4/12 - Flights
4/13 - Edinburgh (Holyrood House, St. Giles, National Museum of Scotland
4/14 - Rabbie’s Highland Bus Tour
4/15 - Edinburgh Castle, more Royal Mile
4/16 - Train to York, Bettys Tea Room, Walk the Walls
4/17 - York Castle Museum, Railway Museum, York Minster, Evening train to London
4/18 - Buckingham Palace, Queen’s Gallery, Side trip to Oxford
4/19 - Churchill War Rooms, Westminster Abbey, Tea at the Ritz, Phantom of the Opera
4/20 - Tower of London, British Museum
4/21 - Eurostar to Paris, Opera House, Arc de Triomphe
4/22 - American Church in Paris, Musée d’ Orsay, Musée l’ Orangerie, Notre Dame & St. Chapelle
4/23 - Disneyland Paris
4/24 - City exploring, Eiffel Tower, Mont Marte
4/25 - Early Train to Brussels, spent afternoon in Brussels then got to Delft by 8:30
4/26 - Delft exploring + Keukenhof
4/27 - King’s Day in Amsterdam
4/28 - Flying home
Flights: booked with Fareboom. Very good experience. Flew into Edinburgh and out of Amsterdam. There was a change in flight schedule and they were proactive and prompt in booking us on the next flight with basically no inconvenience to us.
Gear: I had an Osprey Fairview backpack and my husband used the Osprey Farpoint. We each wore a trench coat and carried a personal item. I had a Vera Bradley bag that is technically a diaper bag but looks like a plain bag. My husband carried a Swiss Gear messenger bag.
About Me: I love shopping and vintage fashion. I did take a backpack but I packed a lot heavier than a lot of people. I bought a bag in Paris to check on the way back because I knew I was going to buy a lot of stuff to bring back with me. I traveled with my husband who I’ve been married to for 12 years and I thought I knew everything about him. I learned he hates taxis. We walked everywhere!!
Thursday, April 12th
Left the house at 4 a.m. to get to LAX. We flew LA to NY and had a three hour layover there. We booked British Airways but both legs flying to EDI were American. We stopped for a nice dinner in the airport. I watched two movies and three episodes of TV from LA to NY to keep myself from sleeping all day. We ate a late lunch at Drink Martini Bar at Terminal 8 in JFK. Unsurprisingly the drinks were good but the hamburger ended up with a soggy pretzel bun. Our plan was to sleep on the plane considering we landed in Edinburgh about 7-8 a.m. and had planned to try to immediately adjust to local time and start sight seeing. Of course we did not sleep very much on the plane. We were just very excited to be traveling as it was our first trip to Europe and also it really not very comfortable. My thought was that it is super easy for me to sleep in cars so a plane would be no problem. Well, that was almost true. I think I did manage about 4 hours of sleep on a 6 hour flight. Except the captain was running about 20 mins ahead of schedule. I was thinking NO... take your time ;)