Self Drive in UK : An Impromptu Stop at English-Scottish Border

Scotland UK consists of 4 countries, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The size of Scotland is about the size of Hokkaido Island in Japan.  It is located the northern part of UK.  Alexander Graham Bell, the great inventor who is actually a native Scottish, invented telephone who immigrated to North America.  And if you …

Self Drive in UK : Edinburgh – capital of Scotland

Weather was no good when we woke up, it was raining non-stop.  Luckily the rain was not very heavy.  We know we need to drive for at least 3 hours before reaching our destination, Edinburgh – the capital for Scotland. When I think of Scotland I think of men wearing skirts. We passed by a …

Western Europe 8 : Brussels Belgium

Brussels Belgium Brussels is the place where Audrey Hepburn, the actress in Roman Holiday was born. Also, the famous artist for Tin Tin is from here.  If you are lucky you can find some cartoon artists’ painting on the mural in Brussels neighborhood. Atomium This is an international tourist attraction for Belgium.  This building symbolizes …

Self Drive in UK : Windermere – Largest Lake in England

Weather is brilliant in England, on the way to Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.  Blue sky green field really an awesome day and you just never get tired of that. Passed by some old buildings and shoot some pictures from the car.  You know there are so many nice architecture building all over …

Self Drive in UK : The Beatles Story in Liverpool

How far from London to Liverpool?  It is about 4 hours, 220 miles.  But our origin is Warwick, about 2.5 hour.  Saw some modern windmill along the highway to Liverpool.  I find them very pretty sit on the plain. We stopped by a rest area, they called it “service” in UK after driving for an …

Self Drive in UK : Shakespeare’s home town, Stratford

Finding Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon This town has many tourists around the globe and we could immediately felt that when we walked into the town center.  Introducing the old place which is the birthplace and new place of Shakespeare’s home.  We started our walking from the old place to the new place. This is the birthplace …

Western Europe 7 : Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam is famous for its canals, beautiful houses, “coffee shops” and Red Light District.  Having a canals cruise is a must to enjoy the introduction of the whole city.  Oh yes, this is a bicycle land too, thousands of bicycles ride on the street of Amsterdam which may shock you.  In fact, riding bikes …

Self Drive in UK : Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire – voted as one of the prettiest village in England

Bourton-on-the-Water at Cotswolds Bourton-on-the-Water is voted as one of the most beautiful village in England.  It is about 2 hour drive from London and about one hour drive from Gloucester. This is one of the famous painting showing Bourton-on-the Water, sold in puzzle form in the souvenir shop. Tea Room/ Tea house in English Village As …

Self Drive in UK : Gloucester Cathedral – Flash back Harry Potter scene shots

Gloucester city is about 2 hour drive from London, about 113 miles.  We drove from Cardiff in Wales, just about an hour drive – 63 miles.  Why go Gloucester? This is a pretty small and quiet town which I like it very much.  I always like smaller town as there are not many people to …

Self Drive in UK : St Fagans Museum Cardiff in Wales

St Fagans Museum – Popular among local tourists St Fagans Museum is located a bit outskirt of Cardiff city, about 15 mins drive. The museum is popular among the local tourists, especially for families with young kids and school excursion.  We are the only foreign visitors on that day. The museum is an open air …