Shane, Tammy and Darci (10) and Jed (6) travelled to the UK, Scotland and Paris for 7 weeks in September with a list of must see and do’s.
Enjoy their story.
We started with 10 days in London, a long stint but with family to see and travelling with kids we wanted them to be able to recover from jet lag if needed. We decided to stay in an apartment rather than a hotel as this gave us flexibility for preparing meals and washing as well as space for kids to relax. We chose Islington as it was close to the station, family and great cafes.
We did all the must see’s when in London:
- The Tower (make sure you wait for a Beefeater to lead your tour)
- A guided walk through Buckingham Palace staterooms (book in advance)
- A hop on hop off Double Decker bus around the city
- High tea at Harrod’s Georgian Tea Room
- A visit to Hamleys toy store in Regent Street
- A show – The Wizard of Oz starring Michael Crawford
- Madame Tussards
- Macroons from La Drurie in Covent Garden
- A day getting lost in Hyde Park
We then travelled by Eurostar to Paris (2 hours). We started with a bicycle tour of Paris which was a great way to get bearings of the city. Next stop Disneyland. Then off to the Palace of Versailles which deserves the day exploring around. A private guide was fantastic. We also saw all the main tourist sights, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and St Chapel. My advice in this city is to just WALK. Soak it up.
After returning to London we hit the road, firstly heading southeast then up the coast stopping along the way at some amazing places; Durdle Door, Cornwall, Cotswalds, Gloucester Cathedral (for the Harry Potter fans!). Once in Scotland we saw amazing scenery including a visit to Loch Ness. We loved Edinburgh with so much to see and do here. A visit to Alnwick Castle had so much more to offer than expected. A must for Harry Potter fans!
A truly fantastic holiday – well and truly worth every cent. The childrens teachers were amazed how much information they picked up. Even though I had seen these places before seeing through the eyes of my children gives you a whole new perspective. If you can find a way to make this happen – DO!