The Cotswolds, UK

The Cotswolds, the beautiful English countryside. It conjures up thoughts of lush, green rolling hills, leisurely picnics, punting along a gentle river, big floppy hats, beautiful manor houses, sheep grazing contentedly on verdant hillsides, quaint, idyllic villages, pubs and so much more. The beauty of the countryside will take your breath away. The Cotswolds is…

Loch Ness, Scotand

Scotland has over 30,000 beautiful lochs, which is truly a staggering number given the size of the country. The majority of these are located in the Highlands, and Loch Ness is probably the most famous due to the legend of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionally known as Nessie. We visited Loch Ness in October 2017,…

The Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are truly one of the most beautiful and magical places in the world. You will find rugged, stunning landscapes, numerous inviting lochs, rocky beaches, majestic mountains and an abundance of wildlife. This corner of the globe should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Our Highland adventure included the Backies, a region in…

Bath Spa, UK

The picturesque and charming town of Bath Spa, a 90 minute train ride from London, is filled with a rich and interesting history dating back to 60 AD when the Romans built the famous baths here. Situated on the River Avon, you will find many other fascinating sites in Bath including Bath Abbey, the famous…

UK Castles

There are approximately 1,500 castles in the UK, many dating back to the 6th century AD and earlier. You’ll find a wide variety of structures in varying conditions; from fairytale castles to others that are a pile of ruins, and everything in between. Visiting these historical locations is high on my bucket list, and I…

Crichton Castle, Scotland

Located in Midlothian, on a bluff overlooking the River Tyne are the ruins of Crichton Castle. Built in the 1300s, it was originally the home of, as the name implies, the Crichtons, but over the years passed through the hands of various families including James Hepburn, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. It…

Photos From Scotland

It has been a few years since I visited Scotland, and since travel is so restricted right now, it may be a while before I get back. Until then, I will enjoy my photos and memories of this ruggedly, beautiful country. Stone steps leading to Loch Ness. Crossroads. Loch Brora above. Below are the remains…

York, England

The medieval city of York located in Northern England, is a fascinating place to explore. You will find cathedrals, museums, city walks, ghost tours, outdoor activities and The Shambles; York is a great location for families, couples, and solo travelers. York Minster, completed in 1472 after hundreds of years of construction, is one of the…

Lunch in London, Dinner in Paris

Have you noticed that when you use frequent flyer miles for airline tickets that the route to your final destination is never very direct? A few years ago when my husband and I were flying home from France, the airline sent us to Heathrow, then to Minneapolis, then to Salt Lake City, and then finally…