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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 19th 2011

We waited a really long time for our luggage to appear on the baggage carousel and I was beginning to think it hadn’t made the connection in Zurich but eventually all the bags showed up. Rachel and I stayed with the luggage and Steve went and found Dimitri from Fantasy Travel at the other end of the baggage claim area. Dimitri led us outside to an awesome Mercedes mini bus! And we were the only passengers – cool!! The mini bus was especially cool since there was a taxi strike going on in Greece. Dimitri filled us in on all our travel arrangements for the Athens and islands portions of our trip on the ride from the airport to the Hotel Attalos on Athinas Street in the Monastiraki area of Athens. We had vouchers for each ... read more
Apolis - Anna & Michelle

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 18th 2011

I was heading off to Greece with my friends Steve and Rachel (who are cousins). Our flight was out of Logan on Swiss Air at 9:40pm. We grabbed a bite to eat at Boston Beer Works in Terminal E, which is somewhat of a intrenational travel tradition for me, and then settled in to wait until boarding was called. We had a slight delay after boarding while the customs police pulled a couple passengers off the plane and their luggage too due to “cash money problems”. Hmmmm interesting. So the first part of the flight was uneventful. Steve and Rachel sat in the two seat window/aisle combo and I sat across and slightly behind them in a three seat section next to a really nice couple who were on their honeymoon. They were heading to Santorini ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow September 14th 2008

Glasgow Airport Mom had me set the alarm for 6:30am - early! We didn’t have to be at the terminal until 8:15am. We got up and got ready and finished packing. Yeah - my laundry does not fit in my suitcase. So I started trying to reorganize it some more by shifting some stuff to my carry on and mom put some of the guide books in her carry on too. Still, even with it the fully expanded the suitcase looked like it was going to burst at any moment! So we decided to try to buy a duffel bag at the airport and put my tripod bag and dirty laundry in it if possible. The hotel got us a porter to help us across the street to the terminal building with all of the luggage. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 13th 2008

John Knox House in Edinburgh I didn’t wake up this morning until 8am; it was gloomy, dark and kind of drizzly. We decided to just have breakfast at the hotel to save time and it was toast and yogurt for me. We walked down High Street and poked around in the shops until the John Knox house opened. This is the oldest house in Edinburgh. John Knox was a Protestant Reformer in the 16th century. The house itself was built in 1470 and is owned currently by the Church of Scotland. The house features a fine wooden gallery and a hand painted ceiling. The house isn’t large and it only took about 15 minutes to tour. John Knox House Rosslyn Chapel We then went back to the hotel and packed up. We walked down to get ... read more
Rosslyn Chapel
Crazy Statue
Bank Hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 12th 2008

City Sightseeing Tour Bus There is only continental breakfast at the Ibis, so we went across the street to the Bank Hotel to have a cooked breakfast. They even had hash browns! From there we walked along North Bridge Street to Princes Street to Waverly Bridge where we got on the City Sightseeing Bus. This bus is hop on hop off style and is an open top double-decker as well. We wanted to get off at Edinburgh Castle first thing, but due to road diversions (detours) the bus didn’t go to the castle stop so we couldn’t and so we stayed on until Holyroodhouse. The bus also stops at about a dozen other places and was really the best way to get a feel for what things we wanted to see more of. Wikipedia's Edinburgh Old ... read more
Holyrood House 2
Holyrood House 1
Holyrood House 3

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Stirlingshire » Stirling September 11th 2008

Stirling Castle I had the arm brace on for 4 hours and I woke up in the middle of the night with my hand totally numb - it really hurts! We had continental breakfast this morning and headed right out to Stirling Castle which is only about a half mile up the hill from the Golden Lion Hotel. The castle is built on a high rocky hill and kind of reminds me a bit of the hill of the Acropolis in Athens. The first mention of the castle was between 1107 and 1115. It was a royal castle. We got there right when the castle opened and at first pretty much had the place to ourselves. While we waited the few minutes for the gates to open there was a beautiful rainbow visible just to the ... read more
Stirling Castle 1
Stirling Castle 2
Stirling Castle View

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland September 10th 2008

Crail Harbor Slept well last night - the bed was comfortable and the duvet was warm and fluffy. The pillows were also comfy unlike some of the other pillows with cement like consistency we experienced. We got packed up and went down to breakfast. We talked quite a while with the 3 ladies who had the room across the hall from us. They were all from the UK and were really nice. I walked down to the harbor area to take some photos. Mom wouldn’t come with me, she waited at the hotel. From the Scottish ladies we learned that Neuk means corner. The East Neuk of Fife is just the east corner of Fife which is the county. The harbor was just lovely and picturesque. The sun was out and the sky was bright blue! ... read more
Doune Castle
Golden Lion Hotel

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Crail September 9th 2008

Southward in the rain Well - the plan for today was to see the ruins of Dunottar Castle just south of Stonehaven and then Glamis Castle, St. Andrews and finishing up at Crail in the East Neuk of Fife. But it’s absolutely miserable out today, drizzle alternating with downpours and strong winds. So - we drove out to Dunottar anyway in hopes that the rain would ease up by the time we got there - nope! Was pelting down when we got there. We pulled into the castle car park and looked at the long (at least a quarter mile) walk out to the ruins overlooking the sea and didn’t even get out of the car. I thought about jumping out and grabbing a quick photo at least, but it was raining too hard and you ... read more
Highland Cow
Highland Cow
Highland Cow

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Kincardineshire » Banchory September 8th 2008

Crathes Castle I woke up just after 8am and mom was already in the shower. We had breakfast here at the hotel - scrambled eggs and bacon again - stuck in a breakfast rut! We are staying close by Banchory today which makes a welcome change from all that driving every day. First stop today is Crathes Castle (pronounced Krathis) which is only about two and a half miles east of Banchory in the town of Crathes. The castle is the seat of the family of Burnett of Leys. The land was granted to the family in 1323 by King Robert the Bruce. The Horn of Leys which was presented to the family by King Robert the Bruce still hangs above the fireplace and is the ‘deed’ to the land - well it was in ancient ... read more
Flower at Crathes Castle
Gardens at Crathes Castle
Details of Crathes Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Kingussie September 7th 2008

Kilravock in the light of day… All rightly then - Kilravock Castle was a bit of a strange stay. Mom and I never felt comfortable there. The people running it just didn’t seem all that interested in having guests there or very welcoming. The hotel had a permanent ‘No Vacancy’ sign on the door and at the end of the driveway. We even heard the receptionist tell someone on the phone that the hotel was full up. We only saw 2 other couples there and counted at least 6 or 7 rooms on the first floor alone - weird. (When I was back home and doing some research to round out this journal I went to the hotel website and it says in bold that they are welcoming guests in 2009 so maybe they were just ... read more
Snow Owl
Scottish Wildcat
Driving from Kincraig to Banchory

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