Kane Scott

Kane

Kane Scott

The journey continues.

So much to see, so many places to go, and it always seems so little time.! We started with piping competitions in Glasgow, festival season in Edinburgh, and the Highlands of Scotland and we've been slowly but surely adding to this little blog. Still one of the adventure highlights were the Turkey Travels.

It seems that the adventure can sometimes start even before the trekking begins as was the case in 2008 when Zoom Airlines stopped operating just before a planned departure.

Portugal, Spain, and France are wonderful countries. We discovered a really interesting way to tour Paris, - - - create your own Hop On/Hop Off Tour using the Paris Metro. It was an accidental discovery and we plan to go back sometime and really discover Paris.

This blog is just a little way of keeping track of and sharing where I've been, places I've stayed, and the sights I've seen. You're welcome to come with us and comment along the way.



North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria December 13th 2015

Perhaps somewhat unusual for a Travel Blog but while doing Christmas cards Heather suggested "why not post a Christmas letter on the blog ?". My initial reaction was W H A T ? ? ! It's a Travel blog, but then why not ? So if you have been eagerly awaiting another dreaded Christmas letter you have logged in to take a look. A bonus is that there might at least be some pictures. A quick summary. We moved. Summer was sunny, blue skies, and gorgeous. No real travel. Seasons seemed to change overnite and suddenly here we are entering the windy, wet, winter, or "the rainy season" as I call it. Next, what you've been searching for, the letter. Well, it’s that time of year again so Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy, ... read more
Front - full
patio with text
Patio

Europe September 6th 2014

Well, here we go again and we’ve literally been off to a running start. Courtesy of a workplace contact with Delta Airlines we were off to Europe with Delta via Seattle, then direct to Amsterdam where we were either going to fly or take a train (subject to pricing) to the day one destination of Berlin. To get to YVR from South Surrey we had decided to make use of transit since we have a bus stop two blocks from home direct to Bridgeport Station where we would catch a Millenium Line train to YVR to rendezvous with Annie. Locking the house up shortly before 8:00AM Thursday we walked in morning sunshine under blue skies with plenty of time to get to the bus stop but as we were just about to the street the bus ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun February 24th 2014

After a full day touring at Uxmal and nearby Kabah, Saturday and Sunday were days of rest and relaxation in Merida. Besides simply wandering and exploring the old historic centro district of Merida we had one specific “sight” to visit and that was to be Paseo Montejo. Long ago as the Spanish hacienda owners prospered and grew rich on the labours of the conquered Mayan and Mexican peoples they would send their sons and daughters back to Europe for their education. The children were usually sent to institutions in France or Spain for their further education. In time the children would return to the family haciendas in Mexico and eventually take over the operations of the ranch / farm and continue to prosper and accumulate weatlth. The children turned wealthy hacienda owners began talking among themselves ... read more
a grand entrance
more wealth
palatial  old residences

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Uxmal February 22nd 2014

Tuesday morning we were out of the El Caribe (www.elreycaribe.com ) trekking across the now more familiar roads and traffic circles making our way to the ADO bus depot where we were going to catch a bus to Merida. (ever notice how unfamiliar roadways and surroundings look so much better in the light of day ? ) We had decided Monday night that for the trip to Merida we would just catch the next departing bus. It seemed that if we were to be making any decisions there would have been a choice of three types of bus. The standard, First Class, and some sort of Deluxe. When we got to the ticket counter it turned out the next bus would be leaving in about 30 minutes, and it was a First Class unit. Near the ... read more
Hotel Hallway
Pool view
the Courtyard

North America » Mexico » Yucatán » Merida February 19th 2014

I did sort of promise I would try and get some pics up. I think I may have re-discovered how to do this simple task. Bear with me if I fail again. I'm sure someone will let me know ! It looks like maybe some sucess. By the way as I type this about 8:30AM Wednesday my little thermometer says 30. Have a nice day :) !... read more
Outdoor on the beach bar
A glimpse of the courtyard below
A liberating thought

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cancun February 18th 2014

So after a number of years of thinking we should take a winter break to get away from the rain, wind, and chilly temperatures we boarded Westjest Flight 2056 on Saturday morning and ended up in sunshine at the Cancun International Airport shortly after 5:00PM. By the time we cleared customs it was just after 6:00PM and dark. We made our way out of the terminal through the taxi hawkers and time share offers and we were out of the building making a quick right turn to the ADO bus stop, about a 5 minute walk from the terminal doors. Instead of the three or 400 peso offers of transportation to Cancun by taxi or shuttle the bus was a mere 52 pesos each, about $4.50 /$5.00Cdn. It was about a 20 minute bus ride to ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Dubrovnik September 30th 2012

There is not really to much to say about life at the Villa. It’s pretty much 10 days of “same old, same old” but it’s a tough life that someone has to do once in a while. So where is the villa ? Well, Omis is only about 25 – 30 km South of Split but it is about a 45 minute drive. Continue through Omis for about another 8 to 10 km and the highway passes through the village of Stanici and our landmark here for finding the villa is the Sunset Apartments. (Try a Google Maps query of Stanici, if you zoom in to about a 200 m scale you’ll see the Sunset Apts noted on the map) About 100 meters along, continuing sort of South-east and the steps to the villa from the ... read more
Omis Town
Villa View
Restalurant Milo

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia » Omis September 24th 2012

We left Budapest from the Zapadni Kolod train station, Budapest’s newer rail station. Not built in the classical style architecture of the older station we arrived at with its soaring ceilings and sculpted exterior detailing this new station is more contemporary poured concrete and although much newer it is not aging anywhere near as gracefully as its predecessor. It readily shows its age when you enter, but nonetheless it’s functional and although we were an hour early for our departure our train was already at the platform and available for boarding. We had purchased our rail tickets, Budapest to Zagreb, through a travel agency at the rail station and the agent showed us that we would have considerable savings buying a return 1st Class ticket as opposed to a one-way ticket. So we had a 30 ... read more
Zagreb
The Mercedes Show
Zabreb

Europe » Germany September 13th 2012

B & B - - - (Berlin & Budapest) the whirlwind tours The Berlin Whirlwind Turned out the night train from Paris to Berlin didn’t have a dining car so it was combo meals of beer, chipsies, and peanuts for the group. Fortunately, just before arriving in Berlin about 8:30AM we were provided with a light continental breakfast of cereal, bread, cheeses, jams, juice, milk and coffee. Sufficient for the start of our day as we arrived in Berlin’s new main rail station, Berlin Hpf. The station has only been open for a year or two and is a sight itself with trains arriving and departing on two levels separated by two levels of shopping, one between each track level. The railway information services told us how we could get to our hotel by ... read more
Checkpoint Charlie
Schwarzwaldstuben
Berlin Street sign

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Versailles September 7th 2012

Late last year there were thoughts of perhaps experiencing the Orient Express Tour but at about $10,000 per person the 7 day journey seemed perhaps a tad too luxurious. Scrap that idea. Then the light bulb came on. Why not create our own Orient Express tour following the route on the various European rail company services. Paris to Istanbul. The route was laid out, costing no where near $10,000 but did we want to go to Istanbul again? We arrived at Orly airport somewhat South of Paris, as in the Eiffel Tower, so the first task was to get to our hotel. It was not really a task. For 9.32 Euros we purchased a metro pass and took the 7 minute Orly – Val shuttle train to the metro connection. Then it was just 2 transfers ... read more
Charterierre
Palace of Versailles
Gardents of Versailles




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