Exploring: World of Wings

Exploring: World of Wings

Exploring: World of Wings

For Christmas this year, I opted for an untraditional gift for my husband. Instead of a tie or a watch or some other ultimately useless thing, I gifted him a Bird of Prey experience at World of Wings in Cumbernauld, Scotland.

Exploring: World of Wings

I married a man who happens to love animals more than people. I’m quite convinced he’d happily trade me in for a dog if he could figure out how to get the dog to make dinner. This gift was better than any single thing I could have bought him for a store. He was gloriously happy.

Exploring: World of Wings

I found a deal on Groupon to make his experience more affordable. They seem to run offers on a fairly regular basis in the winter months. I’m betting that if you want to go in the summer, you’ll have to pay full price.

Exploring: World of Wings

I was able to pay regular admission for myself and visit their entire collection of birds. I also got to take photos while Geoff got to handle some of the beautiful birds they care for. 

Exploring: World of Wings

If you want to do one of these hands-on experiences, you’ll need to book ahead, but if you just want to see the birds and watch a flying demonstration, you can stop by any time during their opening hours.

Exploring: World of Wings

It snowed the weekend we went, so the 15 minute walk from the train station was a bit more unpleasant than it might otherwise have been. If you have the ability to drive there, I’d recommend it, but it is reachable by public transport.

Exploring: World of Wings

We also grabbed a quick breakfast between the handling and the flying demonstration, and the food was better than I expected.

Exploring: World of Wings

If you’re an animal lover in the Glasgow area, I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for a deal at World of Wings. It was a lovely, if very cold, day well-spent.

Exploring: London

Exploring: London

Exploring: London

We recently spent about 30 hours in London, and I think we walked about 25 miles in that time. It was a whirlwind and simultaneously overwhelming and wonderful.

Exploring: London

London is not known for being an affordable city, so if you need to book a hotel, you’ll probably have to be a bit outside the city center. We tried to avoid using the London Underground, but that didn’t work out. Still, I’d recommend going on foot as much as you can. I promise there will be something amazing to see.

Exploring: London

If you’re looking for a place to eat, use Yelp and filter for the lowest price setting. If you just step off the main road a bit, you’ll find something delightful and tasty.

Exploring: London

Definitely the coolest thing we did while we were in London was a Jack the Ripper walking tour. Technically, it’s free, and it wouldn’t have been that difficult to wander off at the end without leaving a tip. Of course, since my husband has worked in the tourism industry, we know how much that infuriates a tour guide who’s put a lot of passion into their tour. And I loved our tour guide. I feel like a jerk for not remembering her name, but she was amazing and the tour was fascinating. Check it out if you’re in London.

Exploring: London

My favorite thing about this city is the mash up of ancient, modern, and everything in between. There’s a high rise metal monstrosity right next to a pre-colonial building. Peek down a side street and you’ll see a Lewis Carroll pub. There’s a Gourmet Burger Kitchen literally next door to a prison museum. It’s crazy, and I love it.

Exploring: London

London was very crowded, so stopping to take photos proved a bit tricky. I still managed to snap a few moderately interesting shots. It was all so awesome, though, that I mostly just desperately wanted to see it with my own eyes. I don’t think I could live here, but there’s so much I want to see and do in London, I know we’ll be back.

Exploring: London

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

We had the chance to take the train down to Rishton and Clitheroe recently, which is just outside of Blackburn in Lancashire. You know, of the 10,000 holes. My husband’s family lives there, and he was thrilled to get to spend a bit of time back in his hometown and visit some of his family members he hadn’t seen in years. 

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Clitheroe is a the cutest little suburb I’ve ever seen. We took a stroll through the castle grounds then wandered down to the Edisford Bridge. My sister-in-law also took us for a walk along the river behind her house. They just let you walk through anybody’s field here, apparently, and the cows don’t seem to mind at all.

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

If you should find yourself in this charming town, I suggest you pop in to The Emporium for lunch. I had a tasty ham and cheese panini and was sorely tempted by the cheese and pate platter. This restaurant is also half antique shop, so lots of the furniture and decor are for sale. It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely pretty.

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Exploring: Clitheroe, England

Clitheroe is a sweet little town, and I hope I’ll get to show you a lot more awesome places in the future. As long as my husband doesn’t get too annoyed with my constant photo snapping. Stay awesome, kids.

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