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”
We rented a car in Edinburgh, and took our time driving to Aberdeen (the quick route is less than 3 hours), taking coastal roads as much as possible. We poked into villages, but mostly just enjoyed the scenery. Buildings switched from the red brick and stone that we’d seen so much of to light shades of stucco. Continue reading “Scotland: Aberdeen”
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”
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”
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”
We are in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK for 2 weeks. We are house sitting here, and taking care of 6 critters: 2 dogs – a 10-year-old Staffordshire Terrier cross (Tia) and a 6-month old Chihuahua (Dobby); 2 cats – one grey (Scampi), one calico (Rug Rat); 1 bearded dragon (Kai); 1 hamster (Little Vamp). Quite a menagerie! Continue reading “Huntingdon: Exploring Cambridgeshire”
We are on the train, having just said goodbye to our 3 doggie friends for the last 5 weeks, and their lovely parents, homeowners of the house we were sitting at. Continue reading “Melksham: Last words”
Another week, another batch of beautiful and historic sites.
We took our Melksham neighbour’s advice, and drove to the Brislington park and ride where we picked up a double-decker bus (they are all double-decker buses) for the ride into town. Continue reading “Melksham: Waterways, cathedrals, and horses”
This week, we continued dropping into nearby communities and sites.
Farleigh Hungerford Castle
We started with a visit to the medieval Farleigh Hungerford Castle, 14th century ruins in Somerset, which borders Wiltshire, where we are staying. Continue reading “Melksham: Castles, baths and more 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”
We have arrived in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK. We took a direct Vancouver to London flight followed by three trains, and arrived at the Melksham station mid-afternoon the following day. Continue reading “Melksham: Trains, locks and Jacks”