Category Archives: United Kingdom

Edinburgh and The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. There is the cultural juxtaposition of The Edinburgh International Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The 2013 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and the architectural (and geographic) juxtaposition of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town (with its preserved medieval street plan and 16th century buildings), its New Town (in Georgian style and a masterpiece of city planning) and its controversial Parliament building (opened in 2004). We toured Mary King’s Close which took us under the present buildings that line the Royal Mile (the high or main street leading up to the castle). Thousands of people lived in […]

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God Save the Queen

The Scots have a reputation for being pessimistic (check out this … hilarious? sad? article I found on the subject…) http://www.trans4mind.com/counterpoint/index-humor-inspiration/humor2.shtml As the gentleman Scot said to his lady “It’s a lovely day today.” Aye,” she replied. “But we’ll suffer for it.”  We found the Scots’ humor hilarious… upon seeing our luggage, the concierge at The Caledonian, Malcolm, asked,  “Is there anything left at home?” “Well,” my mom replied, “we’re here for two nights.”  Malcolm: “Ah, of course madam, that explains it!” And their hospitality was warm and pervasive, from service staff in the hotels, pubs and tourist attractions, to […]

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A Walk on the Wild Side

From www.edfringe.com: “The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events. Our story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh […]

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Fàilte gu Alba (Welcome to Scotland in Gaelic)

Google maps suggested the A74 north towards Edinburgh, which would have been faster, but thank goodness we stumbled upon the Scottish Borders Historic Tourist Route (A7), a scenic route through that loosely follows the Scottish/English border… a great choice, and one we highly recommend. Some of the land along the Scottish Borders area has changed hands – between England and Scotland – many times. One town, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, changed 16 times in its history (according to our Edinburgh guide) with the odd result that technically, it is still at war with Russia. This story is largely legend, but there may be a grain […]

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A “Wild Scene of Crag and Mountain”

Our road trip on Sunday from the Cotswolds to Edinburgh took us through western England and the Lake District. The drive was fantastic; the landscape transformed dramatically from the pastoral Cotswolds we left behind, to more windswept hills…… to the Lake District or The Lakes.Here 14 lakes–among them Windermere, England’s largest–radiate from a hub of ragged, glacier-carved mountains (or fells) that include, at just above 3,000 feet, the country’s highest peaks. William Wordsworth, The Lakes’ most famous and influential native son (his poems include “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud“), aptly described it as a “wild scene of crag and mountain.” Now […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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