One word: decadent. Two words: moist cake.Three words: drenched in toffee. Four words: slathered in heavy cream. Guh.
After chickening out of a driving tour of the Scottish Highlands, I’d missed my chance at climbing Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest peak. In Inverness on my last day in Scotland, I decided that climbing the nearby Cairn Gorm would have to do. The experience didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped.
I know I shouldn’t have done it but I couldn’t help myself. Climbing the old stone staircase to the second floor of the Gruuthuse Museum in Brugge, Belgium, I am struck by the sunlight streaming through the nearby stained glass window, landing on the steps in a cascade of color. In only a moment I am utterly entranced. I want… [Keep reading...]
I love patchwork landscapes. Don’t you?
For me, finding cheap, comfortable lodging is always the hardest part of travel planning. So when I had no idea where to stay in Scotland, I turned to VisitScotland.com for help to figure out accommodations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and in the Highlands.
Halfway through my two weeks in Scotland, I found myself in the burgh of Linlithgow, a little town I probably would never have visited except it was the locus for the whole reason I’d visited Scotland in the first place. A wedding.
It’s been said that Edinburgh is the most beautiful city in Europe but until I got there, I didn’t believe it. It’s not that I expected Edinburgh to be unimpressive. It’s just that cities like Paris and Rome are usually on the receiving end of such accolades and, well, I hadn’t even heard of Edinburgh being beautiful until I started… [Keep reading...]