Thursday, June 12, 2014

Miss Jaster's Adventures: Part 2

Check your mailboxes, I sent you all postcards today! :) 

Before heading to Scotland I visited the ruins of this old church, Wenlock Priory. It was built in the 1100s! 

I ventured up to Scotland all by myself. An hour by bus and  4 more by train to Edinburgh. 
This statue called "Greyfriar's Bobby" is famous. It's in honor of a dog who sat outside the cemetary where his master was buried for years. The cemetary is behind the pub, also named after the dog. 

Here's the cemetary, I thought it was pretty cool. It's supposedly one of the most haunted places in the world! I didn't see any ghosts though. ;) 

I also visited the place where JK Rowling wrote most of Harry Potter. Here's the view from the window where she sat. That's Edinburgh Castle on the hill. I visited that too! 

I went to this cool museum called Camera Obscura. The top of the building has a room that is a camera (an old camera) that you can stand in and see the city. Each floor had cool exhibits about illusions, and there was even a mirror maze. My favorite was the view from the roof. 

Then I went up to the castle. There were guards in kilts. Like the Queen's Guards at Buckingham Palace they are very serious, but I did see a few of them smile... So maybe not quite as serious. 
The castle is still used by the military today. Here are some pictures inside the castle grounds. 

This was a cemetary for soldier's dogs. 

After Edinburgh I took another 4 hour train trip to Fort William, which is the most beautiful place I have ever been! I took a boat ride around the loch (lake) here & yes, I ate Haggis!! It was really good, like peppery sausage. Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK is found here. It's the one with snow on it. 

We even saw some cute seals!

Haggis looks pretty gross... I really liked it though. 

The next day I took a ride on the steam train they used in the Harry Potter films. I even crosses the viaduct (bridge) in the movie. More pretty scenery! 

The train stopped in the tiny town of Mallaig, on the coast. 

Then I stayed one more night in Fort William before heading back to London. (9 hours by train!) 

Back in London I caught the sunset. 

The next day I went to the top of the tallest skyscraper in Europe, The Shard. You can see it in the left of the sunset photo above, it's the pointy one. 

It's 800ft high, you could see all of London! 

Tower of London. 

St. Paul's 

The London Eye & Big Ben. 

Then I rode a boat down the Thames, under the Tower Bridge... and walked in the foot path tunnel under the river! 

We hiked up the hill in Greenwich, to stand in two hemispheres at once. 

On the flight back to Arizona I took this picture, over Hudson Bay Canada. That's ice! 

I can't wait to see you in the fall, and share more pictures with you at recess ( if you want to come in & see them). If you have any questions, leave a comment below!