Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Summer 2007 Holiday

As promised, everyone... pics!

The first day in Scotland we went to Edinburgh - took a train from Glasgow coz it's more convenient rather than to drive. The building behind the boys is the Glasgow Central Station. We were walking to The Queen St. Station to take the train to Edinburgh. It was wet in Scotland, as usual!

A pic taken at the Royal Mile. Edinburgh was full of people as it was the last day of 'The Fringe' i.e. the Edinburgh Festival! Lots of street shows about. There were tattoos and fireworks later in the evening but we didn't stay to watch.

There were even some Korean kids performing dances and playing their traditional instruments there!

The beautiful Edinburgh Castle.

At the back of the pic: The medieval part of town near the castle - pic taken from Princess Street, Edinburgh's high street.

The next day we started for the Highlands, a long journey to Inverness.
We made stop overs to take pics of rivers,

of valleys,

of lochs (the above pic is of Loch Linnhe),

and pics of all of them together as well!

There were castles too!
This one is Castle Urquhart and the Loch behind it is Loch Ness
(no monsters seen about, to the disappointment of the boys!).

We arrived at Inverness near sunset and that night we slept like logs in the Travelodge there. The next day, we drove back down another way, to Perth.

On the way there, we stopped to take a walk in the forest.

And visited a series of waterfalls (The Bruar Falls).

I saw a red toadstool along the forest path that I have only seen on the cover of Enid Blyton books and took a picture of that too!

We spent the night at another Travelodge in Perth and the next day, went to visit Mr S's Alma mater and mine, Morrison's Academy in Crieff, Perthshire.

The entrance to our old school.
(Will inshaAllah post more about the school and our visit later!)

Later that evening, we arrived back in Glasgow and spent the night at our cousin's again.
The next day, our cousin, who was on leave from her busy hospital schedule, had kindly volunteered to take care of the boys while Mr S and I went to shop for a few stuff in Argyle Street in the centre of Glasgow City. What fun it was for us to be relieved of the boys for a few hours!

The boys had fun too with their Auntie, playing 'rolling' (?) amongst other games!

Later in the afternoon, we quickly made a move on back to England.
The children said, "Bye-bye Scotland!" and "Hello England!" :)

We spent the night in Manchester and Mr S decided that first thing he wanted to do the next morning was to visit Liverpool instead!

It was a 40 minutes journey to Liverpool from Manchester and the only reason we went there was to visit Anfield Stadium - home of Mr S's favourite football team!

The children weren't really into football but they 'feigned' (see pic) cheerfulness anyway.
I, however, could not for the life of me see the reason why the people there wanted to take pics with trophies they didn't themselves win...you should see the pics Mr S asked me to snap of him and them trophies!

"But...Why? Why? Why?!!", I had asked him...he he he..just to annoy him, really...

But I got something from the trip anyway.
A yummy bar of White Chocolate (Actually 4 bars..)!
And it tasted really good too!

Later that day, Mr S and I left the boys at our host's and went to the laundrette to get some washing done. We were out of clean clothes by that time, especially the boys'!

The next day, we finally went to Manchester City centre. Took a ride on the big wheel that every city worth its salt (??) seems to have now...The queue was short so we quickly joined the line.
After the ride we did some shopping and later started our journey down to Coventry!

While we were driving in the car, Mr S's mobile vibrated and we both looked at each other for a few seconds because we knew that it was the text message of Mr S's final exam results. We had been anxious the whole day about the results - we knew that a message was going to be sent at 5 pm that day to all candidates who had taken the exams in July. I tried to persuade Mr S to not read the message yet, for concern that he might feel down after reading it but Mr S went on ahead to read it and suddenly yelled "YES!"

Of course, I knew what that meant!

Needless to say, we were quite over the moon after that!

We didn't get much sleep that night because I stayed up to watch CSI but ended up chatting with D instead. All the children played together until quite late too and poor Mr S couldn't sleep because of the coffee in D's lovely tiramisu!

The next day, D and family took us to Coombe Abbey. Had a light lunch there and played some games before adjourning to a halal Thai restaurant - Mr S belanja due to his exam passes!

Alhamdulillah...Burp! :)

And finally, here are some pics of our trip to Coventry...

The Abbey itself, now restored and a hotel, with a wonderful garden in front..

D and the children after feeding the ducks.

D is a very efficient woman, I would let you know...In a trice, after breakfast of roti jala and kari ayam which she made that very morning, she had prepared and packed a light lunch of sandwiches, popiah goreng and the roti jala left overs and also packed some bread crusts to be fed to the ducks at the abbey as an activity for the kids!

Mr S, D and Mr D with the children walking slowly, looking for a place to picnic.

Our children playing in a very interesting play area in the abbey grounds.

A solitary bench for us to rest by the trees..

At the Thai restaurant - D's youngest son taking a picture of my eldest while he was trying to take a picture of him!


D said...

wow - a week's travelling and all in ONE entry!!! wonderful to have you over... no need the praise la.. *blush*

Afif said...

You'll never walk alone too? Cool!

halwafy said...

D: I had to make it all in one entry because Mr S had wanted an entry specifically about Liverpool FC!! And obviously I didn't want to do that!!

Just kidding..but seriously, if I want to go into the details, it's going to be long and several entries...I just thought that it would be better if I just write whichever part that I want whenever I feel like it in the future.

Thanks again for your having us at your place. Don't be a stranger if you come down to London!

Afif: I'm afraid, it's just Mr S who's the fan. The boys haven't really taken any interest yet in football except to kick one in the park and I also like to join them once in a while. That the nearest I go to 'football'..

The Blueberry said...


Sorry for the long absence... Rupa-rupanya dia pergi holiday ye... Oh I'm so jealous!!! :-)

Dad of Four said...

...Congrats Mr S!

Ramadhan Kareem to you and family!

Fish of Pisces @ 5th_E said...

Aiseh! Edinburgh! miss that place! esp Kebab Mahal and Nasi Masjid GBP3 per serving..