Thursday, January 28, 2016

Honeymoon Part Two: Wallace National Monument & Doune Castle

Hello hello everyone!
Time for part two of my honeymoon in Scotland

Michael is from Clan Wallace so we absolutely HAD to go see the Wallace National Monument. However, none of the guide books informed us that it was 246 steps up a spiraling staircase, but it was stunning.

View from the bottom
 The monument was huge and all those pillars on the left side? That's the staircase

Michael with William Wallace's sword....or so they say
This picture still doesn't do the sword justice, it was gigantic

One of the rooms you visited on your way to the top was full of weaponry and it was awesome to look at

View of Stirling Bridge
 If you know any Scottish history, the battle of Stirling Bridge was William Wallace's famous battle and they explained exactly where it was when you're at the top of the tower.

Panoramic view from the top, doesn't do the beauty of it any justice

When we were planning our trip to Scotland I looked up a bunch of cool places to see. I'm a huge fan of the Starz show Outlander that was filmed in Scotland, but there was one castle that it's especially famous for, Castle Leoch, or in reality, Doune Castle.

Castle Leoch

Doune Castle
I kid you not, I just about cried when I saw it. I was so excited to see where they had filmed everything.

Panoramic of the courtyard
Doune Castle was never finished so it's actually quite small, but it was so beautiful to see.
And if you've ever seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail you might recognize this wall
I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
Yes, the entire movie was filmed at this castle too. Our whole audio guide was done by John Cleese and Michael and I could barely stop laughing the entire time.

View from the top
By the castle there is this beautiful river so Michael and I went exploring down by it

Well, that's it for part two! Stay tuned for part 3!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Honeymoon Part One: Edinburgh & Stirling Castle

Hello everyone!
I'm finally (FINALLY) getting around to posting about the honeymoon.
Michael and I went to Scotland for the first time and it was amazing. I can't even describe how beautiful the country is.
We stayed in Edinburgh and our second day we went to Stirling to see Stirling Castle.

Flying to Scotland
The flight to Scotland was not nearly as bad as I was anticipating. I brought my ipad to watch movies on, but United now has screens on the back of the seats so you can watch movies for free. We flew over Ireland, but it was so covered in clouds we couldn't see it (can't wait to go there). We arrived in Scotland at 8am and I was literally bouncing in my seat I was so excited. We drove to our B&B hours earlier than our check-in, but thank god the innkeepers were so nice they let us check in and put our bags in our room.

The B&B we stayed in

First tea in Scotland
We took the bus into Edinburgh center and stopped somewhere I had looked up to get some tea and wifi. I loved that anywhere you got jam they came in these tiny individual jars. Part way through the day I was ready for a nap (never slept on the plane) so we went back to the B&B and passed out. Both of us have never slept so hard in our lives!

The next day we drove out to Stirling which is about 30 minutes northwest of Edinburgh to see Stirling Castle.
The drive to Stirling Castle

View of the entrance to Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle
Real clothing from way back when

Stirling Castle has been restored and made to be a historical monument so it had a ton of historical stuff in it. It was really exciting to see all these old artifacts and how the castle looked way back when.

View of the Wallace National Monument
(the building on the hill)
Stay tuned for part 2!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Big Day: The Reception

The last installment and the longest!
Missed the first 3? Getting ReadyCeremony, and Photos

 Fighting with "lightsabers"

 He tried to get cake on me
 And got a face shove in retaliation

 Our first dance was to "Lucky" by Colbie Calliat and Jason Mraz
 I danced my father-daughter dance with the 3 most important guys in my life minus my husband. Top to bottom: Middle brother, oldest brother, and stepdad
Song: My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
 I got all teary
Song: Simple Man by Shinedown

 My sis-in-law will hate me for putting this on here, sorry Nichole!

 Still doing the sassy Zumba face and directing dances at my wedding

Thanks for tuning in guys!