March 29, 2017

Europe

Climbing Cairn Gorm, where the landscape is beautiful but desolate and the weather can turn on a dime.

Cairn Gorm: The Mountain That (Almost) Ate My Memories

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.

 
gruuthuse-museum-sign

Forbidden Photography – A Tale of Travel Temptation

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…]

 
Christmas Shop, Edinburgh

Up, Down, and Around Edinburgh’s Old Town

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…]

 
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh Scotland

5 Highlights of Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a highlight for many visitors who visit Scotland’s capital city each year. Its historic and cultural significance and its imposing presence overlooking the city from atop its perch of jagged black volcanic rock makes it one of those sights you just have to see.

 
overlooking-glasgow

A Date with the Dead at the Glasgow Necropolis

Of all the things to do in Glasgow, the Glasgow Necropolis was my favorite attraction, hands down. They call it the “City of the Dead” and it really is like a city unto itself. The inhabitants just happen to be–well–deceased.

 
National Express offers a fairly straightforward coach service between London and Glasgow. It's long and sometimes it's uncomfortable, but it will get you to your destination.

Taking the Long Way: London to Glasgow by Bus

It’s a nine-hour ride, but going from London to Glasgow by bus really isn’t all that bad.

 
How much would you pay to stay in this hotel room?

The Most Expensive Hotel Room I’ve Ever Stayed In

If you want to know where to stay in London, or you’re looking for cheap London hotels, you definitely want to look around in advance to get the best options. I learned the hard way that staying in London can be pretty pricey, something you definitely want to take into consideration if you’re planning to travel there.