Alnwick & Edinburgh :: Annual trip with La Familia

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“I literally couldn’t find a single quote online containing Alnwick”
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Alnwick (pronounced “Annick”) is a charming, exceedingly British place about 2 hrs drive south-east of Edinburgh. Barbro wanted to go there because of the botanical garden and the renowned Treehouse Restaurant. Since it was her turn to decide on a place to go this year, off we went. Because Alnwick is rather small we decided to base ourselves in Edinburgh (Old Waverley hotel in Princes Street is a good hotel with a perfect location for a base) and make a road trip out of it. So the Friday was spent visiting Edinburgh Castle (I’d been to Edinburgh three times before, never saw the castle #ForShame), tasting some whisky, petting an owl called Tea(!!) and shopping. On Saturday we got up super early, fetched our hired car from EuropCar at Waverley Station and drove down for our lunch appointment at the Treehouse.

We were so lucky with the weather this weekend it’s almost ridiculous. Pretty much sunny the entire time, I had to put my hood up on my jacket once.

Anyway, to make a potentially longwinded post shorter: I recommend a trip to Alnwick Gardens. Bring the kids, include the castle (it doubled as the castle in Harry Potter 1 & 2) and eat lunch or dinner at the Treehouse, the food and the atmoshpere was lovely!
Make sure to make a reservation! We initially wanted dinner, but had to settle for lunch because they were fully booked. They often host weddings and such too, which makes if even more difficult to get a table.

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Safely arrived in Edinburgh, had to buy sunglasses because we lucked out on the weather \o/

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The view from Edinburgh Castle

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La Familia ❤

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A little bit of history told in Edinburgh Castle. The exhibitions are really good and you get to see the Crown Jewles of Scotland (no pics allowed though).

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Band photo! Like Marie says: “We ARE a band… we just don’t release any music.” ;-D

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Get your bearings…

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Edinburgh Castle Dog Cemetery O.o

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10 minutes of rain!

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This little lady is named Tea, and she’s 15 years old. She likes humans ❤

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Someone’s got a taste for the deep fried mars bar… O.o

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David Bann vegetarian restaurant. I definitely recommend it, fantastic food!

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Driving on the wrong side of the roooaad \o/\o/\o/\o/

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Alnwick Garden Treehouse Restaurant

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The surroundings are great for kids… Rope bridges high in the trees and plenty of space to goof around.

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“Great for kids”… ;-P

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Alnwick Gardens

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The Poison Garden – you have to join a tour if you want in because they’re worried you’ll eat all the Khat.

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Donation box in the Poison Garden ;-D ;-D

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Must. Not. Eat…

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Guideman John know a bit too much about all these plants O.o

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Alnwick Castle!

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Failed attempt at band photo…

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Band photo!!

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Downton Abbey also recorded a bit here.

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Harry Potter fans

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And our own Harry Potter fan ❤

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Alnwick Gardens Swingers Club 2016

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Humpty Dumpty

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This is what happens when none of us is Arthur…

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Such important. Very duckface.

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