“England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 and Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿”

This was my first international trip. I had a point-and-shoot camera at the time, and unfortunately, this camera caught on fire, during a charging session. I’m so glad the hotel did not burn down! Normally, one could say, “ah, but you still have your memories.” Also unfortunately, I was within the first year of a traumatic Brain Injury, so I do not have a lot of memories of the trip. So, I wish I had more photos, and knew more about what each photo is all about. Regardless, I have compiled all I have of this three-country adventure with my mom, my grandmother, my sister and myself.

I loved Scotland and have always dreamed of going back one day. Now that I travel full-time (skipping forward in my life many, many years since this trip), I do plan on returning to Scotland with my husband within the next year or so. I know I loved Scotland, but I need a do-over with good notes and memories, since my memory did improve over the years, to a certain degree.

England, is also a really great place, and I have since returned to this country several times, since this first time. There is one more place, I want to go to in England, and that is Cornwall. We will also try to do another trip in the same timeframe as returning to Scotland.

Wales was nice, but it really did not stand out to me, like the other country visits did. I do not have plans for a return.

The best part of this trip would be that it was a family affair. My grandmother was in her 90’s during this trip, and not long after this, she would develop detention. She was quite the traveler in her retirement year; both my grandmother and grandfather, and I defiantly got the travel bug from from my grandma. It was special to have gotten to take a trip all together while she was still able.

I knew this would not be my first and last international adventure. I also knew I needed another camera, before I took another trip.

Stonehenge, England. The highlight of England for me. I felt a warmth and a vibe on the grounds of Stonehenge
Stonehenge is a unique prehistoric monument, lying at the centre of an outstandingly rich archaeological landscape. An extraordinary source for the study of prehistory, it holds a pivotal place in the development of archaeology. Many different theories have been put forward about who built it, when, and why.
For centuries, historians and archaeologists have puzzled over the many mysteries of Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that took Neolithic builders an estimated 1,500 years to erect. Located in southern England, it is comprised of roughly 100 massive upright stones placed in a circular layout. 
While many modern scholars now agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground, they have yet to determine what other purposes it served and how a civilization without modern technology—or even the wheel—produced the mighty monument. Its construction is all the more baffling because, while the sandstone slabs of its outer ring hail from local quarries, scientists have traced the bluestones that make up its inner ring all the way to the Preseli Hills in Wales, some 200 miles from where Stonehenge sits on Salisbury Plain. 
Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Loch Ness in Scotland
We did not get a chance sighting of the Loch Ness monster. I defiantly would have remembered that, if we had

Some say the tale of the Loch Ness Monster, isn’t a fable at all. Lurking in the dark expanse of Loch Ness in the Highlands, there have been over 1000 eye witness accounts and lots of unexplained evidence that Nessie really does really exist. Scientists remain baffled.
Inside the boat on Loch Ness with my mom
The combination of eye witness accounts formulate these descriptions:
She/He is long and thin, usually green and with black humps. She/he has tail and snake-like head. And, he/she is said to be shy. 
When she/he is emerging from the water, you can just see the body breaking through the waves. You’ll be strangely mesmerised by the sight, and you’ll instantly know that you saw Nessie too. You will see perfect circles of disturbed water that she/he leaves behind, as she swiftly disappears again to the depths of the loch.The iconic Loch Ness is one of the largest and deepest expanses of water in the UK.
Its steep banks plunge to a depth of over 800 ft, and it’s the largest in a string of lochs along the Great Glen.
Situated just south west of Inverness, the “capital of the Highlands,” you can drive along its western edge.
This area is renowned for its dramatic scenery, and is bordered by picturesque villages such as Foyers and Dores.
Nearby is the beautiful and world-famous Urquhart Castle, great for a romantic day out, and in the town of Drumnadrochit, you can visit Loch Ness Center and Exhibition and Nessieland, to learn more about the loch’s natural history, myths and mysteries.
You can also take a closer look at Nessie by hopping aboard a boat cruise from various locations on the loch.
We were told this quaint village was used for some filling of Harry Potter
Brighton Beach, England
Bath, England
City of Bath
Founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant town with neoclassical Palladian buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths.
The city of Bath in South West England was founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa. It became an important center for the wool industry in the Middle Ages, but in the 18th century under the reigns of George l, II and III, it developed into an elegant spa city, famed in literature and art.
The City of Bath is of outstanding universal value for the following cultural attributes: The Roman remains, especially the Temple of Sulis Minerva and the baths complex (based around the hot springs at the heart of the Roman town of Aquae Sulis, which have remained at the heart of the City’s development ever since) are amongst the most famous and important Roman remains north of the Alps, and marked the beginning of Bath’s history as a spa town.
When taking a ride through the countryside of Scotland, I remember seeing the beautiful Rhododendrons in bloom, which dotted the hillside. I thought it was so beautiful. But, I learned the Scots do not like the Rhododendrons and consider them a weed! I grew up in Oregon, and we love our Rhododendrons
This bridge was so old, and still in use, we had to offload the tour bus, so the bus driver could manauver the narrow bridge, empty, making the weight, less, overall
The Queen of Englands hunting Castle in Scotland
Balmoral Castle has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.
In the autumn of 1842, two and a half years after her marriage to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria paid her first visit to Scotland. They were so struck with the Highlands that they resolved to return. A further visit to Perthshire and then Ardverikie encouraged them to seize the opportunity to purchase Balmoral.
After searching enquiries they bought the estate in February of 1848 and in September of 1848, they arrived to take possession of a property they had never seen, but to which they had committed themselves for many years to come. They were not disappointed and when they returned South they opened negotiations for the purchase of the land on which Balmoral stood.

These protracted negotiations were completed in of June 1852, when Balmoral was purchased by Prince Albert. Once the land was purchased they decided to rebuild as the building was no longer adequate for their needs. The architect selected was William Smith, City Architect of Aberdeen. Soon after the family arrived at the Castle, Mr Smith was summoned from Aberdeen in September of 1852.
Prince Albert decided to build a new Castle as the current one was considered too small for the Royal Family. A new site was chosen, 100 yards to the North West of the building, so that they could continue to occupy the old house while the new Castle was under construction. 
The foundation stone for Balmoral Castle was laid by Queen Victoria in September of 1853 and can be found at the foot of the wall adjacent to the West face of the entrance porch. Before the foundation stone was placed in position, Queen Victoria signed a parchment paper, recording the date. This parchment, together with an example of each of the current coins of the realm, was then placed in a bottle, inserted into a cavity below the site prepared for the stone.
The Castle was completed in 1856 and the old building was then demolished. This building is commemorated by a stone which is located on the front lawn at a point opposite the tower and about 100 yards from the path. This stone marks the position of the front door to the demolished castle. 
When Queen Victoria died in 1901 Balmoral Estates passed, under the terms of her will, to King Edward VII, and from him to each of his successors. Balmoral Estates has been more than just a favorite home to successive generations of the royal family.
Although it remains largely the same as it was in Queen Victoria’s reign, successive Royal owners have followed the initiative of Prince Albert in making improvements to the estate.