Friday, November 9, 2007

Friday!

I guess I've figured out who will go to Oxford with me. My blogging buddies!!!

I will actually write an entry more about why I love Oxford specifically so much, but for now I'll just tell about some of why I love traveling in Europe!

My first trip over there was September '94. I was 13 and went with my Dad, my older sister (15), and my twin brother/sister (11). He had a business conference to go to, his ticket & the hotel/food were covered for 3 days. We stayed at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel those few days. It was September, thus school-time, so during the day while dad was at the conference, we'd do our school work in the hotel room (we were 1 year into home-schooling at that point). There was tea service at 1 and I'd never had a proper English tea time! We adored walking miles and miles around London. I won't go into everywhere we went, but I'd be surprised if we did less than 5 miles a day. :) I distinctly remember buying goat's milk at Harrod's and using it for my tea (and loving it. little did I know in 4 years we'd live on a farm and have goats of our own to milk!). The best tourist-ey thing we did was visit the Tower of London, because they had a "Chamber of Horrors" below with scenes/effects from the Black Plague, Great London Fire, lots of beheaded people, tortures that went on in the tower. Creepy and my youngest sister did not like it (she was the most excited to see it, and then the quickest to want to leave!). We stayed a week, and moved to a less swanky hotel, but we didn't care. All 5 of us shared a room, I remember my younger sister and I sharing a single bed in the second hotel where we'd lay with our heads at opposite ends, our feet near each other's faces. :) But we didn't care, we were young and visiting a foreign country!

Two years later we were to go again, this time including another younger sister, and this time hitting 4 countries. London, England; Paris, France; Munich, Germnay; and Zurich, Switzerland (although we spent very little time in Zurich, we'd take trains to small towns and bike ride all day). My mom actually joined us for the last two countries (leaving the 3 youngest siblings with a wonderful friend who already had 3 of her own kids). This trip I'll have to get into later, as it encompassed such things as visiting Dachau, bike riding in the Alps, "Les Miserables" in London, and lots of pastries in German bakeries!

Five years later my entire family flew over to Scotland to live for 5 weeks. Each week we stayed in a different "cottage/house" and each week we drove hundreds of miles to the next "location" (one being an island requiring 2 ferries). My sister insisted we stay in the Highlands the entire time, so we were always north. (she hasn't yet forgotten the Highland Clearances nor ever plans to). This sealed the deal, I completely wanted to live there! As it wasn't a sight-seeing trip and just a chance to really live there, I have a deep-seated love for Scotland and its beautiful terrain unlike any other place on earth!

To top all that off, my husband and my destination of choice for our honeymoon was none other than Scotland. We flew into London, rented a car, and drove leisurely up to Eilean Shona (an island that doesn't even allow automobiles on it, it's so small/quaint!). But more later, I must keep my audience interested!!!

7 comments:

Katie said...

I am always interested!

I have been a little MIA this past week, so I had some catching up to do. I am sorry that January's cycle didn't work out. Here's to having a miracle before then. . . or just holding on 'til April.

A stupid question, can't they freeze his sperm?

andrea_jennine said...

Sigh. You make me want to go back to England & Scotland! I haven't been since 2000, and I'm dying to get Aaron there.

WISHING...HOPING...and PRAYING said...

how exciting. i hope you get to go back. see my most recent post (tag!) for a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers. :)

Caro said...

Sigh. I miss Scotland, we lived in Glasgow for 4½ years and spent many weekends in the mountains.

Searching said...

Sounds blissful! I LOVE to travel, esp to Europe. London was our honeymoon, so always holds a special place in my heart. I'd love to hear more about each and every one of your adventures!

CAM said...

wow! That sounds so exciting. It sounds like a wonderful place for you.
Thanks so much for your kind words on my site during a horrible time. The support that I get from everyone means the world.
You guys are the best!
:)

LJ said...

I went to Oxford when I visited across the pond in 1998. I broke into their library so I could check email. Some things never change :)