It's time for the London/Ireland wrap up blog post! You all always tell me how much you love following me along on my travel adventures so this blog will not only show you our trip to London and Ireland but tell you all about our experiences! Devin and I had always said that on our 5 year wedding anniversary that we would take a trip to Ireland. We had looked at going for our honeymoon but decided on a more relaxing vacation instead. Since our 5 year anniversary is coming up in May we decided to start looking for an Ireland vacation. I booked our trip through TripMasters. If you aren't familiar with TripMasters then you must check them out! They have so many great vacation deals and most of their vacation deals included round trip airfare and hotels for pretty much the cost of a normal flight. We love them and use them for lots of our bigger trips. We booked our China vacation through them the other year too. (They aren't paying me one dime or even know that I'm writing this, I just love them!) Although we had only planned on just doing Ireland, I was able to add on a couple of days in London for pretty much nothing so I had to do it! :)
I'm going to write about each location and experiences below with the images so keep reading between the images to learn more!
London was amazing! If you know me, you may know that I'm sort of a royal buff. I've always had a fascination with royals and monarchs, especially Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and family. London was filled with visiting lots of palaces and everything else! I also really wanted to do some high street shopping but we didn't really have time or the space in the suitcase.
Ireland was just gorgeous! I'm convinced that you could spend two weeks driving around Ireland and still not be able to stop at every castle that you see! They are literally everywhere and are gorgeous! Some are marked by signs and you can tour them but others are just dilapidated structures that you see in the distance. The dilapidated ones just have some sort of gorgeous beauty to them. We tried to stop at a few that we saw as we were driving but we just couldn't stop at all of them.
Since wedding season is during the spring and summer, we take a lot of our vacations in the winter. I love it since it's really the travel off season so you can get great deals and there are way less crowds. Devin isn't a fan since it's usually cold. However, we were literally some of the only people in some of our destinations and I can not imagine how busy some of these place would have been in the busy season.
DAY ONE- LONDON: First stop! We flew into London Heathrow and then took a bus to Victoria Coach Station. We stayed at the Comfort Inn Buckingham Palace. The hotel was super basic but was a block away from Victoria Coach Station and Victoria Train Station so it made getting to and from the airport super easy. Plus it was just a few blocks away from Buckingham Palace!!!!!
Our flight arrived around 11:30am so once we checked into our hotel we went straight to Buckingham Palace! Now, you can tour Buckingham Palace but only a few months per year, February wasn't one of those months. We explored the outside of the palace that literally takes up several city blocks.
I LOVED all of the gold seals throughout the gates and palace.
Don't mind me, just waiting for the queen! haha
After we explored Buckingham Palace we kept walking to Westminster Abbey.
Of course I had to take a photo of my reflection in a phone booth!
St. Margaret's Church was the next stop and it's next-door to Westminster.
And then it was time to visit Big Ben! Unfortunately, we had no idea that they were restoring it! It was covered in scaffolding and the chimes were turned off. It was still magical though.
All of the architecture in London is just stunning! I love the gothic style of architecture!