Christmas & NYE festivities in the UK

I spent Christmas in London and then Edinburgh for New Years Eve (with Oxford and Glasgow in between) and it was great to enjoy the festivities and end 2013 with a bang. Looking forward to how 2014 unfolds!
London
I spent a few days with Liz and David in London and it was nice to spend Christmas with family! Also caught up with Emily and Kate there which was lovely.
Liz, David & I at Trafalgar Square
Westham vs Arsenal Game
Arsenal = winners!
London Eye
Liz & I at Trafalgar Square
Kings Cross Station
English Police office
Oxford
I did a day trip to Oxford and it is only about an hour and half from London. I loved getting away from the hustle and bustle of London and visiting this old, historical city. I did a free walking tour of the city to learn more about the city. Oxford University is the oldest university in the Western world and it was so fascinating to see it and learn more about it. I also visited Christ Church, Radcliffe Camera, Oxford Castle, British History and Science museum (free entry), Ashmolean museum (Britain’s first public museum and also free entry) and stroll around the beautiful city.
Christ Church
                          Inside Christ Church – like the scenes from Harry Potter
Radcliffe Camera

Edinburgh

A group of us Australian girls from Aarhus planned to be in Edinburgh for New Years. After my dilemmas at London getting to the airport (all buses were sold out as no trains were running to Gatwick) and the hostel scam situation in Edinburgh, we were lucky enough to find accommoddation at Budget Backpackers. We had a great time exploring Edinburgh including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Grass Market and Candle Makers row, checking out the Elephant House where JK Rowling brought Harry Potter alive, drinking like the locals, joining in the torch procession, climbing Arthur’s Seat as well as celebrating and welcoming the new year at the Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

Edinburgh Castle
Elephant House
Streets of Edinburgh
Edinburgh views
Torch Procession up Princes St
Beautiful Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat
                                                                      Arthur’s Seat
                                                                Drinks on NYE
                                                                         Fireworks
                                                               Happy New Year!
Glasgow
On New Years Day, I caught the bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow. Unfortunately, the weather in Glasgow was pretty much rainy for the less than 2 days I was there which made it hard to explore. I checked myself into a hotel and had a well needed rest (i.e. 14 hours of sleep) after NYE.
Walked along River Clyde and towards People’s Place and the gardens there. Must go to Mother India’s Cafe for a tapas style meal – I had the butter chicken, chilli king prawns and naan. I feel like Glasgow is a city where you need to know people to take you to cool places and hidden gems!
Glasgow City Chambers

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