edinburgh Castle where we saw Scotland’s Crown Jewels, the royal apartments, the Stone of Destiny, St Margaret’s Chapel (oldest building in Edinburgh), and Mons Meg (one of the greatest guns of medieval Europe).


*We also did some shopping along the Royal Mile and Haymarket areas.


 


 


All-in-all our trip to France & the UK was ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!  I can't wait for the day I can make it back there!


 

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