Unfortunately my blog wasn't working for several weeks, so I haven't been able to update until now. I'm unable to post photographs, too, so you'll just have to deal with the written narrative.
London was great, as always, and it was nice to see my mom again! The weather was absolutely sweltering, and people were even fainting in the Underground. My mom and I avoided the tubes, but this means we had to either shell out the cash for taxis, or... walk. Walking is fine in small doses, but we made the mistake of trying to walk from Waterloo to the Tower of London - it took us about two hours! The Tower of London was fantastic, though, I've wanted to visit for years and it didn't fail to disappoint.
After several days in London we took the Eurostar across the channel to Paris. Paris was extremely hot, too. I don't know if I like Paris as much as London, but then again, I've spent more time in London. I got to visit the Opera Garnier and saw a ballet there.
When we returned to England, we rented a car and drove up to Scotland. My mom did admirably well driving a car of the left side of the road, although we did get honked at a few times. We spent three nights in York, an ancient Roman city with loads of old buildings and a lot of ghost stories. I dragged my poor mother to a ghost tour, which was a lot of fun - the guide was very knowledgable and didn't do any hokey tricks.
After York we went to Edinburgh. I've never been to Scotland before and it was really beautiful. We went on the most famous ghost tour in the world, and unfortunately had no supernatural occurrences, despite the guide warning us that people have been taken off his tour in an ambulance! We went horseriding in the highlands, which was a ton of fun and had beautiful scenery.
We crossed Scotland to Glasgow, which I didn't enjoy so much as Edinburgh. Admittedly, we didn't get to see a lot of Glasgow because we spent a full day up at the Loch Lomond Highland Games, which were fun but, yet again, very hot! I don't think I've ever heard so many bagpipes in my entire life.
After Scotland we made our way back down to England's Lake District, which was gorgeous and... you guessed it... hot. But I think the weather was cooling down at this point and it actually rained, which helped to get rid of some of the heat and dust.
At this point, despite enjoying our trip, my mom and I were getting a bit weary so it was nice to get back to my grandma's house and relax for a while!