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Claire Came to Visit!

Claire, my wonderful sister-in-law, came to visit the week after Thanksgiving and we had such a blast introducing her to England! It's been so long since I've seen my siblings or siblings-in-law, and it was so nice to spend a week with Claire. We visited York, the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Birmingham, and London.

Doyles Take England: Devon and Exmoor National Park

Three nights in Devon with lots of hiking! Devon has coastline in both the north and the south, touching both the Bristol Channel and the English Channel. We stayed in a small town called Lynton in the northern part of the county, very close to Somerset, with views over the Bristol Channel. Exmoor National Park is in North Devon, and we planned to explore that area during our stay. Everything about this area was beautiful...

Doyles Take England: the Cotswolds

Oh, the dreamy Cotswolds! Connor, his parents, Penny and I based ourselves at a B&B in Ablington, a tiny village with a small river, a manor house, and only a few roads. To say I envied Isabel, our hostess, would be an understatement. Her setup is dreamy. She hosts visitors in a gorgeous, traditional 3 bedroom stone house where she moved after she ran out of patience with London. She works from home, her horse boards down the road, and her dog accompanies her everywhere.

Edinburgh - Thanksgiving Road Trip Part II

On our first day in Edinburgh we hiked up Arthur's Seat, stared in wonder at the view, and explored Holyrood Park. The boys conducted their own city-wide pub crawl and I explored as many corners of the city as I could reach on foot. The castle is gorgeous, shops fantastic, and streets beautiful!