EUROPE WITH RACHEL

During the summer of 2014, my daughter, Rachel (racheloneal.com), and I traveled to Europe for 9 days of beauty and excitement. I’ve narrowed the numerous photos to this overview that I thought would capture the essence without making viewers feel tortured! If you are planning a trip abroad and want more details on locations, please contact me! We began our adventure in lovely Edinburgh, Scotland where we stayed at the fabulous Dunstane Bed and Breakfast pictured below. I highly recommend it for your next trip.

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Due to our delayed arrival in Edinburgh, we headed straight for the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where we were extremely fortunate to see the “Ceremony of the Keys” and Queen Elizabeth!

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Our next stop was Aberdeen, Scotland where we saw the majestic North Sea and began the lengthy hike to Dunnottar Castle.

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Balmoral Castle was next on our agenda, and we were two of the first to arrive. The gardens were incredibly pretty.

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When we left Balmoral, we headed by bus to Crathes Castle. If you visit, the tour is an absolute must! Inside the castle are well-preserved, lovely furniture and artifacts, but the gardens are the most spectacular of all the ones we saw.storyboard012

The view from the top of Crathes Castle.storyboard013storyboard014storyboard015

Rachel and I departed Scotland and headed for London, England. I lost count of the number of pictures we took of “Big Ben,” from every angle and location. This one was made from the “London Eye.”

storyboard016We were well-advised not to purchase advance tickets for the “London Eye” ferris wheel, because weather is unpredictable. We were blessed with beautiful blue skies the day we arrived, so went straight to get in line and purchase tickets.

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Westminster Abbey–a tourist actually walked up to a young guide and asked, “What’s Westminster Abbey?”

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London skies were quite dreary the day we saw the Tower of London and the bridge Americans call “London Bridge.”

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The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace was full of pomp and circumstance and thousands of visitors.

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The outstanding window at “Fortnum and Mason,” where Queen Elizabeth is said to shop on occasion.

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Clearly, Paris was next on our agenda. We worked with an amazing tour guide whom I highly recommend. She works from personal references, so let me know!

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We stayed around the corner from the beautiful “Place des Voges,” now with a pretty park in the center where people relax and play with their children.

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Inside a bank in Paris!

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Rachel and I realized we had not yet eaten a crepe, so we treated ourselves to one from a stand outside Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries–by the way, the back entrance is much less congested!

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Rachel and I were not in Paris to photograph a wedding, but we lucked up on this lovely bride and groom at the Place des Voges.

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Notre Dame was open and not surrounded by construction!

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Apparently, I am not the only person who had no idea that the breath-taking windows open!

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Peaceful reflection and a thankful heart. Hope you enjoyed our trip with me!

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