Travelogue: Aug 8, England

Lowther Castle

Travelogue, August 8, 2014:   I am sitting beneath the white cliffs of Dover waiting to board the ferry to France.  Our English summer has come to an end and we are on our way to Croatia. We spent our last week in the Lake District/Cumbria resting up and finalizing preparations for the big road trip

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Love Is a Wee Dram

The Barrel Room Edradour Scotland

If you love a good single malt scotch, a trip to Scotland’s Whisky Trail should definitely be on your travel bucket list. (By the way, they spell it without the e, as in “whisky”.)  The cheery, friendly (and dare I say quirky?) people of the Highlands are extraordinary folk and after a thousand years of

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Scotland in July

Hiking along the Banffshire Coast Scotland

NOTE: We have been traveling internationally for more than 6 months and I realize that my memory is beginning to blur a bit so beginning this month I’ll write a weekly travelogue. This is primarily to preserve my own memory; hopefully it won’t be too boring for the rest of you who are kind enough

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Travel Packing Tips

packing

I was not born to pack light.  I’m a gal who likes to have everything I need, or might need, at my fingertips (what if I go to Mars and it turns out to be chillier than I expected?).  But, this past few months on the road has changed me.  I’ve morphed into a gal

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The Wines of Burgundy

Chassagne Montrachet Burgundy France

  What is a “White Burgundy”?  For that matter, what exactly is a red Burgundy wine?  We visited Cote de Beaune recently, in the heart of Burgundy (aka “Bourgogne”) and I learned something new: While true, its a bit over-simplistic to state that a Burgundy wine is simply a wine from Burgundy.  In fact, it

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Castles & Cathedrals: Spain

Coarto Dorada Alhambra Granada Spain

  For the past few weeks, we have been on a mad dash across Spain, France and England, stopping for only a few days in each city we visited.  Unfortunately, our “Castles and Cathedrals” road trip allowed no time for blogging, so I am officially several countries behind in my updates.  I’ll catch up in

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Moorish Gardens in Spain

Reales Alcazares Gardens Seville Spain

I love indoor/outdoor living spaces.  Did you know that we have the Moors to thank for the whole idea?  The Moorish garden always begins with a beautiful courtyard, or patio (a distinctly Moorish concept) and spreads outward to carefully tended spaces beyond the walls of the main dwelling. Picture, if you will, a long courtyard

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Worst Airports: Gibraltar!

gib 5

I have now survived two trips in and out of Gibraltar airport. Let me be clear:  THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME AGAIN. And not only because Gibraltar is #2 on the list of scariest airports in the world.  After you have survived the landing — or an aborted landing — the fun really begins. 

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Portugal: The Algarve

Boardwalk at Cabanas de Tavira

  Picture this: We are stuck in a traffic snarl on a narrow little road in the Algarve region of Portugal.  Several cars — and one horse-drawn cart carrying a family of gypsies — have come to a full stop while a shepherd crosses the road with his flock.  The shepherd carries a tiny, newborn

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Piri-Piri

piri-piri chicken

We had been in Portugal less than 48 hours when I discovered a new favorite food: anything flavored with the Portuguese spice, piri-piri (also known as “peri-peri”).  Like my daughter Kate, when I find something I love, I eat it constantly until I get tired of it, so my husband (the Chef) is now whipping

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