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)…

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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…

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Elaine Davidson, Most Pierced Woman – over 9,000 piercings 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…

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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. Scottish Borders Some of the land along the Scottish Borders area has changed hands – between England…

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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. Chipping Campden to Edinburgh The drive was fantastic; the landscape transformed dramatically from the pastoral Cotswolds we left behind, to more windswept hills… Just south of the Lakes District, UK … to the Lake District or…

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Tight squeeze, but it’s been working for 250 years

The canal system in the UK is unique and extensive. Originally started in the 1760’s to transport coal, textiles and other goods, the system at its height was a 3000 mile network of canals. Combined with the natural river system, the canals linked London to the Midlands of England and beyond. 2000 miles of canals are still navigable today and…

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Much Ado About Nothing?

We spent a lovely afternoon in Stratford-Upon-Avon Saturday highlighted by another lively tour with our friend, David, who had guided us in Oxford. David is from Stratford originally and is a lover of the arts; he frequently broke into old English renditions of some of Shakespeare’s more famous writings. “To be or not to be…” Royal Shakespeare Theatre and…

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The Hunt for Sticky Toffee Pudding

The picturesque, quaint and historic area called The Cotswolds, west and north of London, provided us a perfect respite between London and Edinburgh. Leaving Windsor Castle, we headed for Chipping Campden for a couple of nights in a bed and breakfast. We drove among rolling hills and patchwork fields, and through trees arched into tunnels over the winding roads. We…

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Divorced, Beheaded, Died…

We rented a car Friday to drive out to the Cotswolds (see next post), and we visited Windsor Castle on the way.  Windsor Castle (started in 1070) is still a working residence for the royal family, and the queen often spends weekends here, though right now she is summering in Balmoral, Scotland. The castle is one of the most beautiful…

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It was the food!!

Our London Tour took us past the famous Savoy Hotel. According to Wiki, The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, bathrooms in most of the lavishly furnished rooms, constant hot and cold running water, and many other innovations. The Savoy Hotel, London, opened in 1889 Actor Richard Harris, aka…

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