I know this post is long over due, but as they say “it’s better late then never” right?
In two weeks my family and I have managed to go to Paris, London, Scotland and Dublin in a very short amount of time. During these trips I tried to record and take as many photos as I could but I either ran out of memory, the battery died or places that I went to did not allow me to turn on any electronics for example; I went to one of Queen Elizabeth II palace and I was unable to turn on any devices I had, I was really upset because it was just jaw dropping gorgeous! But it’s an experience you will just have to see for yourself.
One thing I regret the most about this experience was packing more than I needed. If you’re like me and you love to shop I would recommend you take 2 shirts, 2 pants, and 1 pair of shoes + the clothes you would be wearing during the flight. I say this because if I had more space in my bag I would’ve bought 3 pairs of shoes, 8 shirts, 5 pants and came back to the U.S. with a luggage full of new clothes from Europe. But I couldn’t do that because I only took a carry on bag that had to weigh less than 3 pounds. Why didn’t I take another luggage to put under the plane? I blame Trump for that one! I didn’t want to spend 5 hours going through luggage check and possibly miss my flight, which actually almost happened on my way back to the U.S. by seconds but that’s a whole different story.
Here’s the fun part!
I stayed in London for about 5 days and let me tell you they have some gorgeous buildings, the train station is fun at first until you realize you have to walk to all your destinations, which made me realize how un-fit I was. Their food was really good although, it seemed to always be very sweet no matter what I ordered. Their shopping stores are to d.i.e. for! I mean Urban Outfitters in London was 4 floors my eyes were going crazy trying to look at everything. Also, their fast food restaurants are so much different then ours and I don’t mean the food, I am talking about the layout of their restaurants. Here are some photos I took in London.
Before I could enjoy Paris I was lost for about an hour I couldn’t read/understand anything over there nor did people understand english. But thank goodness my brother was able to figure it out. I didn’t do too much in Paris besides see the main monuments and went back to London. I was there for only a couple of hours, I wish I could’ve stayed longer but my brother had this whole timeline set up for us and we had to catch the train to go back to London at a certain time. But overall it’s just what you see in photos but bigger and better.
When we went to Scotland we stayed at my mothers friends house, which was very nice of her to open her home for us. Homes is Scotland believe it or not look like cottages with really high pointy roofs, they say it snows a lot over there so having a pointy roof is a must that way the snow can fall down. P.S. they have sheeps everywhere and a lot of land. My mothers friend lived about an hour away from the city. My family was able to walk around the neighborhood although I stayed behind and catched up on my sleep. I suffered from major jet lag for about 3 days. It was horrible because I had to wake up early after being able to sleep at 3am but had to get up at 5am. The struggle was real! Here are a few photos I took in Scotland.
Dublin has the nicest people I have ever met in my life! On my way to the hotel which was about 35 minutes away from the airport I was able to somewhat view their city and I say somewhat because it was late at night when we arrived to Dublin. In the middle of the night I was starving and decided to go to Subway which they did have over there, while I was walking to Subway (not alone of course) I walked by what seemed to be a club and I lowkey wanted to go in lol but my sister wasn’t down 🙁 In the morning my brother wanted us to wake up at 5am to tour the city for 3 hours because we had to depart from Dublin to the U.S. at 8am but due to my major jet lag I didn’t wake up and did not get to tour Dublin, what a bummer, hopefully I can visit Dublin again one day.
My Trip Advice to You!
1. One week before your trip create a timeline of what you will do each day, how you will get there and how much time you plan on spending at each site.
2. Print/download a map of the city.
3. If you do not shop as much you may skip #3 if you’re a shopper like me then I recommend packing as lightly as you can and buy whatever else you need/want during your trip.
4. Make sure you do your research and take the necessary items you need if you are traveling outside of the U.S. for instance I had to buy a watts converter because the plugs in Europe are much stronger than the U.S.
5. Make sure you do your research when it comes to the company you will be flying with (call them if you cannot find the answers online). Note that each airline has a different weight limit for carryons and different rules and regulations as well.
6. Take a spare battery for your devices on the go.
and lastly have fun and take a lot of photos so you can show your family and friends.
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