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Big Ben

Big Ben

Hello dear readers and friends. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying my posts for the past two weeks. I’ve just read through your comments. I was away on a wonderful two week trip to England and Scotland. We saw so much, tasted so much and experienced so much.  It was a very Martha vacation in many ways. We saw the major sites in London, including the changing of the guard, Big Ben, the Globe theatre, a musical on the West End, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and some museums. We took a tour of Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace.

We also took some day trips from London and went to Stonehenge and Glastonbury.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Other day trips included Bath and Windsor Castle.

The best part of the trip was Scotland though. It is an awe-inspiring place.  We would be driving along (yes, Mr. MarthaAndMe drove on the wrong side of the road) and we would just be knocked over by the view. Unfortunately, the roads are narrow

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

with no shoulders and no way to stop and take photos! We did get some good shots.

Loch Ness was a beautiful place even if we didn’t see any monsters! We visited the Highland Folk Museum where we got to see what life was like in the Highlands. We went to the Scottish Wool Centre where we saw sheep herding and got to pet sheep. And we tried our hands at fly fishing. Mr. MarthaAndMe caught the only trout.

The food was sometimes good and sometimes bad. We had cream tea at the

Scone with Jam and Clotted Cream

Scone with Jam and Clotted Cream

Orangery in London and at a cute little tea shop in Edinburgh. As Teen Martha said, we should have tea every day.

We had fish and chips in a pub and also had sausage rolls, an English breakfast, chicken pie, steak pie, mince and tatties, a ploughman’s lunch and smoked salmon. We did not enjoy prawns – tiny little shrimp that Teen Martha said reminded her of bugs. We got tired of chips and peas served with every meal.

It’s good to be home where you can turn on a bathroom light from inside the bathroom (switches in the UK are outside the bathroom), sleep with a top sheet (no top sheets there – only duvet covers), plug everything into regular outlets, recognize the money easily, and get back to life as we know it.

I’ll be posting more about the trip in the coming days. I’ve also got a fun Martha idea we can all do together, so please tune in!

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2 Responses

  • It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I loved the picture of your family with Stonehenge in the background. What was the ploughman’s lunch like? I’ve read about it in various mystery books but have never had it. And clotted cream – I love clotted cream! It is so difficult to find around here.

  • The ploughman’s lunch is supposed to be simple – bread, meat, cheese and pickles. The one we had was amazing though – big hunks of local cheese (and the cheese there was to die for), a huge hunk of bread, salad, relish, pickle, ham, and cole slaw. Really, really good. I love clotted cream too. My grocery store sells it in a bottle in the gourmet cheese section but it is ridiculously expensive.