Archive | September, 2015

Coasting Along…

 

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For the past 8 days, we’ve been hugging the North Sea coast in England.  With its balmy breezes and calm waters, the North Sea is …(Oh.  Wait.  That’s the Caribbean Sea).  With it’s fierce, cold winds and turbulent waters, the North Sea is the perfect vacation getaway … for the English.  I’ve come to this conclusion because of the many, many resort villages perched along this permanently furious body of water.  Continue Reading →

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Scottish Horse Power

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

Scotland may be a small country but it’s one that believes in grand gestures, like commissioning the world’s tallest and largest equine sculptures.   Known as The Kelpies, these mythical water horses celebrate the contribution of horse power to the history of Scotland. Continue Reading →

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Moving Experiences

The Falkirk Wheel, at rest

The Falkirk Wheel, at rest

The British have an unequalled fascination with (and apptitude for) enormous structures that move.  (In addition to Henry the 8th.)  Witness “The Eye” in London, a huge ferris wheel on the River Thames that is now iconic.  We found a few more mind-boggling engineering feats operating in Scotland and Northumbria. Continue Reading →

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Scottish Fringe and a Tattoo

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting at the top of a dormant volcano in the very heart of the city, Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline in this vibrant Scottish capital.   500,000 people live in this, the 4th most beautiful city in the world (according to the readers of the Rough Guide – a trustworthy travel companion).  While the city may be beautiful, the weather leaves a bit to be desired.  As Dr. Johnson noted during his travels to Scotland in 1775 “the weather is not pleasing”.  (He was a master of the understatement!)  But more on that later….

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