Edinburgh Castle, so much to see, so little time!

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St. Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh Castle Day 2 Edinburgh, July 24 Lovely, lovely day. The weather is perfect and we’re in Scotland! Our first full day. There’s a nice little breakfast place next door to the hotel good for a cappuccino …

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Edinburgh day 1

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My friend Gail and I have been planning our Scotland trip for months and it’s finally here. Our flights were on time and not too painful. The British Air planes are no better or worse than most but the cabin …

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Packing 101- Getting ready for Scotland

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I’ve finally learned to pack efficiently – and its about time says she.  It all comes down to the realization that the only things you really need when you travel are passport, money (ATM/credit card), and a set of clothes! Everything else …

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Being “in the moment”

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“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”. Henry Miller In 9 days I’m off to Scotland! So excited. As usual I’ve spent hours …

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Food Glorious Food.

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I’m always amazed at the freshness of food served in the St Barth restaurants. The island’s hilly landscape and volcanic soil isn’t conducive to growing so most food is imported – trust the French to import the best and keep …

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Looking at the world with a different lens.

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China’s Great Wall “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it …

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Remembering China 2002

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In 2002 my mother and I decided to go to China with a Canadian tour group leaving from Vancouver. My mother was 81 at the time and she felt she could manage the trip now, but it may be too …

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Aye, you’re a long time deid, ya ken?

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The Scots give a whole new meaning to the English language. There are even websites that give translations, the expressions are quite hilarious. (The websites are for the “eijets that dinnae ken what we’re sayin”.) It’s been a long, cold, …

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Authentic St Barth – the food Mon Dieu!

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You don’t go to St Barth for the food – on second thought, sure you do. It may not be the only reason, but its up there with friendly local people, white sand beaches, continuous 80 degree weather, and rainbows …

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Authentic St Barth – Part 1 Gustavia

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Le Select is a landmark in Gustavia, St Barth’s capital. The restaurant was established in 1949 and is beloved by locals and tourists. A trip to St Barth is never complete without a “cheeseburger in Paradise” and a glimpse of …

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