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

Geo: 55.8656, -4.25722Today we set out to explore Glasgow. We drove into the city centre and found a car park at the Buchanan Galleries. This is a large shopping complex in the middle of Glasgow. There are two streets that have been turned into malls here, Sauchiehall St and Buchanan Street. The latter is the more attractive as it is lined with elegant 19th century buildings which have been largely occupied by modern stores like Borders. We wandered along, browsing through the shops. We were still looking for a McEwen scarf which had proved elusive. We found one in a kiltmaker's shop, Hector Russell's. I was pleased.We had lunch just off George Square in a Cafe Uno which is a chain restaurant but inexpensive and good food. In George Square they were holding the Glasgow Piping ... read more
Seagulls do not respect famous statues
They knew Fletcher was coming!!
Town Hall, George Square, Glasgow

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Lanarkshire » Glasgow August 13th 2008

Geo: 55.8656, -4.25722We headed of f from Plockton this morning about 9-30am. Drove to Kyle of :Lochash, the entrance to the Isle of Skye. We drove over the Skye bridge and headed to Portree the capital of Skye. The scenery was great, hilly counrty with plenty of green and purple and of course marvellous views across the water. Stopped in Portree for a short time and walked along the wharf. We then decided to drive back to Kyle and head southward. Stopped at Dornie at Eilean Dorne castle. Fletcher was desperate to take a photo so drove up into the hills but the viewpoint there did not give us a good view. In the end we had lunch at the local pub in Dornie.It had been a lovely morning with sunny skies.As we drove south , ... read more
Eilean Dorne Castle
North West Highlands

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Sutherland » Lairg August 11th 2008

Europe » United Kingdom August 11th 2008

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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Perthshire » Perth August 8th 2008

Geo: 56.4245, -3.46242We awoke to sunshine in Bamber Bridge. I was deceived so wore a T shirt and shorts. After breakfast and packing up we bade farewell to Cath and Chris after they had steered us to a petrol station and the entrance to the Freeway. We had had a fantastic time with them. Thanks, Cath and Chris for your wonderful hospitality!!!We drove on the M6 towards Edinburgh. the clouds gathered and the rain bucketed down. The scenery was great, what we could see, green fields, hills, stone fences and sheep. After Carlisle we headed up the A7, the historic tourist route to Edinburgh. It continued to rain, we listened to the England/South Africa 4th Test match and we finally stopped for some lunch about 1-50pm in Stow at the Cloud Cafe.After an half hour break ... read more
Home away from home
Our store in Perth
Perth and the Tay river

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Preston August 6th 2008

Geo: 53.7577, -2.70344After a fabulous night at the theatre watching Spamalot we drove here yesterday.It was a miserable day, lots of rain and cloud. We picked up our Ford from Hertz at Marble Arch and proceeded to find the M1. Our route was simple, the M1 to the M6 and straight on to Preston. Apart from an initial holdup due to an accident, we found the going straightforward, stopping only for a sandwich at one of the reststops.Approaching Preston we rang Chris and he guided us to Ye Old Hobe Inn where he and Cath soon joined us. It was great to see them again.After a convivial drink we followed them to their house in Greystoke Close in Bamber Bridge, a pretty place with a lovely garden, all Cath's work!!(though Chris insists he mows the lawns)After ... read more
Hoghton Hall
In front of the Parsonage in Haworth
Memorial tablet in Haworth church

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 4th 2008

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236This morning we headed to Buckingham Palace to visit the State Rooms which are only open to the public during August and September. We had bought our tickets yesterday which saved hours in the queue and arrived there just before 10am, our scheduled time. Fletcher had done this once before but I had not had the opportunity of being here as usually school demanded me to be present there.The State Rooms were designed by John Nash and are very elegant and sumptuous. There is an abundance of gold and white in the elaborate ceilings and the various drawing rooms are named for their different colours, green, red, blue white, etc. The magnificent ballroom was set up as it would be for a State Dinner with the full table settings and glassware displayed. I did ... read more
In St James Park looking back at Betty's
St Martin in the Field, Trafalgar Square
The back door of Betty's house

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 4th 2008

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236The last 2 days have ben travelling and wandering. On Saturday we spent the morning getting repacked and checking out. After lunch we drove to Salem. This is a 45 minute drive from Boston and having taught The Crucible over the last few years I was keen to see the town. This is a great place although they play the Witch connection for all they can. Many of the shops etc are very kitschy!!However,we did visit two places I really wanted to see. One was the House of the Seven Gables, subject of Nathaniel Hawthorne's book and the other, the Memorial to the victims of the witch trials. The latter was next to the old cemetry and is a small glade with stone seats either side, each containing the name of one of the ... read more
Rebecca Nurse's memorial
Salem Burial Ground
Typical House in Salem

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston August 2nd 2008

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596Today Fletcher and I headed off early towards Cape Cod. It was a warm sunny day and we wanted to see an area that we had often heard and read about.Our first stop was at Plymouth, site of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims' landing. We were very suprised by how small Plymouth Rock is. They have it covered by a stone portico which is being renovated so we could only glimpse the rock through a small window. I had imagined a huge stone outcrop but this is tiny . They say it is only a third of the original size due to various souvenirs, moves etc over the years.We then went on board the Mayflower 2, an exact replica of the original. This had been made in the 50s and sailed from Plymouth in ... read more
Inside the Mayflower
Pilgrims' Monument

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston August 1st 2008

Geo: 42.3585, -71.0596Today we went into the City of Boston, using the subway system which is very efficient. We emerged onto Tremont street and started to follow the Freedon Trail. This is marked by a redbrick line which continues along the footpath. Our first stop was the King's Church burial ground which contained graves from the late 1600s.From there we went to the Old South Meeting House. This was where the meeting was held that determined the strategy of the Boston Tea Party. It has been a centre of political and religious gatherings since the settlement of Boston. It was interesting to see the enclosed pews which could be rented by families by the year.From there it was not far to the Old State House. From the balcont of this building the Declaration of Independence was ... read more

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