Scotland Part 3: Visiting Islay

On the morning of our second full day in Scotland we took a day trip to the island of Islay. We woke up about 6 am and headed on a 90-mile drive through the mountains and along the coast to the ferry Port Kennacraig. Our goal was to get the first ferry to Port Ellen. … Continue reading Scotland Part 3: Visiting Islay

Using the London Pass: Day 2

Our second day in London focused on more site-seeing!  We were definitely playing tourist on this trip to London.  We used our second day on our London Pass and headed out to explore the town! Since we stayed in an excellent location at the foot of Westminster Bridge (you can read my review of our … Continue reading Using the London Pass: Day 2

London Hotel Review: Park Plaza Westminster

One of my husband's requests after our first trip to London was to stay in a hotel within view of Big Ben.  I was convinced that the request would go unanswered due to the cost of staying in the heart of Westminster.  When it came time to make reservations for this trip I was very … Continue reading London Hotel Review: Park Plaza Westminster

Using the London Pass: Day 1

After picking up our very important visitor we hopped back on the train and headed from Gatwick Airport to Waterloo Station (had to change trains once).  Because of some train delays we ended up on a very crowded train headed into London, but thanks to my expert packing Mike and Michael easily handled the bags … Continue reading Using the London Pass: Day 1

Packing for a short trip to London

Traveling in Europe with a family of five is not for the faint of heart.  It takes planning and precision that I have never had while traveling back in the states.  In the states if we had decided to take a short adventure (approximately 3 nights away), I would have had the kids packed and taken … Continue reading Packing for a short trip to London

Settling In, Complete?

When do you go from finding your footing to finally settled in after a move?  I'm not sure when it exactly happened but I feel like we are there. Life in England changed in a good way.  How did it change exactly?  Well we, as a family, are busy!  The kids are in activities.  My … Continue reading Settling In, Complete?

Scotland Part 2: Stirling, Scotland

For our first full day in Scotland we decided to drive to Stirling and visit the William Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle.  It took about an hour to drive there from Dumbarton and the drive was beautiful.  There is nothing in the world like driving thru the Scottish Countryside. Upon arriving at the William Wallace … Continue reading Scotland Part 2: Stirling, Scotland

Christmas in Scotland Part 1

Shortly after we arrived in England, we began to think about all the places in Europe that we wanted to be able to visit while we are here.  When we first found out the we would be spending three years living in England it seemed like it was a long time.  Then we arrived and … Continue reading Christmas in Scotland Part 1

WB Studios: The Making of Harry Potter

For my birthday last month, I booked a tour at WB Studios: The Making of Harry Potter.  One thing that I really felt we missed out on in Florida while we were living there was seeing Harry Potterland at Universal Studios Orlando.  So of course one of the first things I wanted to do here … Continue reading WB Studios: The Making of Harry Potter

Our first trip to London

When we arrived here almost four months ago we landed at London Heathrow Airport.  It was about 5 pm when we left the airport and had to head south to the Portsmouth area.  We did not get to explore or see the sights in London.  So now that we have settled in, the first place … Continue reading Our first trip to London