The countryside of Scotland, the grazing sheep, mixed with castles, cathedrals and the little villages we passed through, made this my very favorite part of the trip.  If I could go back and spend more time in one place, it would be Edinburgh. On our way to Edinburgh we stopped at Hadrian’s Wall, had lunch at the Three Tuns Pub, and stood in two countries at once.

Me beside Hadrian's Wall

Me beside Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

Neighborhood near the wall.

Neighborhood near the wall.

It amazed me throughout the trip, that the old, the older and the new just seemed to blend beautifully into the scenery.

A great time at the pub, where we had our first fish and chips.

A great time at the pub, where we had our first fish and chips.

Paul, Trudy and Wilma having lunch at Three Tuns Pub.

Paul, Trudy and Wilma having lunch at Three Tuns Pub.

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips with “English” Peas

Pat, our Edinburgh tour guide.

Pat, our Edinburgh tour guide.

Pat led us up the hill to see the Edinburgh Castle.

Top of the world.

Top of the world.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

No one can harm me unpunished.

No one can harm me unpunished.

After a brief tour of the castle courtyard, we were freezing in the wind and ducked into “The Tea Room,” where I had the most delicious cup of tea, complete with milk. I’m a changed woman.  I also had my very first scone and I truly felt my English roots. Since returning, I’m already planning my own afternoon tea time with friends and I will learn how to make scones.

Tea Room at Edinburgh Castle

Tea Room at Edinburgh Castle

These small teapots were just perfect and we began a search to find our own individual porcelain beauties, but came home empty handed. Of course, you can find teapots all over, but I wanted one that was just for my own personal tea time. These little pots held about two cups. I’m still searching.