Highlights from Across the Pond

The week before last I was over in the UK visiting friends that live in London and Scotland. It was my first time to both places and it was great to be able to experience the cities from a local's perspective thanks to my top-notch hosts! Here are some photos, recommendations and musings from the trip...

 
 Tate Modern

Tate Modern

 

London officially earned a spot on my "favorite cities of all time" list. I loved absolutely everything about it and even the city's absurdly high costs weren't enough to rid my face of my unrelenting idiot American smile. 

 Westminster // Marylebone 

Westminster // Marylebone 

 
 Big Ben

Big Ben

 

Some of my top London highlights included...Getting our buzz on while being cultured at the Restaurant at Tate Modern (amazing views as well)... Meandering through St. James Park,  wondering if the ducks had British accents and stopping at every red phone booth for a photo op...

  Avenue  (brunch spot) // London Eye //  SCP  //  APC

Avenue (brunch spot) // London Eye // SCP // APC

Being tempted to drain my bank account while perusing the shops in both Marylebone and Shoreditch (London has an astounding knack for visually merchandising the shit out of everything)...

 
 "Snacks" at Borough Market

"Snacks" at Borough Market

 

Indulging in some pre-brunch "snacks" at Borough Market accompanied by coffee from Monmouth...

 Tate Britain // The Wolseley 

Tate Britain // The Wolseley 

Over-indulging to the nth degree during afternoon tea at The Wolseley...

 
 Hockney at Tate Britain 

Hockney at Tate Britain 

 

Eating our body weight in Indian food on Brick Lane... And finally, strolling the stunningly beautiful corridors of the Tate Britain for a healthy dose of art.

 
 Corridors of Tate Britain 

Corridors of Tate Britain 

 

Oh London, you were so bad for my waistline yet so good for my soul. I miss you dearly. 

 Edinburgh // St. Andrews

Edinburgh // St. Andrews

Next, off to Edinburgh I went. The train ride alone was gorgeous and pulling up into the city, I was convinced I was arriving at Hogwarts. Edinburgh is just so quaint with it's winding cobblestone roads sprinkled with cozy shops, restaurants and pubs. 

 
 St. Andrews

St. Andrews

 

Here are some of my favorite Scotland moments... Meandering through the ruins and along the golf course in St. Andrews... Afterwards, enjoying the best Salmon salad of my life (and quite possibly the only vegetables of the trip) at Mitchell's...

 St. Andrews coastline

St. Andrews coastline

 View from Edinburgh Castle // Flowers in St. Andrews

View from Edinburgh Castle // Flowers in St. Andrews

Strolling the streets of Edinburgh, occasionally (every 30 minutes) popping into cafes for a tea n' scone... Giving a vegetarian version of Haggis a whirl at Blonde (not bad!)... 

 
 St. Andrew's Castle ruins 

St. Andrew's Castle ruins 

 

...Hobnobbing with Edinburg's elite and sipping aggressively strong cocktails at The Balmoral Hotel... And walking the streets of Queensferry and then admiring the entirely charming overuse of tartan inside of the Hawes Inn over a cozy pub-style lunch.

 
 South Queensferry

South Queensferry

 

All in all, the entire trip was a mighty success (in terms of both weight gain and emotional fulfillment). Buckets and buckets of thanks to my gracious hosts and dear friendsErin and Emily. When my digestive system forgives me, I will start planning my next visit.