This was one of the highlights of the trip. The Edinburgh castle is a must see, trudging all the way back to the 15th century. With the center courtyard greeting you into medieval times, there's also the Royal Palace and the Great Hall. You can spend an entire day roaming through the lush green hills overlooking the city of Edinburgh. A small gift shop also exists for your pleasure.
Next we decided to go and drink in a different pub, but I realised we had our luggage to carry home, so it will be quiet a pain to carry the luggage all around after getting a little drunk (which I wanted to). So we chucked our plan to drink more in a pub and picked our luggage and moved towards charring cross station, from here we were supposed to board the train to Tower Gate, walk to tower hill station and board the train to Lime house (final destination). Daniel bought some booze from a local grocery, wine and beers are cheaper to buy from a local store and we continued the party at Sugandha's house. Their house was walking distance from the station.We dropped our luggage, ordered for some Bengali food and Daniel suggested he will show us the place around his house, which is supposedly very beautiful. We got quite excited and went out for a walk and the first surprise was Thames river flowing right behind their house. Next surprise was a beautiful view of tall office buildings of HSBC, Citigroup over the river, all lit up these buildings are located at canary Warf, which is a 15 minutes walking distance from Daniels house.The walk through the lanes was quite & romantic, Daniel took all the efforts to show us everything beautiful that is in and around their house. We came back to the house after about an hour of walking and sat down for dinner and drinks. After all the flight travel, train travel, walks, drinking and carrying our luggage around , we were quite exhausted for the day and the moment we hit the bed the next moment I relaised it was 10am, Saturday morning.
She told us to visit Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Sq, Green Park and Big Ben. All these places were close to her office and walking distance. We paid for the coffee and were on our way to Trafalgar Sq, walked ahead a little bit and reached the Buckingham palace & Green Park. Through our walk there was a regular photo session going on and it was a pleasant experience walking the streets of london.Since it was a day before the weekend, people were all out on the streets, getting into the weekend groove. There were families and children with their dogs playing in the park, couples coochy cooing and sipping on chilled beer (its legal to drink on streets in London), a old gentleman feeding squirrels, a lady feeding the ducks, tourists clicking pictures and office goers crowded outside English pubs drinking beer and wine. It was party mood all around.We walked back to Sugandha's office and called her, she told us to come to a pub were she and Daniel (her English boyfriend) had already started partying. We joined them, ordered our beers and it was 1, 2 and 3 beers for me, the last glass being bottoms up. The pub (I forget the name) was totally crowded with people partying after office hours.
When I stepped out of my Frances Lodge, the first place I visited was the Windsor Castle. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It is the royal residence of Windsor. The beautiful architecture and the protective walls dominate the landscape of this delightful city. If you want to visit the castle with the added bonus of not having to pay, then go to the 6 p.m. Prayer service, held every evening in St Georges Chapel. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of the Great Windsor Park with the Long Walk.
The Giant’s Causeway is on the northern coast of Northern Ireland. The car trip was beautiful with vast landscapes and beautiful views. I think that instant trips are the best because you do not expect anything from the trip and are awed by all the beauty when it hits you.There are various formations of rocks over there which were formed due to volcanic activity millions of years ago. These rock formations make it a beautiful sunrise/sunset point and it is great to spend an evening here just lying in the sun or taking a walk around. You could walk around with your romantic partner and enjoy the shapes or enjoy the mythology of the place with your children. Children always love mythological stories and adding the stories add a certain fairytale like element to the travel place.There is a myth behind the rock formations of Giant’s Causeway which states that the structures are actually the remains of a causeway built by the Irish giant Fionn . He was challenged to fight the Scottish giant, Benandonner so he built the causeway so that the two giants could meet. As with every legend, there is confusion in the legend and one states that Fionn won, the other version shows Benandonner as the winner. Fionn’s wife tucks him in a cradle disguised as a baby and Benandonner, though a lot bigger thinks that Fionn is bigger looking at the size of the baby. This made the Irish giant win the challenge. This story intrigued me and the idea of there existing giants where I stood long before fascinated me. There is also evidence for the myth as there are similar structures beyond the sea on the Scottland side.Above all, I was intrigued by the beauty of the formations the most. Some of them were stacked up like a chimney one above the other and there were some which reached great heights. The varying heights of the rock formations gave it a magic mystery like feeling. Most of them were hexagonal shaped and were stacked one above the other but there were others which were straight like pillars reaching up to the sky. There were also a few rocks with holes inside and the closeness of the ocean caused them to fill up with water.We took a walk around the causeway and viewed the angry waves hitting the rocks. It gave the feeling of a beach with these basalt rock formations forming the shore. The feeling was very grand and fiction like. I realized that there can be places which make you feel like you are the part of a fictional movie in a set somewhere. The place had a magical and mystical aura to it. There is however not much to do at the Causeway. If you are a nature lover, you can spend about 2 hours taking a walk around and enjoying photography. I was set to leave in about 45 minutes. I yet remember the feeling of walking on those structures of basalt that are piled over each other like columns or pillars.
Next, we walked over to St. Paul’s Cathedral, built after the Great Fire of London in 1666. You really can't take a wrong angled picture of this masterpiece. Next, we headed to the streets in central London and did a stroll through Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. After taking some photos we then crossed over Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey for some more photographs.
Stonehenge is regarded as one of the greatest mysteries of mankind and is one of the most magnetically charged locations on the globe. No other place in history has ever generated as much mystery and speculation as these stones, the sheer size of which will have you in complete awe.
Right after getting off at the station I went to the Royal Pavilion – which is a castle and was home to late King George IV. Nobody was allowed to take pictures inside the castle, but boy I can tell the king had fancy taste and a charming fetish for chinese culture. Such lavish and elaborate decors and architecture, I literally could feel myself wanting to live in the palace.
Get off at Canary Wharf and change over to the DLR. Hop off at Cutty Sark, climb out the station and you will be transported to a completely new place away from the buzz and crowds that define city of London. Here at Greenwich, you see quaint tea rooms, proper pubs and the vibe of a little seaside resort. Ideal as a day trip from London, it is amazing how 15 minutes on the DLR can bring you to a whole new place.
Leeds Castle in not only about castle. It's very rich in flora and fauna plus number of other attractions are also there. Falconry Display, Maze Runner, Dark Sky Agin Court are just a few. I particularly liked Falconry display as they explained different species of birds in an very interesting manner. Last but not the least, you will meet Black Swans.Yes this castle is famous for Black Swams (Yes they are in the logo of Leeds Castle itself). Black Swans are endangered species but here you can see them easily and closely. So Leeds Castle is all about royalty, greenery, flora, fauna and lot of peaceful fun. I recommend everyone to take a day trip to the loveliest castle in the world.
Dover Castle has guarded the Strait of Dover (the narrowest point from England to continental Europe) for around 6,000 years. Some of the most famous names in history have walked the halls of this medieval castle, from William the Conqueror to King Henry II. (The latter of whom I had a pleasure of meeting during my visit.) Dover Castle is just one part of the history that has played through time on Dover’s hilltop. You can still visit the ruins of a lighthouse built by the Romans in the second century AD, a beautiful Saxon church from 1000 AD, and the secret wartime tunnels from World War II where some of Britain’s most famous war strategies were played out. Dover castle has recently gone through a major renovation to make the rooms appear how they might have looked in the 1100′s. Bright tapestries adorn the walls, royal red and blues and golds throughout. It really adds a bit of magic as you pass through the rooms, almost like you are visiting a working royal castle. The details throughout Dover Castle are incredible, and you can see everything from a royal toilet chamber to a chess set copied from an original at the British Museum. I enjoyed seeing the original features best of all. Gorgeous wood beams, fireplaces used hundreds of years ago, and the beautiful chapel dedicated to Thomas Beckett who King Henry II had killed.
Rochester Castle surprised me, as it had the opposite atmosphere of Dover Castle. The touristy feeling one often gets visiting famous sites, was seemingly absent from Rochester Castle, except for a small gift shop. This made it love at first sight for this girl. It is easy to see why Charles Dickens preferred this English town above all others. The walk to the castle from the train station is full of history, and you will notice plaques on every other building hinting at their varied backgrounds. The fantastic thing about this castle is that it is, in fact, in ruins. There have been no fancy renovations recreating the rooms of the former occupants, there is no banquet hall to see (as the floor it once stood on is long gone) and there are not costumed characters walking the grounds. Yet, the ruins transport you. Without all the tourist distractions you are left to your own devices; imagination is allowed to take over.
The Cardiff Castle is huge and majestic. It is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion situated in Cardiff, Wales. As the castle is so big, the visitors are given a map of the whole castle and they can choose with ease which parts interests them the most. For me, I visited the House, the Keep and the Clock Tower. There is a gift shop too from where one can buy souvenirs. Average ticket price is: Adults (17-59yrs) £9.00 Senior citizens (60+yrs) £7.50 Students £7.50 Children (5-16 yrs) £7.00
Little Venice is so dazzling! The bright colour of moss growing on the canal might not sound glamorous but it does look amazing. I suggest you start from Warwick Avenue tube station and walk along the canal until Paddington station. You will get to see some very quaint house boats and take some great pictures. It's not quite Venice but thumbs up for trying!Goodwins Court | Tube Station: Leicester Square
Eilean Donan Castle
Don’t miss: A walk by the Ness River and watching the sun go down from Inverness Castle – that’s how I fruitfully spent the first day. The next day I took the tour of Isle of Skye, an island, and drove past the famous Loch Ness, a gleaming lake known for a monster. Next came the picturesque and iconic Eilean Donan Castle, the setting for many films. The rugged, magnificent Scottish landscapes just got better as we moved to the Isle of Skye – lofty mountains, velvety grasslands and soaring sea cliffs.Eat: Traditional Scottish cheese platter and fresh seafood. During the journey, munch on traditional buttery shortbread. Do visit Gellions Bar, one of the oldest pubs in Inverness and guzzle down Scottish brewed beer.Day 4 & 5: GlasgowDistance from Inverness: 271km
Clifford's Tower stands as a proud symbol of the power of England's medieval kings. Originally built by William the Conqueror to subdue the rebels of the north, it was twice burned to the ground, before being rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century. The tower takes its name from one grisly incident in its long history, when Roger de Clifford was executed for treason against Edward II and hanged in chains from the tower walls.
Deal is located on the English Channel, in south-east England. It was once the busiest port in England due to it’s close location to France, which is only 25 miles across the water. (A neighbouring small town called Walmer is believed to be the location where Julius Caesar first arrived in Britain.) These days Deal is a quiet city that comes to life a couple of months a year when the tourists come for some time by the sea. It is most known for the castle that remains here from the 16th century. The best thing about visiting Deal Castle is that they give you total free reign on the property. Explore the rooms on your own, discover secret passages, walk the moat. Entirely unsupervised. It makes it feel like you have discovered your own special abandoned castle. I especially loved the ‘dungeon’ area. The water was above our ankles in places, and there was no electric lighting. So much water has been dripping down there over the centuries that stalactites have begun to form from the ceiling.