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Exploring Ruins: Craigmillar Castle – Edinburgh Day 9

It was our last day in Scotland and I was incredibly sad about having to leave, but my spirits were infinitely cheered by the fact that we would also be visiting our last castle of the trip: Craigmillar Castle. Continue reading “Exploring Ruins: Craigmillar Castle – Edinburgh Day 9”

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Exploring Stirling Castle – Edinburgh Day 7

After a week in Scotland, we left Edinburgh for the day to head over to Stirling and visit the astounding Stirling Castle. About an hour’s train ride away, it was nice to relax on the train and watch the Scottish countryside go by while we were brought to our next destination of adventure. And what an adventure Stirling Castle was! Probably one of my favourite days of the trip, we spent all day in Stirling exploring every nook and cranny the castle held. Continue reading “Exploring Stirling Castle – Edinburgh Day 7”

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Exploring Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh Day 2

Our first castle of the trip was Edinburgh Castle. More of a military fortress than a royal home, Edinburgh Castle is full of museums of war and houses Scotland’s Crown Jewels, as well as the infamous Stone of Destiny. Edinburgh Castle sits at the top of a hill and has survived countless attacks, its position proving to be pretty much impenetrable – in fact, the only successful takeover of the castle was done by the Scots themselves, when they were taking back their castle from the English. Continue reading “Exploring Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh Day 2”

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Visiting Anne Boleyn’s Childhood Home

To my great joy, I soon discovered that Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, Hever Castle, was just a short train ride away from London, so of course I had to go and see it! Not only is it another castle to visit, but it’s also connected to Anne Boleyn – I wasn’t going to let that opportunity slip by me. Not even getting stranded in the middle of nowhere could dampen my spirits about this day, and getting stranded in the middle of nowhere did indeed almost happen! Continue reading “Visiting Anne Boleyn’s Childhood Home”

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Exploring Kensington Palace

My visit to Kensington Palace was a pleasant one, although it did contain probably one of the biggest frights of my life, which is ironic considering I went to the London Dungeon the day before.

Kensington Palace focuses more on the modern line of royals (so, Queen Elizabeth II and her family), as well as on Queen Victoria, so if those are the things that interest you, Kensington is the palace to go to. Continue reading “Exploring Kensington Palace”

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The Tower of London

If I only had time to do one thing in London, it probably would have been the Tower of London. It’s an incredible fortress to visit, steeped in fascinating history and architecture worth marveling over. It was a place of celebration, but also of torture and execution – lucky for me, my day was spent celebrating and the only torturous part was having to leave at the end of the day. Continue reading “The Tower of London”