Five Reasons to Visit Scotland in May

Scotland is spectacular year-round but when is the best time to visit? My vote is for May- here's why:         1.) LAMBS! They are everywhere! They are so stinkin' CUTE! I burst into squeals of joy as we drive down the single track road almost hitting a lorry (truck)- they are totes adorbs!! … Continue reading Five Reasons to Visit Scotland in May

Way up in Orkney: Those Islands off the Northcoast.

I didn't have a huge hankerin' to go to the Orkneys but friends really wanted to go, so we though we'd give it a whirl. We were glad we did.. There was the nice drive up the coast from Inverness to John O'Groats.. yes thats the name of the town on the northern most tip … Continue reading Way up in Orkney: Those Islands off the Northcoast.

More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

We came to Switzerland to hike. We are not super fit, but we have boots and lots of good ideas so it was going to epic, right? Well actually, yes, it was epic. That is the kind of place Switzerland is. The Swiss have, for centuries, been making the Alps accessible to normal people-- and … Continue reading More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

Chasing the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in Switzerland

The timing of our Switzerland trip worked out so that we could see  Stage 17 of the Tour de France as it was taking a 'de-tour' through Switzerland! Amazingly I found cheap lodging near the route so our scheming began. Every Tour stage has 2 parts: the caravan and the actual race. The caravan parade consists … Continue reading Chasing the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in Switzerland

Switzerland: Steep Tiny Villages with Cheese.

Our Swiss adventure began in July. This was my first time in the Alps and I was SO excited to glimpse them from the plane!  When we landed in Geneva, we grabbed a train to Bex, just south of Aigle. As we passed along Lake Geneva through Lausanne and Montreux, I was astonished at the … Continue reading Switzerland: Steep Tiny Villages with Cheese.

7 Easy Steps to a Surprise Birthday in a Castle in Scotland

Step 1: Move to Scotland so you aren't so disappointed when it rains on your fantasy getaway. Your special someone will already be acclimated and remark at how its only raining a little bit and "not blowing sideways so its actually pretty nice out".  50 shades of gray has been a big hit here for … Continue reading 7 Easy Steps to a Surprise Birthday in a Castle in Scotland

Driving Out Loud

When careening down the 'wrong' side of a curvy road in the hinterlands and suddenly coming upon a busy roundabout, sounds emerge from one’s mouth reflexively that resemble a bad impersonation of a humpback whale. (picture Dori in Finding Nemo) Upon the counsel of the brave man riding shotgun in the left-sided passenger seat, courage … Continue reading Driving Out Loud

Light, Shadow and ‘Celebrity’ in St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, even for the amateur photographer like me, was a bonanza! We went inside on a bit of a treasure hunt. Hubs had said there was a mystery inside but he could not tell me what it was... We were lucky to be there as the sun was playing on the … Continue reading Light, Shadow and ‘Celebrity’ in St. Giles Cathedral

John Knox in parking space 23

I did not plan to finish this post so close to All Saint's Day and All Hallow's Eve but that's the way it went. One obvious thing that hits you when you move to Scotland is just how old everything is. We attended a service the other night commemorating the 500th anniversary of the death … Continue reading John Knox in parking space 23

Half-baked Thoughts on Edinburgh

I was warned before we went to Edinburgh this past weekend that it is the most beautiful city in the world or at least one of them.  A warning was in order because I had never visited there and we do not live in Edinburgh but in Aberdeen. Hubs was worried that once we visited Edinburgh, … Continue reading Half-baked Thoughts on Edinburgh