February 26, 2017

Scotland

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.

 
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.

 
Linlithgow, Scotland

The Truth About Scotland

I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember. The very first thing I bought with my own money years and years ago was a flourescent orange Vivitar Brites 110 camera. You know, the ones with the film that looked like a tiny pair of binoculars? (if you don’t remember 110 cameras and film, you’re not even old enough… [Keep reading…]