One year ago today Mr. Q and I were in Copenhagen about to board our cruise ship to sail off to Norway, Scotland and England.
We had such an amazing time on that trip (to see all of my travel posts click on ‘travel.’ over to the right under ‘stuff.’). We loved it so much that we tried to do something similar again this year. We had a British Isles cruise all picked out. In addition to visiting some ports in Scotland, it also stopped at several ports in Ireland, a couple of spots in England and even one port on the coast of France.
We were literally minutes away from booking it when Mr. Q remembered that he had some other obligations in May this year that meant the timing wasn’t going to work.
We next looked at the option of going later in the summer, but the price was more than $2,000 higher for the same trip. Yikes! We just couldn’t justify that.
Since then we have tried four more times to book a trip for this year and each one has fallen through for some reason or another. So we decided maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. At least for now. Our travel agent (a.k.a. my mom) is keeping an eye out for some last minute deals, but otherwise maybe we’ll just try again next May.
But in the meantime, I’m feeling a little sad that we aren’t heading off to Ireland this month so I thought I’d re-live our last trip today by sharing some of the beautiful spring gardens that we saw.
Just before we left on our trip last year I was lamenting the fact that I would most likely miss seeing the lilacs bloom in my garden. They last for such a short time, and sure enough I did miss it. But in hindsight, it was really ridiculous to be worried about that. Of course the gardens that I saw on my trip were spectacular, and I saw plenty of lilacs in bloom starting with these in Copenhagen …
And these in Stavanger …
I needn’t have worried about missing the last of the tulips either. I saw plenty of tulips everywhere we went. Hot pink tulips in Copenhagen …
Yellow tulips in Kristiansand …
And these gorgeous red and white tulips at Dunrobin Castle.
I’m guessing that the growing climate in Norway, Denmark and Scotland is very similar to ours in Minnesota because I saw lots of plants that I recognized and that I grow in my own gardens, like hostas and allium.
But there were a few I wasn’t sure about, like this blooming shrub in Stavanger …
I’m guessing that is some sort of rhododendron or azalea? Does anyone recognize it?
Here’s a close up of the flowers, which grow in a cluster.
I also didn’t recognize this blooming tree I saw in Kristiansand, Norway.
And I’m not at all sure what this pretty wildflower in Flåm is, but I think it might be called Spring Beauty.
Some flowers were unique to the areas we were in, like the Scotch broom.
and the Scottish Bluebells.
Although we saw this flower in Bergen too, so I don’t think Scotland can totally claim it as their own.
We enjoyed fields of wildflowers everywhere, like this one in Flåm, Norway.
We saw huge formal gardens in the French style at Dunrobin Castle.
And a little smaller but still formal garden at the Beamish.
And charming little kitchen gardens at the Beamish also.
You know what I just realized? Writing this blog post is not helping. Now I’m wishing even more that we were heading off to sail around the British Isles this week! Dang!
Well, at least I won’t miss seeing the lilacs bloom in my own garden this year. How about you, any fantastic summer travel plans for 2018? I’d love to hear about them, so be sure to leave a comment so I can live vicariously through you!