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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 […] Read more

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 […] Read more

How do you top The Cotswolds?

Fly immediately to Switzerland, do not pass Go. Just landed Zurich, stunning landscapes on the flight in… Edinburgh posts coming soon, then let the hiking begin: Bernese Oberland, Mont Blanc and the Haute Route coming up. Read more

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 are used recreationally. Travellers navigate through the canals and their locks on narrowboats much like we might tour around American in RVs. Narrowboats have straight sides and flat bottoms and are pointed at both ends.  In order to ‘go anywhere […] Read more

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…” Stratford, a town of 26,000 welcomes about 4 million visitors every year, mostly to pay homage to William Shakespeare, who lived, died and is buried here. And this has been going on for centuries; famous American tourists to Stratford include Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Jefferson […] Read more


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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

Mark and Shauna Trieb are actuaries-turned-adventurers... Read More