Scotland: The Whiskey Trail

We weren’t really following The Whiskey Trail, but we did take some detours on our way from Aberdeen to Inverness so Ken could check out some of the many distilleries in the Speyside region. Since we much prefer to ramble on the smaller, side roads, it made for a very enjoyable day. Continue reading “Scotland: The Whiskey Trail”

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Scotland: Edinburgh

When we arrived in Edinburgh by train, the first thing we noticed when we peeked out the window while waiting to disembark was a Canadian flag. I could only see the hands holding up the flag, and assumed there were other Canadians on the train being met by a friendly Scot. But then Ken exclaimed, “It’s Aileen,” and I took another look. Sure enough, the only person we know in Scotland, and who we weren’t supposed to meet up with for another week and in another city, had taken the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh just to meet us when we arrived in Scotland. Continue reading “Scotland: Edinburgh”

On to Scotland

We are hurtling along northbound train tracks at 100mph, heading for Edinburgh, Scotland. We are on a Virgin Train, sitting in first class (see TripBits, below for details) enjoying comfortable, reserved seats, a large table with power, wifi, and food service, (snacks, hot and cold drinks, breakfast or lunch). We chose lunch, but were still offered croissants or toast and juice with our coffee. What a comfortable way to travel, and it didn’t hurt our budget at all. Continue reading “On to Scotland”

Huntingdon: One more day out

As we came to the end of our time in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, we took a quick car trip to Peterborough, about 30 minutes north. We weren’t disappointed.  The enormous St. Pete’s cathedral is right in the town center, allowing for a visit to this historic beauty along with a stroll around the large pedestrian plaza. We toured the cathedral, wandered about, and then grabbed a spot of lunch before returning to our menagerie. Continue reading “Huntingdon: One more day out”

Melksham: Sticks and stones

For the last 10 days or so we have been taking short driving trips from our temporary home in Melksham, Wiltshire County, to explore the little towns and villages that surround us. On some of our outings, we take our 3 canine charges with us and give them a good walk in parks or fields, and then they happily snooze in the boot of the hatchback car while we take a turn on our own in the village (it’s cool enough here to do this safely). Continue reading “Melksham: Sticks and stones”

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