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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 11th 2007

I went for two wonderful walks into Hyde Park to take a look at beautiful lakes and fountains, and in particular to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. What a pleasure it was to walk through and enjoy the sights of people walking resting talking, birds in the ponds etc. enjoy the pictures.... read more
Hyde Park, Bird Sanctuary
The Ring road bridge
Hyde Park

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London September 9th 2007

Now we have arrived into London. We found our hotel, the London House Hotel, to be simple, clean with a nice simple breakfast, with an excellent location related to the underground, many excellent restaurants, a shopping centre, Marks & Spencer food store, etc. Would most definitely stay here again. After arriving and checking in, we wasted no time to go downtown to see the sights, and pleasantly came upon an oyster, sea food, & wine fair at Haysmarket. Lots of people, good music, excellent sea food. What a fun Sunday afternoon. Then we went for a walk to the old London Bridge and walked around the castle and numerous downtown streets. The next day, unfortunately Arlene came down with a bad sore throat so I ventured downtown on the Hop on Hop off bus tour taking ... read more
Sidewalk art
The London red phone booth
Oyster & seafood fair

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland September 8th 2007

Well here we are. Saturday, and the two groups left the Ross-Shire Red house of Dornie. What a ball we had during the past 8 days. Randy said he travelled over 1000 miles during this time. I have to say that, we absolutely saw soo much and covered allot of the lower Highlands area. I will certainly go back with fond memories of Scotland and all the heather, moss, green beautiful large Locks, dams, many beautiful castles, so many sheep everywhere (I kept dreaming of sheep even on my return), the excellent food we purchased and cooked. The special Blas festival Music fro the Galic community. The sights and sounds were absolutely fantastic. What more can I say. Certainly a place to revisit again. So On Saturday Randy, Myrna, Arlene and I headed out on our ... read more
Edinburgh window displays
Made to measure
Highway art work

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Isle of Skye September 7th 2007

We made a second visit to the Island of Skye, visiting numerous main roads of the island travelling over the bridge as well as over the ferry from Glenelg, travelling to Kylerhea for a performance, visiting a farm for quail eggs, and veg, travelling through Broadford, Portree, up to Uig and then around to the Castle of Dunvegan gardens, through the Cullin Hills over very very narrow steep roads and then back to Dornie. What an adventurous wonderful trip of seeing many animals, the long haired Highland cattle, and sheep. We still had time to eat and have coffee, making many stops during the day arriving back at the house very late.... read more
Highland Memorial on way to Glenelg
Arnisdale, Scotland
Island of Skye

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Dornie September 3rd 2007

We stayed for 8 days in the Ross-shire Red house of Dornie, just a short walk to the Elean Donan Castle. We almost felt like we were in one of the most beautiful villages around. The view from the house was something else. The village buildings and houses were beautiful with georgeous gardens surrounding each house along with distant views of the mountains of Skye and along with views over Lock Long and Lock Alsh. What a beautiful place to stay. There was a small convenience store, a phone in the middle of the village, a hotel, bar (lively on weekends), a mobile bank service on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a mobile market, and a post office. What a nice quiet place to get away from it all. I took a pleasant walk around the village one ... read more
Eilean Donan Castle
The Eilean Donan Castle Door
Eilean Donan Castle, Sunset

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland September 3rd 2007

During the week over 8 days we drove approximately 1000 miles. Each day took us in a different direction, on new very narrow roads. We took time to make numerous stops to see the wonderful sites of the Highlands. We were amazed by the green of the hills, the many miles of large Locks of water, the falls that we saw. We had a wonderful dinner in Invermoriston. The rest of the family took in the MacNeil festival event. Arlene and I went for a walk by the falls, almost getting lost in the forest although we were really not far from the entrance. We should have dropped bread crumbs as we walked. It all looks the same in the forest. We then took care of the 2 girls for a bit during the performance. What ... read more
Forest tree stump
Dingwall, Scotland
Dingwall, Scotland

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Ross and Cromarty » Dornie September 3rd 2007

There were 10 of us staying at the Ross-shire Red House in Dornie. What fun we had. The main reason why we landed up in Scotland was due to the fact that the McNeil Clan were asked to perform in the "Blas Highland Music Celebration". Paul and Tracey MacNeil performing great traditional musical sounds with the piano and bagpipes. Pauls playing reflects his appreciation of the Gaelic Language and culture, Tracey an excellent piano player of contemporary style and traditional style of Cape Breton Island. Father Rob MacNeil is a Gaelic singer from Barra Glen, Cape Breton Island. Paul & Tracey's two daughters Jessie Helen and Nora also were included in a final singing family event which was held at a sold out performance at the Eilene Donan Castle. They performed along with the Henerson Clan. ... read more
Rob & Helen MacNeil
 Jessie Helen nd Nora
The popular dinning room table

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Perth September 1st 2007

On our way from Edinburgh we pleasantly stopped at the City of Perth, on a Saturday morning, only to find out that there was a wonderful market on the main streets of downtown. It was so busy with people everywhere and we walked around to pick up some wonderful surprise items, like extremely fragrant home made lavender and heather soap, delicious walnut bread, garlic cheese, sausage, Scotish medican (which was delicious, I must say) etc. and then stopped for a nice cup of coffee and scones. We then continued on our way to Dornie Ross-shire Red House with a few more stops along the way. We were absolutely blown away with the green hills of low growing fern, mauve heather everywhere along the hill sides, mountain sides, and along the road way. Also passing so many ... read more
On our drive to Perth
Perth Market place, downtown
After leaving Perth

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 30th 2007

Finally the fires of Greece subsided, after about 5 days of 24 hour TV on every Greek station only showing the terrible fires of Greece that burnt so many miles of beautiful forest area.So after 5 days of watching TV, we took some trips to do some shopping and going here and there in Athens prior to our trip On August 30th to Edinburgh, Scotland via London, Heathrow airport. What a busy airport, but we made it through the numerous long security ques. The 3 girls, Arlene, Myrna, arrived late in the day to the very very old Osbourne Hotel in Edinburgh. We had to walk several blocks from the bus station to the hotel, with a bit of difficulty reading the map (I always want to go the opposite way). Brother Randy was already there ... read more
Bldg across the streat from the Osbourne Hotel, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, "Scot Monument"
Beautiful old architecture

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Rhodes August 22nd 2007

Here are some of the events associated with food on our trip for a week to Rhodes, Myrna, Arlene and Myself. We stayed in the port city not far from the port itself, and just a walk away from the old City which is actually in a large castle area. This was a fantastic stay on this island with so many places to go, beeches to swim in absolutely beautiful, more beautiful old houses, more castles. We rented a car for 3 days and this was a blessing which allowed us to see so much more of the island and with a tour book in hand again we ventured off the main roads to see some of the most interesting sights. Our hotel, Angela's suites was a large kitchenette unit with a bedroom and sitting sofas. ... read more

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