Mike Serink and Michelle Radmanovich


Mike Serink and Michelle Radmanovich

Living the northern life - well northwestern Bergen Norway life to be exact ; )

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen December 23rd 2011

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 15th 2009

On Saturday, we were on the road again on the Isle of Skye... First we had to see the sites then it was the monstrous drive to Oban. We first took in a couple of the little tourist stops... the first was a tannery that made sheep skins, you may see one of these in our living room one day. The second was a place that died yarn with natural dies found only in nature... not all that exciting. After that it was onto Dunvegan castle to take in the home of the MacLeod's. Occupied pretty much throughout its 800 year history (including today), the castle is a pretty interesting view on clan life today and in the past. For all you single girls(Tracy), the clan Chief is married, but who knows, he is under forty ... read more
Water Gardens at Dunvegan
View from the Battlement at Dunvegan
Oban at Night

Today was travel day again... as is tomorrow... but we managed to find some pretty cool things along the way. We left Stornoway this morning and traveled to Tarbert to catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye. Since we had time to kill we thought we'd check out a bit of south Harris. We first found the Golden road. So named, not because of its beauty, but by the stupid amount it cost to build it. It stretches along the east east coast of south Harris through the various little villages. We found it just to check out a Harris tweed shop that was ok but nothing spectacular. The road is one car wide just like many other roads we've encountered, only this one undulated a lot so we you never really knew if someone ... read more
Harris Beaches
View from the Skye B&B

Tuesday was an easy day in Inverness. The first part of the day we traveled by boat out to the Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness and were dropped off for an hour. After our return we headed to the Loch Ness Exhibit Center which is dedicated to telling the story (scientifically) of the Nessie mystery. It was a pretty good exhibit for 6 pounds. After that we went off to the battle of Culloden interpretive center that open up just last year. The center was great and gave an excellent description of the battle, the atrocities that took place after and the significance to the shaping of the world today on how that battle turned out. That was pretty much it for Inverness, short but sweet. Yesterday was a travel day... Since our ferry didn't leave ... read more
Urquhart Castle
Views At Glen Affric
Departing Ullapool

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness June 8th 2009

First of all a general obeservation: Driving over here is a breeze... speed up when people are crossing the road, pull off to the side so oncomming traffic can make it by you(on public roads) and and dammit stay on the left hand side of the road (unless you're parking of course, then it doesn't really matter). So the last couple of days have be somewhat uneventfull... not at fault of ours, but mostly due to food or a virus(we're not sure which). On Friday, Brigid, Skye (Brigid's baby), Jelna (Brigid's Mom), Michelle and I went into Aberdeen for a little tour around and some lunch (John had to work). We then went back to Brigid and John's house for a relaxing evening in front of the TV. On Saturday Michelle and I went to go ... read more
Aberdeen Lighthouse
Highland Dancing
Tossing the Cabre

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Aberdeenshire » Aberdeen June 5th 2009

Wednesday afternoon we did a historical walking tour of Dublin. Tour was lead by a PHD grad from Trinity college; so she new her stuff. We walked through Trinity College which is one of the ancient Universities(established in the late 1500s). Then its was off to the old parliament, Dublin city hall(which completely puts to shame any city hall I've ever seen), Dublin castle, and then Christs Church. That was it for the tourist things as it was back to the hotel to pack for our fights to Scotland. Yesterday, we flew from Dublin to Aberdeen. Got our rental car, checked in to our B&B then we went to meet Skye, Brigid and John's new addition. She's a cutie. Now we're just hanging out with Brigid, John, Skye and Brigid's Mom for the weekend.... read more

Yesterday was Guinness day. That's right we went and did the brewery tour and had a great old time. It’s a self guided tour through a museum dedicated to the history and brewing of the Great beer. What did we do... we skipped all that and went straight to the top to have our Guinness. The "last" stop on the tour is a free pint in the Gravity Bar... 7 stories up with a 360 degree view of Dublin. After our pint we worked our way backwards through the exhibits. After a stop at the Guinness store for some paraphernalia we hopped onto the “hop on hop off” tour bus that takes you to all the sites around Dublin. I would highly recommend this to people who visit as it gets you to most sites around ... read more
Mike's Great Guinness
Mike Tasting his Guinness
Mike Savouring His Guinness

Europe May 31st 2009

So yesterday we made another mammoth drive from Killarney to Dublin. We stopped off in Blarney where the famous Blarney stone resides. Since Mike has the gift of eloquence already, he chose to not go up and kiss the stone, but meet up with his relatives instead. Three of the girls went to the castle, climbed the stairs, bent over and kissed the stone. We haven't noticed anything yet, but I'm sure they'll be speaking Gaelic anytime now. My relatives were great. We chatted for a while over a cup of tea and then sat down for a nice pick nick Sharon had put together. The three kids where fun and interesting and Ken and Sharon where great Irish hosts. We had to end lunch quickly as we had to get up to Dublin before our ... read more
Blarney Castle
Random People Kissing The Stone
Our Little Friends at Blarney

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney May 29th 2009

First welcome to those that Michelle and I added to the Blog's email list. We'll be doing this once every couple of days or so... so have a read and don't expect any real good grammar... So yesterday was a marathon of a drive from Doolin to Killarney via the Dingle peninsula. We started the day with a quick drive to the Cliffs of Moher which are spectacular. We then took off south down towards the River Shannon, which is the widest river in Ireland at 5 miles, to cross on a ferry. On our way we stopped at St. Brigid's Well which was pretty cool. After that we learned a very valuable lesson... always carry spare side mirror with you while driving in Ireland; You see the roads are quite narrow and with all the ... read more
Cliffs of Moher
St. Brigid's Well
Cows We Had to Pass

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Doolin May 28th 2009

So... we made it to Ashford Castle with out a problem, although apparently reserving seats on the train does not mean a whole lot here. At the castle (see the amazing pics) we had afternoon tea and then Michelle and the girls toured the gardens while Mike went for a run(need room for the Guinness). We went for an "informal" dinner at the thatched roof restaurant at the castle then enjoyed the live local entertainment in the Dungeon lounge. On Tuesday we had a rather large buffet breakfast and took a boat tour of Lough Corrib that Ashford Castle is situated on. We then walked into the local town Cong to mingle with the commoners and have a bit of a late lunch. Mike played 9 holes of golf and the girls relaxed for the afternoon ... read more
Gala Event
...And After
The Burin

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