Maureen Currie

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Maureen Currie

Eating and drinking my way through my vacations....



Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay August 18th 2011

Tuesday morning, we got up and jumped in the car again in order to go to Finlaggan (on the way to Port Askaig) where they used to crown the lord of the isles and where they ruled form the 12th to about the 15th century....I won't write about it, you can read more here: http://www.finlaggan.com/about.asp. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but they do have a little visitor's centre (with some detail and artifacts), and you can see the ruins of some of the buildings (although the stone paths to the other islands involved are now under water since the water levels are much higher these days). All for a whopping price of 3GBP....I found it interesting, but part of that may be a family connection and we spent over an hour here, but may ... read more
What the sign says....
The Bunnahabhain Warehouse
Bunnahabhain

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Argyll » Isle of Islay August 15th 2011

We left Inverness around 9:30 in the morning via a train destined for Glasgow. This time, we had a much better trip: our seats were reserved and we had a place for our luggage...so other than a family that needed to learn how to use their inside voices, the trip was more what we were used to when we had been to Scotland previously. We arrived at Glasgow Queen Street Station shortly before 1 PM and our flight wasn't until 5, but since we had bulky bags, we decided to head straight to the airport (probably our most expensive taxi ride at 25GBP). Cor and I only had a baggage allowance of 20 kg for the flight to Islay and we knew that we were going to be over with all of the clothes shopping (and ... read more
Bowmore Distillery
Bruichladdich
Hit it, Daddio...

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Inverness-shire » Inverness August 11th 2011

We got up at a decent time again, and had another quick, cold breakfast of cereal and fruit so that we could get out to the practice range one last time before we left St. Andrews. We picked up the shuttle to the course that drove right past our B&B and we were there in 5 minutes (it's generally about a 25 minute walk). There, Cor and I each got 50 balls and rented a club (I lied before, the balls were 3.50GBP and the club was 2.50GBP). Afterwards, we picked the shuttle up outside the practice range. As we were waiting for more possible passengers, a Coke truck came up behind the shuttle, honked it's horn, and in response, the shuttle (with its door open) whipped around the parking lot in a dangerous fashion and ... read more
Ardross Terrace
The view
Loch Ness Boat Tour

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife » Saint Andrews August 7th 2011

We got up early for us on the trip...7:30 AM - unimaginable!!!! ;) We were both super draggy from being out the night before, but me being the crazy organizer that I am, I wanted to make sure that we got to the station and grabbed our tickets with plenty of time. So, we locked up and said goodbye to our flat and Edinburgh, and took a taxi to Waverly Station (which seemed super lazy because it's not that far away, we just didn't want to drag our bags over the mound). We had no problem collecting our tickets, so we stopped for a coffee before jumping on our train to Leuchars, which is where you have to take the train to in order to get to St. Andrews. An hour train ride and a short ... read more
Glass House x 2
Nahm Jim...
More Nahm Jim

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 5th 2011

Another late start to the day, but we ate a quick breakfast of scones, jam, and clotted cream and headed over to Market Street in order to pick up our tickets for the Military Tattoo. We then made our way past Waverly Station in order to go to the Princes Street Mall that ended up being a successful trip for Corwin. Then we headed back to Thai Orchid on Johnston's Terrace to see if we could get in for lunch without a reservation. We both decided to have the 7.95GBP "Business Lunch" where we could choose a starter, a main, and then ice cream or coffee. We both started with the deep fried bean curd with sweet chili sauce. Cor had the red coconut curry chicken, while I had the pork stir fried in curry with ... read more
Stilts dude...
Bee Hive Inn
Tattoo

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 4th 2011

With my gift voucher from Jemma in hand, we headed over to Harvey Nichols. I had trouble finding something there because it's of course all designer brands that really aren't appreciated where I live. I also couldn't find anything that I really loved. Then, I headed my way to the sunglasses.....and there I found a pair of Alexander McQueen's and ended up buying them. As for the price tag....don't ask. We hit a couple of other stores, but since we really don't get moving early in the morning, it was already time to head back to the Mile and near the castle for our 1PM lunch reservation at the Witchery (I tried to make the reservation for dinner, but the only times available were 2200 or 2300...um, that's a touch late). We sat in the secret ... read more
My lunch
Cor's lunch
Cor's dessert

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 2nd 2011

August 1st was my birthday, so to celebrate, I made us some breakfast (hey wait, how did that happen?) and Cor and I hit the streets to go shopping again (yes, I know, we're not doing anything really touristy, but that's the point of this trip). Cor bought a few things, including some Paul Smith stuff, from Jenners/House of Fraser and then we checked out the mall. We had a reservation at the Rhubarb at Prestonfield House for afternoon tea because that's what I REALLY wanted to do for my birthday. So looking at the map, I saw that it looked like it wasn't far from where my friend used to live and thought that we could easily make the trek. 40 minutes at a ridiculously fast pace and ripped up feet later, we made it ... read more
The spread
Me...
Jeckyll & Hyde's

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 31st 2011

After having a fantastic sleep in until noon, Cor and I got ready and made our way up the steps towards the castle. We then went over the mound and through the Princes Street Gardens in order to make our way to Princes St. which is where there is quite a bit of shopping (my favourite has to be Marks & Spencer because I can buy work clothes there that aren't totally lame and not crazy expensive). I made a few purchases at Marks & Spencer, Top Shop ( a cute bunny dress - yes, I am almost 31 years old), and of course BHS for our new towels. We met Jemma after she was off work and headed towards one of my favourite little bars for a quick drink - Jeckyll and Hydes on Hanover. ... read more
Jeckyll and Hydes
Mother India on Infirmary St.
Tablet ice cream

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 30th 2011

So after hanging out in the Toronto Airport, we were finally on our way to London. Even though I'm not much of a social drinker, I of course couldn't pass up champagne on the plane. The ride seemed oddly short, and then we settled into the BMI lounge for our 6 hour lay over. After being a half hour late (which isn't that bad since the queue to take off out of London always seems crazy), we grabbed a taxi to take us to our flat at 1 Grassmarket (and no, I did not seen anything for the Royal wedding of Zara Phillips that was happening at Holyrood House on the way). Our flat is pretty great - spacious for Edinburgh. And while the towels are a touch small and thin (we seriously bought new ones ... read more
On the plane...
The view...
More of a view...

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto July 29th 2011

So after waking up waaaaaaaaay too early, we finally left Regina at 10:15 on Air Canada. I stupidly ate a croissant from Tim Horton's in the airport before we left, but once we were on our way to Toronto, the flight attendant asked if we wanted an omelet or pancakes. Even though Cor and I were both stuffed, we promptly ordered an omelet and demolished most of it (check out the first of many food pictures). Probably the best airplane food that we ever had....and Cor really liked the little salt and peppers. We're now hanging out in the lounge in Toronto and despite the fact that we have probably consumed more calories than what we would eat in a normal day, I'm considering getting some ravioli and Cor just finished some chips and salsa. Does ... read more
Salt & Pepper




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