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  • Day1

    Sweet Chestnut Hotel

    September 21 in the United Kingdom

    Oh-ha, Lea meint der Barkeeper hier im Sweet Chestnut in Dunfermline spricht ein gutes Englisch. Okay, der Typ ist sehr lustig, gut drauf und ich versteh jetzt nur die Hälfte, teilweise hab ich mich gefragt ob das überhaupt Englisch ist. Da bin ich mal auf die Highlands gespannt. Der Flug hierher war gut, mit einer Stunde Verspätung da vom Flieger erst ein Reifen gewechselt werden musste. Der Pilot meinte nur, dass es relevant für die Sicherheit ist. Anyway, der Barkeeper Typ meinte unsere Strecke für morgen ist gut. Heute gibt's nur ein Selfie, eigentlich Schade da sich Edinburgh beim Anflug von der Gold Seite zeigte - ich jedoch die Kamera nicht griffbereit hatte.Read more

  • Day2

    The Kelpies

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    Auf halben Weg zwischen Edinburgh und Stirling befindet sich der Helix Park. Eine Art Naherholungszentrum im Grünen für gestresste Großstädter. In diesem Park ist überdies auch etwas ganz interessantes - The Kelpies - zwei riesige Pferdeköpfe zu Ehren der Arbeiter-Pferde, die einst Lastkähne entlang des Kanals gezogen haben und damit der Region um Stirling etwas Wohlstand verschafften. Woher kommt der Name "Kelpies"? Er beschreibt unfreundliche Wassergeister, genau aus diesem Grund befindet sich Wasser um die beiden Skulpturen. Das Gewicht je Kopf beträgt 90 Tonnen und steht auf 1200 Tonnen Beton je Pferd.
    Das Bild mit den Haus, dass wie eine Ananas aussieht, ist ganz in der Nähe der Pferdeköpfe entstanden, es symbolisiert Wohlstand.
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  • Day2

    Bracklinn Falls

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    Da Schottland ja sehr wasserreich ist, haben wir uns kurzerhand entschlossen einen Abstecher zu einem Wasserfall zu machen. Die Wahl, da unweit unserer geplanten Strecke, ist auf die Bracklinn Falls gefallen. Nach einer kurzen Wanderung von einer 3/4 Mile konnte man das Rauschen des Wassers bereits hören. Kurze Zeit später tauchte der Wasserfall, der einen eher an eine Klamm irgendwo in den Alpen erinnert, im Wald auf. Schaut euch einfach die Bilder an.
    Witzig war noch das typisch schottische Wetter. Losgegangen bei ☀️ Sonne, nahezu blauer Himmel, kurze Zeit später plötzlich ein Regenschauer. Nach 10min Sonne und mild.
    Da ich nicht zu jedem Stop oder Sehenswürdigkeit einen extra Footprint machen will hier einfach angehängt ein paar Bilder von Glencoe - ein typisch schottisches Bilderbuch Tal.
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  • Day2

    Wallace Monument

    Yesterday in the United Kingdom

    Dieser Text hier kommt von Lea.
    Hin und wieder plant man was um einfach noch die Zeit etwas aufzufüllen und hat keine großen Erwartungen. Dann entpuppt sich der Zeitfüller als das Tageshighlight. So war es beim Wallace Monument, nahe Stirling. Es handelt sich dabei um einen 67m hohen Turm, welcher die Stadt Stirling überblickt. Von dort aus soll William Wallace Ende des 13 Jahrhunderts die Schlacht bei der Stirling Bridge angeführt haben - welche die Schotten gegen alle Erwartungen gewannen. Na gut, also angekommen auf dem Parkplatz ging es zum Visitor Center, dort hieß es, dass gleich ein Shuttlebus hoch fahren würde. Wir (natürlich ganz sportlich unterwegs) sofort dagegen entschieden und den Weg zum Turm hoch gelaufen. Am Visitor Center haben wir außerdem noch erfahren, dass in ca einer halben Stunde oben am Turm eine Präsentation statt findet. Der Papa, um ja nichts zu verpassen, sprintet quasi den Berg hinauf; ich hinterher kriechend :D. Irgendwann oben angekommen (wir hatten noch 20min Zeit bis zur Vorstellung), hieß es dann erst mal Bilder machen und abwarten - und das hat sich gelohnt! Die zwei Typen haben eine fantastische Vorstellung dargeboten über die Gedanken und Begebenheit hin zur Schlacht bei der Stirling Bridge. Das ganze natürlich im unverkennbaren schottischen Akzent; ich voller Freude dabei, Papa irgendwann nur noch auf Fotos machen ausgewichen. Nach der Präsentation ging es dann rauf auf den Turm und zwar eine enge, windige Spiraltreppe mit über 260 Stufen nach oben. Dort angekommen wird man beinahe weg geweht, trotzdem war es das wert!
    Fazit: Das Unscheinbare ist oftmals das Hellste.
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  • Day15

    Wicked and Wonderful Wanderings ...

    September 3 in the United Kingdom

    GRATITUDES: After almost 12 hours of sleep ... I was feeling a bit more rested.. we lazed in our loft bed while we added 2 nights in Utecht and 5 days in Paris to our itinerary.  We are hoping we will be as pleased with our accommodations in these places ( as well as Amsterdam) as we have been here in London. 😊

    We opted to get an "Oyster Card"  for our explorations today! This is like a prepaid card and gives us some freedom to come and go on the tubes without having to buy individual tickets! Oh my ... so far we've done well at mastering the tubes!

    Our first stop, at the great suggestion of our good neighbor Doug, was Greenwich.  I had failed to put it together that THIS Greenwich is the standard by which global times are oriented! It's fascinating to be at the center of time ... so to speak!!  It's a quaint little village filled with history and the The University of Greenwich is now where the Old Royal Navy College used to be.  The stone buildings are so mammoth and grand that they inherently command your respect! 

    And, after a nice little lunch at the Tipsy Moth (table 107 outside) we wandered this beautiful little haven on foot.  Only 8881 steps today (6.42kms)!

    GASPS ... of the best kind: We experienced something very unexpected and extra special! There was an opera music exam happening in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul.  No pictures were allowed ...and ... we were summoned to be absolutely silent. 

    GAHS: We slipped into the pews ... and of course ... my hubby pulls out his video camera!! When I shook my head in utter dismay ... he emphatically whispered his defense in my ear!  "I am not taking pictures  ...  avideo is not a picture!!"  He only captured a second or two of video ... before one of the staff started in our direction. 

    GREAT BIG GRINS: Fortunately, we didn't get expelled for bad behavior!! Instead we were blessed with chills and goose bumps galore!!  After she was complete, we spoke with the student  who performed.  It was her final moment before her degree!! And a stellar ending to her time in school! I expect it is also the beginning of her success as a singer!  She was exceptional! 🤩

    We also got to see vestibule of The Painted Hall!  They were doing some work and much of it was hidden behind layers of scaffolding.

    GRINS: And we enjoyed a stroll through Greenwich Market and stopped in a quaint little lane for a cappuccino and a carrot cake! And then ... I mosied into a little shop and found two blouses to try on.  The lady pointed me towards the fitting room.  I opened the door ... and it was the toilet.  The other door was a closet.  It took me a moment to realize that the fitting room was the space between the two doors.  You just had to pull a curtain.  Too funny! 

    GRATITUDES: But ... better yet ... I bought both tops!  And then came across some fabulous neck pieces that are so artistic!  I  took a video to remind me of how to play with them.  Hopefully it will load so you can see how fabulous they are!!

    After that we got back on the tube ... headed home to give me a little rest and fashioned a little charcuterie board (actually it was a plate) before heading back on the tube to the theatre!!

    GROANS: I wasn't going to mention it, but we had splurged on our tickets for "Wicked" and ended up seated beside a very uppity couple from Washington DC. They seemed determined to impress us with their social status. I wish you could hear the American drawl drawl they spoke with.  We learned they had just come from Ireland too ... but found it..."well ... rather disappointing." Apparently it was just a "tourist trap".  And ... he shuddered to think that people actually drank the entire pint of Guiness that was part of the tour at the Stonehouse.  At this point ... I couldn't stop myself from asking ... with no apology for the bit of an edge in my voice: "What DID you like about Ireland?" I think he liked the history he learned at the jail. His wife ... was as quiet and timid as a mouse. I hope they find some joy in the rest of their travels!!

    Aside from the energy of our seat mates ... "Wicked" was ... dare I say ... wickedly wonderful and marvelously magical!  It brought me tears ... with that beautiful reminder ..  that I am better because I met you! 

    Sending love ... 💚💚💚
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  • Day13

    London's First Act was a Show Stopper

    September 1 in the United Kingdom

    We had the best sleep in that little loft bed ... and awoke with plans to prepare a nice breakfast in our  new abode with our grocery purchases from last night!  And, may I say, the gooseberry jam was a delicious addition to our toast and eggs and fruit!  It was suggested that walking is the ideal way to see London ... but we wanted to orient ourselves to the city with the Hop On Hop Off Bus !  And ... now we understand why they recommend walking! At one point there were about 5 buses and a girl on a bicycle and a taxi all gridlocked in traffic near Buckingham Palace!!  GAH!  We must have spent 20 minutes at that intersection! 

    I didn't know it but Trafalgar Square is right in the middle of London. And, it can fit 80, 000 people! It's only a three minute walk from our place.  The sun was shining brightly today ... it was almost too warm at times ... but I am not complaining.  I am expressing my GRATITUDE for the extraordinary weather!  It's supposed to be warm and dry all week.  I hope that it will be, because it would not be nearly as enjoyable with umbrellas!

    GROAN: We couldn't see Big Ben because it's being refurbished. Its leaning slightly and they anticipate it will fall over in 800 years if the tilt is not corrected!  So all you can see is the clock face at the moment.  They seem to be working on many of the older buildings ... they seem to keep them in very good repair!

    MORE GRATITUDES: We took a cruise on the River Thames ... floated under London Bridge and then on down to the Tower of London.  For me, it was extra lovely to spend some time on the water ... away from the overstimulation of all the busyness and people and commotion!  We also enjoyed the panoramic views of the city from the London Eye! It's a magnificent ferris wheel that takes 30 minutes to make a full circle! Gives you stunning 360 degree views of the city!

    Stopped in for a few appys and a cool drink at The Admirality Ale & Pie and ordered the Hamshire Black Pudding Croquettes; Frontier beer battered haddock goujons; Steak and London Pride pie (with carmelized shallots, button mushrooms & thyme); and curried spiced sausage roll! So good! Once again, the food services is second to none here in the UK.

    We were meandering back to Soho ... and ... found ourselves wandering through China town. Lots of people out and about ... street musicians entertaining the passersby with their exceptional talent! We strolled past an all you can eat Chinese buffet ... for $10.95. It looked so good and smelled so good that we got the urge to fill our bellies ... again ... before we went on to the Picadilly Theatre to see "Strictly Ballroom; The Musical." When we got to the theatre we were delighted to learn that if you bought two large glasses of wine you could get the rest of the bottle for $3.00. And ... they would give you a number and place it on the ledge for you to refill your glasses during the intermission! So ... THAT is what we did!! 🥂

    GRINS:  And lots of them. It was sheer delight ... such talent and scripting  and acting and humor and dancing and singing!  We even got showered with confetti at the end of it!  John said it was the best theatre show he has ever seen!  We have tickets to see "Wicked" on Monday ...so we'll see how it holds up to that competition!  

    GRIPES:  Aside from the fact that I have picked up a head cold  ... it was truly a very enjoyable day in London!  Five Star kind of day!!  Talk to you tomorrow! k&j
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  • Day16

    Our Last Full Day in London

    September 4 in the United Kingdom

    We awoke to our last full day in London with no firm plans.  We had some ideas in our pocket ... but ... decided to let our hearts lead the way.

    GRATITUDES: We headed towards Westminster Abbey on foot and opted to enjoy a cappuccino and a nice bowl of soup at the crypt at St. Martin-in-the-Field's church. There are tombstones all around you in the floor ... and ...the walls and ceilings display the most amazing brickwork!  We thoroughly enjoyed it and would never have found this remarkable spot without the super suggestion of our great neighbor.  Thank you again Doug!

    GASPS of AWE: We continued down to the Abbey ... and were struck by the monumental majesty of this structure.  The antiquity and reverance displayed within it can simply not be rivaled. It actually sparked some deep conversation between us about what we would like to be remembered for ... if ... we were ever to be talked about through audio headphones in numerous different languages.  🤔

    GRATITUDES: And, with another note of appreciation to Doug, we meandered our way back to Sherlocke Holmes for a "Cumberland Scotch Egg"; some "Sticky Pickle Sausage Rolls"; "Devilled Whitebait" ... and ...a "Dirty Burger." I know ... we ordered a lot... but ... we were running out of moments to taste the local English fare!

    GRINS: Interestingly, John ordered a Sherlock Stout and it is served room temperature! He really, really liked it.  And he really, really liked the Devilled Whitebait.  He thought they were breaded sardines.. but ... the server said not.  I did not dare to try them.

    Okay ... a small GROAN or maybe it's actually a GRATITUDE: it occurred to us as we were in Sherlocke Holmes ... reflecting on our time here in England that we have not had any of those 'Jack the Ripper' foggy nights under the street lamp moments that I have seen on postcards and always associated with London.  It could be ... that it hasn't rained  or maybe it's just that we haven't been out much past 10:00pm!!  😉

    Anyway ... London has been so lovely.  There are still so many things left to do and see ... but ... we are so very grateful we've become acquainted with her flavor and essence! 💚

    And, we are up at it early tomorrow! Our train leaves for Amsterdam at 8:30am.  We're excited for the next leg of this fascinating journey! 

    Thanks for joining us here ... 🧡🧡
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  • Day14

    A Walk-About London ...

    September 2 in the United Kingdom

    After a horrible night's sleep due to congestion, headache and scratchy throat ... we were greeted with another day of bright blue skies and warm ... dare I say hot ... sunshine here. 

    GRINS & GRATITUDES: We opted to walk over to Buckingham Palace ... and on our way over we noticed a counselling service being offered out of a small mobile trailer. It was called "Caravan Drop -In." It had such a welcoming energy about it.

    It may sound strange, but in all honesty, neither one of us had any real desire to pay a fortune to see the changing of the guards. As luck would have it though, we bumped into a couple of nice guards in their finest red regalia and those big tall puffy black hats ...I'm not sure what their official name is! Anyway, they were not at all stuffy and proper ... and ... they were kind enough to pose for a picture! 

    We then wandered the streets to get our bearings for where "Wicked" will be playing tomorrow. It's sad because we have seen so many homeless people on our travels around London. And a couple of them had made the steps of the theatre their temporary home. After that, we sauntered fairly aimlessly ... until we found ourselves at Bag O'Nails. I really wish I'd been hungry enough for the All day Sunday Roast ... but I opted for one of their other classic pub favorites... the lasagna!!! Yes. I never expected to find pasta at the pub ... but there it was!! And ... it had a pureed texture to it. Great taste but it seemed odd for lasagna to feel like whipped mashed potatoes in your mouth! John enjoyed the fish and chips ... rated it 9.5/10!

    GROANS: On the map it looked like we could walk to Harrods ... just to experience the posh, pomp and circumstance of the West End of London. It turned into 16,888 steps or a 12.26km walk. I had on the wrong shoes for a trek of that magnitude... but ... John' eyes were the size of dinner plates as he noticed all the high end vehicles ... McLaren, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Austin Martin ... all the super cars. John said some of them would be worth upwards of $250,000!!! 😯 GAH: It's hard to fathom that most of them are driven by older men ... but ... many of them seemed to be accessorized with younger women. 😉

    GRATITUDES: We stopped at the 'chemist' (aka pharmacy) to get some bandaids for our wounded feet ... and ... continud our walking home. It was then that we stumbled upon Caffé Concerto ... and went in for afternoon tea!! And so ... we sipped our tea with fancy chandeliers over head and lively jazz music tickling our eardrums. We thoroughly enjoyed this old English custom ... but we had enough to feed two more people!

    GRATITUDES: On the bottom tier there were sandwiches with the crusts cut off in four varieties: cucumber and cream cheese ... smoked salmon with cream cheese ( John's favorite) ...egg salad... and ham and pickle with a dijon mustard ( my favorite!).
    The second layer offered us four hot scones with whipped butter and teensy tiny little pots of strawberry conserve! And the top layer was generously filled with SIX decadent desserts! Wow!! I am not sure where we expected to put it all ... but ... we gave it our best shot!!!

    Okay ... we are calling it a night early this evening! Hoping to get a better sleep ... fingers crossed!
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  • Day17

    Inverness to Luss

    September 17 in the United Kingdom

    An action packed day. Up very early as had to pack up and leave for the drive down the side of Loch Ness and over to Fort William which was about 2 hours. Once there we caught the Harry Potter steam train for Mallaig at 10 15. Everyone boarding was excited and the train was full. The trip was 2 hours and just so relaxing and full of atmosphere, mainly steam! The line travelled along the coast, through bush and (around lochs. The highlight was going over the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the movie, although tricky to get a good photo as everyone trying to do the same. We left the train in Mallaig for a lovely lunch in typical Scottish hotel before wandering around the village and fishing wharfe. Got back on the train at 2 10 for the return journey. Our trip was made even more pleasant by the young couple sitting opposite who were from Austria and on their honey moon. They spoke excellent English and were very interesting to chat to especially as the girl had been a Bosnian refugee as a child. She had a fascinating life story. We arrived back at Fort William for our two hour trip to Luss at the bottom of Loch Lomond. The journey began with the most beautiful views as we headed up over the highlands. There were many lochs, waterfalls and interesting road features. However a road accident meant a diversion and very frustratingly our 2 hour journey became 4 hours so arrived in Luss tired and hungry at 8. On the plus side we saw many beautiful sights including gorgeous farmland and villages we would not have otherwise seen. In the dark Luss which is rated as the most beautiful village in Scotland seems to be in the middle of a forest but right beside the lake. On finally finding our accommodation which is a cabin right beside the lake we wandered 500 metres up the road to a beautiful big Scottish hotel for dinner. It was basically empty but we had the undivided attention of 4 lovely staff and a beautiful meal. It finished with a mini whiskey tasting( just to say we had had some) given to us by a nice young guy who knew so much about it. Can’t wait to explore here tomorrow as even in the dark we could tell that Luss is stunning.Read more

  • Day19

    Glasgow to Windermere

    September 19 in the United Kingdom

    Considering it is the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow would be one of the easiest to get in and out of. We collected the car from the carpark and were on the road by 10. We headed off in very heavy rain on the motorway to Carlisle. By the time we were there the wind had got up and was at it’s worse between Carlisle and Cockermouth, where we stopped for a lovely coffee at very quaint tearooms. We carried on knowing the storm hitting Scotland was behind us. By the time we were driving through the beautiful countryside and villages of Keswick and Ambleside it was barely raining and still quite warm. We carried onto Windermere and had to do quite a drive around to find Glencree Guest House. It seems there are two distinct areas, Windermere and Bowness-on -Windermere and we are right in the middle, ten minutes from each. Both areas are full of guest houses and the lake front itself looks busy with activities. We will see what the weather brings tomorrow as to what we will do. Tonight we wandered up and down finally settling on a lovely restaurant in Bowness to eat at. Ready now for an early night as breakfast is served in the dining room between 8 and 9.Read more

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