Edinburgh, Off the Beaten Path #1

I don’t know about you, but I like getting off the beaten path when I travel. If you are in Edinburgh and want to explore some hidden gems outside of the Royal Mile (for the most part), here are some of my favorites: Afternoon tea on the Royal Yacht Brittania Dog cemetery at Edinburgh Castle… Continue reading Edinburgh, Off the Beaten Path #1

River of Fire at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

I have lots of catch up to do. Since the end if December we have been to Malta and to York, England, with New Year’s in Edinburgh in between those two trips. This was our first New Years or hogmanay in Scotland. Hogmanay is the Scots word for December 31st. Traditions during the multi-day celebration… Continue reading River of Fire at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

7 Things to Do in York, England

York, England is located 174 miles north of London and 200 miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland, making it an easy day trip from either location, but it is well worth an overnight stay, or two! It is a walled city that was founded by the Romans in 71 AD so there is LOTS of history… Continue reading 7 Things to Do in York, England

Be Amazed by Malta’s Azure Window

We spent Christmas in Malta. Undoubtedly one of the must sees on a trip to Malta is the Azure Window. It’s no wonder that it was was selected as one of the 50 most beautiful places in Europe! It is located on Gozo, the 2nd largest of Malta’s islands. The arch or window was formed… Continue reading Be Amazed by Malta’s Azure Window

Bartending at Hogmanay, What Am I Crazy?

Hogmanay? sounds like a really good BBQ restaurant, right? Well no, it is what the Scots call the last day of the year. It is a big deal in Scotland and Edinburgh’s three day Hogmanay celebration attracts about 150,000 people. There are several street parties,  concerts and fireworks. In what may have quite possibly been… Continue reading Bartending at Hogmanay, What Am I Crazy?

Fried Chicken on Christmas and Other Christmas Traditions From Around the Globe

I was out and about in Edinburgh the other day and heard someone mention Boxing Day. Boxing Day? I didn’t know what they were talking about so I looked it up. Boxing Day is celebrated in the UK on December 26th. If that day is a Saturday or Sunday, it is observed the following Monday… Continue reading Fried Chicken on Christmas and Other Christmas Traditions From Around the Globe