Scotland – July 5th

Another night of sleeping in the for the whole family. Amen! We all slept for about 11 hours and it was glorious.

To keep things simple, John picked up breakfast at Cafe Nero (again – it was a block from our hotel) and brought it back to the room. We packed and got ready while we ate breakfast.

We checked out of our room before heading down to Princes Street Garden for some fun.

park 2

We walked, rode the carousel, and played on an outdoor activity center.

ja nd g carousel

park log

George had the best time and was smiling ear to ear.

park

All of this was in the shadow of the towering Edinburgh Castle, making the experience all the more magical.

 on carousel

We finished up our little excursion with a very casual lunch from the park cafe.

cafe

And when I say casual, I mean low key – hot dogs, fries, and fish and chips.

 lunch

After lunch, we packed up the car and made the 1.5 hour drive to St. Andrews. The drive was easy and beautiful. George missed most of it all by napping.

We arrived at the Fairmont St. Andrews and had a very quick check-in. Since we planned to do more relaxing than anything else on this leg of the trip, we splurged and booked a suite for this stay.

We were shown to the Kingdom of Fife Suite and boy was it impressive (more on that later). But we were all feeling so hungry that we immediately went down to Kittock’s Lounge for an afternoon snack. George and John each ordered drinks and we all shared an afternoon tea cart (which came with my tea).

tea

After our snack, we returned to our room to organize and unpack. Naturally, that led to nap time.

Since we couldn’t waste the impressive dining set in our suite we ordered dinner to the room. We over-ordered, yet inhaled almost everything. Blerg.

 dinner

We went for a long walk after dinner and explored the grounds of the hotel. The views from the hotel are truly stunning.

view from room 2

The views from our balcony were also spectacular.

 view from room.jpg

We ended the night with staggered bed and bath time for everyone…after taking in the gorgeous sunset.

sunset

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