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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 22nd 2015

Leaving Tennesee and hope to be out the snow soon. They really can't handle the foul weather here.. the parking lot is a skating rink. Only salt is on the table. Just south of Nashville we found an old favourite restaurant from our honeymoon. It was called Stan's Country Kitchen but is now called just Stan's. SO we just had to stop for our second breakfast. Ham eggs and biscuits & GRAVY!!!! Finally saw the last of the snow but not until we were into Alabama. Nice to put the car on cruise and enjoy the warming air. Finally made it through the construction and landed at the hotel where Jurg & Tracy had chilled wine & beer waiting for us in the courtyard (no coats or sweaters necessary). Ok, we killed the wine and beer ... read more
Stan's ham
Stans tree
St Pierre

North America » United States » Tennessee » Goodlettsville February 22nd 2015

WOW! What a drive that was.... Left Erie PA and encountered snow, ice, sleet, fog and a little freezing rain in case you were getting bored. 22 different vehicles on the highway in various positions and various stages of radical disassembly. Made it to just north of Nashville, Tennessee. One more leg. Again, not many pictures. We will change that when we get to the Big Easy.... read more

North America » United States » New York » Buffalo February 21st 2015

Traffic getting out of town was tough. A normal drive to Niagara on the Lake should take about 1 1/2 took us almost 3. Smooth acceptance into the US and we made it as far as Erie PA. Too dark for pictures (duh). Tomorrow going to get as far south as wecan to get away from these stupid temperatures. Can't wait.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow October 26th 2014

Day 9 - Pitlochry to Glasgow. A little bit of a later start today since we need to go to Blair Athol before we leave Pitlochry. The distillery has been operating under license since 1798 and is part of the Bell's blended whiskey formula. We certainly enjoyed the tour but the tasting surprised us. This whiskey is unpeated and has a marvelous christmas pudding nose. Well of course we bought a bottle. Onwards to the old town of Stirling. William Wallace monument & Stirling Castle. We drove to William Wallace monument for some quick pictures and then off the the castle. To spend a few ours in this place is well worth it. The castle has been restored to what it looked like in 1503. SPECTACULAR!!!! The artwork, tapestries, furniture were all amazing. The ceiling in ... read more
Bonnethill Rd.
Tea Room
Blair Athol

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Pitlochry October 25th 2014

Day 8 - Fort William to Pitlochry Sorry guys but the hotel at Pitlochry was a bit dickey and we could not send out the blog. As a side note we are enjoying the Scottish TV shows, Pointless, Gogglebox & The Chase. The rain is still with us again today. Pictures become extremely challenging because for some reason the wind is always blowing from the direction that I want to point the camera. On this trip i have cleaned the lenses at least a dozen times per day. OK - out of Fort William after a breakfast of parritch with WHISKEY! GOD I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! We are going to head thru some more rugged parts of the highlands. We did find some more rugged roads that are one lane, no guard rails, no straight sections ... read more
Smoked salmon
Scottish Friend
Small town

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Fort William October 23rd 2014

Another day of, as the locals say.... "Shyte weather" but nonetheless we braved the rain & wind for a trip back in time. Elke had surprised me with first class tickets in the 1st car. Nice big wing back chairs with a view to allow the world to glide by. As is usual for the train system here we left at exactly 10:15. Very shortly the sweets trolley appeared which supplied tea & coffee with shortbreads. Occasionally the rain would let up and allowed us the chance for some pictures. A quick stop at Glenfinnan to stretch our legs where there is a diner and a small railway museum. We have been to Glenfinnan before thankfully because it was a long walk to the monument to celebrate the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his attempt ... read more
13B & 13 F
Jacobite on Viaduct

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Fort William October 22nd 2014

Day 6 - Portree to Fort William. Well the weather today was no in our favour. No high winds but a steady light rain all day. This was supposed to be the day to sail around looking for wildlife but no such luck. With a late start we decided to drive to Elgol anyways. We knew it was a picturesque drive (if not slightly treacherous). We were also looking forward to the Tea Room (closed) so we looked for another place and found the Elgol shop. A lunch of leek & potatoe soup with the Elgolian (squat lobster sandwich). On our way to Fort William we had time for a little excursion hoping to see some wildlife. Well we thought the road to Elgol was exciting...the road to Kylerhea was a real adventure. With the excessive ... read more
Cottage on the misty mountain
Run Off
Sharing the road

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Portree October 21st 2014

Today's travels are courtesy of the EX- hurricane Ganzalo. Another new phrase from the UK. Extreme high winds with rain, sleet and hail. Temps dropped from 17 down to 4. Very unusual for this area. After a breakfast of poached eggs & haggis we left the Morangie area and went to look for The Old Nigg Church. I had found this on the Historic Scotland website. It is signifigant because of it's Pictish stone which dates back to 700 AD. When St. Columba brought Christianity to the area he was converting the Pictish inhabitants. The stone shows their original beliefs on one side & Christian beliefs on the other. The graveyard had another interesting stone. The Cholera Stone. It was believed that Cholera was caused by bad Miasma's (air that came from decaying bodies). When one ... read more
Cholera Stone
Pict a
Pict b

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Caithness County » Wick October 20th 2014

Today's trip is taking us around the northeastern part of the mainland. The weather is overcast & 10 degrees. Some slight sprinkles of rain. First stop was Dunrobin Castle, home a the Earl of Sutherland. Sadly they were closed for the winter. Winter? Really? The flowers are still blooming for crying out loud.. As we follow the highway we were able to find a few spots that had awesome vistas and photo op's. The first one was cemetery marked as Commonwealth war graves just outside of Helmsford. We drove down a laneway beside a country cottage where there really was no parking. BUT what a view! Further along we went for a walk towards the cliffs to visit Badbea a "Highland Clearance village". This was where people were forced to leave there homes that were in ... read more
Cemetery Cottage
Not to be opened

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Dornoch October 19th 2014

This blog is written tonight under the influence of 15 yr Dalmore. Starting off leaving Peterhead we visited as many small fishing villages as we could. The winding narrow streets were a treat to drive. Some villages claim to be 16th or 17th century. We stopped when we heard the bells ringing in Fraserburgh where the minister asked us to come in for the service but we begged off and headed back onto the road. Next stop was Duff House. A manor house donated to the National Trust. We just had to have a lunch of cullen skink & tea in the tea room. This place has the best town names... Buckie, Lossiemouth, Duffus, etc... and we drove thru all of them. Stopping at the Elgin cathedral ruins. 2 of the main towers are still intact ... read more

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