In 2018, we got to go on a trip of a lifetime to visit London and most of Ireland. My Mother-in-law planned the most incredible trip and we are forever grateful for that experience. Visiting in the summer was perfect because the days were so long and we got to explore so much each day. Although both England and Ireland are known for having rainy overcast days, it didn’t rain once on our entire trip. The photographer in me was so happy to be able to photograph such beautiful areas on sunny days.
We took two flights to get to London. Our Aer Lingus flight was overnight and so relaxing for someone who doesn’t like flying. The airline provides each passenger with their own tv with a ton of shows, movies, music, and games preloaded on. The gave us a little blanket and tea before bed and our dinner at the beginning of the flight and breakfast in the morning was really good. They accommodated my gluten allergy so well and it truly was a comfortable six-hour flight. Our second flight to London was super quick. I remember trying to sleep a little bit because I was still tired and the little kid sitting behind me kept kicking my chair. After a few minutes, I opened my eyes and was ready to ask the dad to make his kid stop kicking me, but as I opened my eyes, I saw the London Eye from our window! It was so cool to see that from our flight and it’s one of my favorite photos. So I’m thankful for that kid waking me up in time to see it! It’s a cell phone photo because I literally had two seconds to grab it, but I’ve included it below.
When we arrived at Heathrow, we took a train to Paddington Station. We dropped our things off at our rental home and grabbed breakfast at The Swan that was right on our street. We experienced our first traditional English breakfast and then walked around Hyde Park. Check out the cutest ice cream truck below! Hyde Park was so beautiful and peaceful. I noticed right away, that most of the dogs in London were not on leashes. It was so strange to me, but all the little pups just wandered around and trailed behind their owners. When their owners went into stores, they sat outside the door and waited. You’ll see a photo of that below.
Since we all had a little jet lag, the best way to see the city was by Bus Tour. Most of the photos below were taken on the Bus Tour. As a total side note, I watched The Parent Trap (1998 version) thousands of times as a kid. I can probably still quote the entire movie verbatim today. If you were obsessed with the movie like I was, there is a photo below where “There she goes……” will pop into your head.
Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing with you a little photo tour of what we saw each day!
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Day 1 : Arriving in London/HydePark/BusTour
Day 2 : Abbey Road Studios/ Sherlock Holmes Museum/ Portobello Market / Thames River Cruise http://jilllynnphotography.com/day-two-abbey-road-studios-…/
Day 3+4 : Irish Ferry to Dublin Seaport / Temple Bar / St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Day 5 : Enniskerry / Powerscort Garden / Kilkenny
Day 6 : Rock of Cashel / Blarney Castle / Rossbeigh Beach
Day 7 : Kells Bay Gardens / The Cliffs of Moher
Day 8 : Dunguaire’s Castle /Ashford Castle / Kilronin Castle
Day 9 : Donegal / Horn Head / Marble Hill Beach
Day 10 : Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge / The Dark Hedges