If you make the mistake of trying to rush through Edinburgh, Scotland and cramming as much as possible into a small amount of time, a session at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is the perfect place to scale back and slow things down.
I hadn’t known it before, but there’s awesome shopping in Edinburgh. Just make your way along Princes Street and there are myriad choices to satisfy your retail jones, from department stores to higher end shops. Even if you’re not in the market for something new, browsing the racks is always a lot of fun.
Holyrood Park and its highest peak, Arthur’s Seat, are supposed to be one of the top Edinburgh attractions. The park is a 650-acre natural playground just a mile outside of the center of the city, with features like lush green hills and rugged crags trimming the landscape. From the top of ancient volcano Arthur’s Seat, roughly 822 feet high, you’re… [Keep reading...]
It’s a sunny morning in Glasgow and I’m standing in front of the Doulton Fountain, the world’s largest terracotta fountain and one of the more famous Glasgow attractions. It squirts water. It’s tall. It’s ornate. And it’s orange. I know it’s supposed to be special, but for whatever reason, I just don’t get it.
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.
Although I’m not a blonde, I felt every bit like Goldilocks sampling Belgian cities like the porridge of the three bears. Brugge was too hot. Too much activity and too many people in the city center. I enjoyed my trip off the beaten path but I’m not sure I’d go back again. Brussels was too cold. As the capital of… [Keep reading...]
There’s just something so sophisticated about the Belgian attitude towards beer. I don’t know why I’m drawn to this photograph except that it encapsulates, for me, that sophistication. It was my last night in Belgium and I hung out at the Grand Place in Brussels, waiting for the evening light to fall. Sitting alone among couples and groups sipping leisurely… [Keep reading...]