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Jun282013

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London Eye: Skip the Line Tickets

London, United Kingdom

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4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Went on the London Eye with my daughter and it was much better than expected. I wasn't thrilled with the idea at first but she really wanted to do it, so we purchased the skip the line tickets before traveling over to the London. The "regular" line to board the Eye was quite long and with these tickets we were able to skip that and board a capsule within 10 minutes of arriving.

The Eye itself is a pretty impressive engineering feat and the view on the 25 minute trip is terrific.

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  • On the London Eye

Jun262013

Tour/Activity

London Pass

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Overall a very good value - gets you into many of the sites that you would "normally" want to visit when in London - the Tower, Westminster Abbey, Thames cruise, etc. If you are really obsessive-compulsive about seeing "everything", then you'd be a fool not to get this pass!

Only complaint about the pass was collecting it in London. We had their directions and took the tube to the right stop but had trouble finding where it was. It ended up being a large kiosk located on the median in the road and I eventually just happened to see a "London Pass" sign there. Once I got the passes, it was easy to use.

Jun252013

Tour/Activity

Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

Inverness, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My daughter and I went on this day trip from Inverness and, while it is a long day trip, it was well worth it.

The bus ride from Inverness to John O'Groats goes along the coast with nice views of the north sea and the ferry over to Orkney is a relatively short jaunt. Once on Orkney, you board the coach that will take you around for the day. The bus driver was very entertaining, knowledgeable and obviously loved showing off his island.

We had good weather (which I'm sure helps), but the trip would have been good regardless. The scenery was beautiful and the island has a long history of human activity. We drove around Scapa Flow (where the Brits kept the bulk of their military fleets during WWI and WWII) and learned about the Churchill barriers. Ate a quick lunch in Kirkwall and took a stroll around 800 year old St. Magnus Cathedral (Orkney has a long scandinavian history) and made our way around the island. We took the tour of Skara Brae, the 5000 year old stone-age settlement that was unearthed and excavated starting in the 1920s, and walked around the Ring of Brodgur (a neolithic henge) where you are still allowed to walk freely among the stones, unlike Stonehenge. Final stop was the Italian Chapel - a small church built by italian POWs during WWII, that is amazing considering that it was put together with mostly second hand materials.

Overall, the trip was fantastic - it provides a way of seeing most of the notable parts of Orkney in a day. Short of staying on the island for a few days (which this trip makes me think about doing), this was a great way to get over to Orkney and see the fascinating sites.

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  • House on Orkney
  • Inside the Italian Chapel
  • Skara Brae

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