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Oct 5, 2018 - Edinburgh

The train trip from Glasgow was only an hour or so, but I kept my eyes open to the landscape and my diligence was rewarded - TWO CASTLES...just sitting there by the side of the road. I was able to catch the town of where one was located and it turned out to be Linlithgow - where Mary Queen of Scots was born. What can I say about Edinburgh? I fell in love with it the moment we stepped out of the train station. The skyline greeted us and our jaws just dropped. The photo I posted does not do it justice. The antiquity of the city jumped at us...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Sep 4, 2018 - Edinburgh

Tony, Paco, Ruben and I flew into Edinburgh early afternoon. Beautiful weather and beautiful city. Ruben spent a year here learning English. He came for two weeks and stayed a year. I can relate to that. We are coming back to Edinburgh after the tour so more then.

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Aug 26, 2018 - National Museum of Scotland and Departing

A free attraction that is a cross between a natural history museum and a museum of play (probably to attract the younger generation). The layout of the floors and the many dead ends discouraged us to look at everything. We only got to see the first floor with some very nice technology pieces like an early steam engine and printing press. After an hour, we did find the exit after many dead end halls! We headed back to the hotel and began packing for our early morning flight the next day and had a great dinner at 5:15PM at a neat restaurant,...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Food Tour

The next day we met with David from “Secret Food Tours” along with the two other participants, a charming young couple from Spain, Ellie and Albietro. David talked very fast and walked just about as quickly. We had trouble keeping up, but at the various stops we did get the tour essentials. Our first stop was at Howies where we had a delicious “Cullen Skink” chowder with smoked haddock and potatoes. Edinburgh is built on an extinct volcano with deep valleys and hills. The roads wind up and down and our next stop was in a cleft. “The Cellar”...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

We had reserved this fantastic event on the first opportunity and had included the “Bruce Package” which included dinner with Scotch Whisky pairings. The meal was delicious and even “The Haggis” tasted good. With this package, we skipped the line for the main attraction - “The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.” This commenced at 9PM with a ceremony involving a retired RAF General who actually had a seat right behind us in the place of honor! The Tattoo is an exhibition and performance of precision marching and band playing - very much...

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Aug 18, 2018 - At Sea to Norway

The second part of our back-to back cruise began with ‘setting sail’ from Edinburgh with the tide. As we headed out from the harbor, the seas began to pick up. At dinner we experienced waves crashing across the porthole windows and lurching bottles of wine. The next mooring, a number of the passengers were a bit seasick. Having crossed Lake Ontario many times in our small sailboats, both Anne And Tom were just fine. Sleeping on a rolling ship was like being rocked in a cradle!

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Aug 17, 2018 - Royal Yacht Britannia

After breakfast, we walked down to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. After decommissioning, a private group took charge of the vessel and has turned it into a very fine museum. A wonderful audio guide helped us wind our way through the decks where we saw everything from the bridge to the Queen’s bedroom. Little stuffed Corgi dogs (Queen Elizabeth favors this breed of dog) abounded in the various poses in many of the rooms including the sick bay where the little creature was bandaged!.

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Aug 16, 2018 - At Sea to Edinburgh

On the Star Breeze, the bridge is open when we are at sea and we took advantage of this to see the operation of this vessel. An officer was watching the course carefully and a look-out scanned the horizon for any vessels and objects no detected by radar. For lunch a special burger was served with a mile high stuffing of onion rings. We managed to get a second reservation in candles for dinner and had great seafood and lamb chops topped off with a piece of red velvet cake for two. We docked at the Port of Leith which is just across from the...

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Jun 23, 2018 - What the.........

June 23, Saturday Dick has decided not to go on the shore trip. The temperature is 58 and windy. They refunded his ticket and Mary changed to the one I had so off we went. First on a tender that took us ashore and then on the invevitable bus. Scotland is just like the pictures. Stone fences, sheep, cows, hundreds of acres of barley and rye to make whiskey, and castles. Someone asked the guild what the best whiskey was and he responded “the best one is the one someone else pays for.” On destination was Sterling Castle. It was a sight to...

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Jun 22, 2018 - Day 29

We drove down the coast today to Edinburgh. Was a slow journey as we stopped off at a bird sanctuary to spot the elusive puffins. Walked around an unfenced clifftop and were just about ready to leave as there were thousands of gulls and all sorts of other birds but no puffins - then PJ spotted one. Just one. But at least we saw one :) Arrived in Edinburgh about 3.30pm then had to navigate our way into the middle of town as our hotel happens to be right smack bang in the centre of the Royal Mile - cobblestone streets, about 500m from...

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The PJs On Tour

May 12, 2018 - Edinburgh

Did the city tour of Edinburgh this morning, the history lessons are driving me nuts!! Dukes, queens, kings, knights... so crazy.. but loving it!! Edinburgh Castle is grand and in view from our hotel, wandered around it for and hour or so. We were also lucky enough to also take a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia, her majestys ship, which my cousin served on, so great to get to have a really good look around.. having a well earned rest now.. meeting a few guys later for a haunted tour of the old town scary!! 𿘦 then heading to a...

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Europe Holiday 2018

May 11, 2018 - Edinburgh

Busy day today !! Left York on our journey to Edinburgh. Travelling through the Devine lake district and Stopped at a gorgeous village called Grasmere where a famous poet lived, died and was buried, William Wordsworth , we had time to relax and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, 𯘋 yum .. from there we crossed the border to Scotland and popped in to a very famous old blacksmith shop where couples would run away to elope as there was no paperwork or witnesses required hehehe .. Geoff and I loved that !!! Oh and a few shot glasses of whiskey and...

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Europe Holiday 2018

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