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Published: January 25th 2007
Our introduction to Scotland
As soon as we crossed the border into Scotland we headed toward Gretna Green. This is the elopement capital of the UK. For the right price anybody can get married here.
A nice hot shower before bed helped me cool off a bit so I slept well through the night. We enjoyed a rather sumptuous buffet breakfast at the hotel. We had scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, broiled tomatos, cereals, oatmeal, orange and tomato juices and the ever-popular baked beans. In Italy and France I found most of the breakfasts pretty lacking while I've never gone wrong in Germany and Austria. It seems that in the UK it's hit or miss. One morning you'll have a huge buffet and the next you might get a stale roll and some Cheerios. But for the most part on this trip we got pretty decent breakfasts.
Once again James was very willing to offer Gail a myriad of possible diversions from our appointed tour route. I swear if we did all the things he suggested we might we would never have made it to our reserved hotels. On our way to the Scottish Highlands James did convince us to detour off the highway to see Gretna Green. For the life of me I didn't fathom the interest people had in this place. It's sort of like Las Vegas for the Brits only without gambling, nice
Don't blink or you'll miss Glasgow
Apparently there isn't much for tourists to see in Glasgow. At least it wasn't on our itinerary nor did James deem it worth a visit. There was no arguing the fact that today was probably one of the prettiest days this normally dismal, dreary town had seen in quite awhile.
restaurants, hot showgirls, gorgeous hotels, neon lights, or any action whatsoever. Gretna Green is just over the border in Scotland and because of some lapse in Scottish marital laws many Englishfolk sneak over into Scotland to get married thus avoiding England's more restrictive laws. It's like the days when people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey would elope to Maryland where no blood test or waiting period for a marriage license was necessary. It seems in Scotland all you need is to swear your fidelity in front of witnesses and anyone over age sixteen can then make the mistake of a lifetime. England actually requires you to think about what a stupid move you're considering before letting you do it.
Our hotel for the night would be in the Northern Scottish Highlands at the Highlander
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