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Visiting Edinburgh, Red Phone Booths, UK, Scotland

Visiting Edinburgh: Red Phone Booths

My Favorite Red Phone Booths in Scotland The bright red phone booths across the UK are always catching my eye! I have about a gazillion photos of these booths from hikes and walks and travels in the last three years. This one is from the Coast to Coast walk in Grasmere with Diane. But there …

Aberdeen Visitors, Stonehaven, Donnottar Castle, Scotland

Visiting Aberdeen: Stonehaven

Visiting Aberdeen: Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven Our first excursion out of Aberdeen after our overseas move to Scotland was to a castle just outside of Stonehaven. We walked two miles down King Street from where we were staying as guests of a family who were back in the US at the time to Aberdeen’s city …

Snapshots of Versailles Palace, France, Paris

Snapshots of Versailles

A Winter Visit to the Palace of Versailles I’m pretty sure there are three main reasons it took me five trips to Paris to finally make it to Versailles: Number 1. My first four visits to Paris were really short. Number 2. On three of those occasions I had children with me who would have whined …

Eating in Paris, Belly of Paris, Paris Food, Context Travel

Snapshots of Eating in Paris

In a corner of a massive gothic church in the heart of Paris is a monument to the fruit and vegetable sellers who, after 800 years of selling goods in front of this church, were relocated to a suburb in Paris to make way for a train station and a giant shopping mall. Until 1969, …

Shopping in Paris

Snapshots of Shopping in Paris

Snapshots of Shopping in Paris Mama was lagging behind as we made our way through the Tuileries. Jet lag had caught up with her on our first full day in Paris, and we all needed re-fueling after a morning of walking and sightseeing. But then, we hit the Champs-Élysées. The Grandest Boulevard in all of …

Snapshots of Paris

Snapshots of Paris

20 of my favorite Snapshots of Paris! I’m sharing a few highlight Snapshots of Paris today! This is just a little taste of our fab week in Paris. I’ll have to dedicate several posts just to the glorious food we ate, so look for la gastronomie themed photos next! Every time I go to Paris I …

Aberdeen At First Glance, Scotland,Travel With Children, Moving Abroad

Out and About in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, the third largest city in Scotland, is often overlooked by guidebooks and tourists, and there are good reasons for preferring Edinburgh and Glasgow to Aberdeen. However, now that I’ve lived here for a season and shown the area to countless friends, I would vouch for Aberdeen as a decent weekend getaway. Last month I went on …

Ten Days in the UK by Car, Travel, England, Scotland

Ten Days in The UK by Car

Ten Days in the UK by Car This is a whirlwind tour of the UK in a rental car, and if you have more time, I would recommend doing a full week in England and a full week in Scotland, but like I said in my itinerary by train, 10 days seems to be about …

From the London Eye, England, Ten Days in the UK

Ten Days in The UK via Train

Ten Days in the UK via Train Friends, I have been playing a lot this month with creating itineraries around the UK, partly because I am still trying to fit in a few last wanders through the Britain before our time is up and also because I often find myself making recommendations to others about where …

Packing Light Weekend Edition, Europe, UK, travel

Packing Light Weekend Edition

Packing Light Weekend Edition Since I usually travel with my backpack whether I am on the road for five days or fifteen, I wondered if I could get it down even smaller the last time I went to London for the weekend. I set myself the challenge of carrying just a small handbag. And guys! …

Caledonian Sleeper Train, London to Scotland, Aviemore

Snapshots of the Caledonian Sleeper Train

I’ve taken a lot of trains during my time in Europe but this year for the first time I took the sleeper train from London to Scotland. I’ve been super curious about this experience for a while, so I was excited to see what it was like. I opted for a “single berth” instead of …

Camino de Santiago, The Way, Santiago de Compostela, Pilgrims Mass

Chasing Daylight in June: The Way

THE WAY: Summary Of Writing From Sarria to Santiago Friends, thank you so much for walking this pilgrimage with me! It has been a joy to share the adventure with you. I’ve enjoyed writing about our time on the Camino. For me, it’s like re-living the beautiful days on the trail to write about them. …

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Snapshots of the Way: Seaside and Sunshine

On the Camino de Santiago, lots of folks head off to a place called Finisterre after reaching Santiago.  There is a tradition of going to the sea to unburden yourself of your belongings. It’s a second and more final ending to your journey. But we really just wanted a day by the sea. So when …

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims’ Words

I’m reaching the end of my stories and snippets from the Camino de Santiago, and I feel similar to how I felt about finishing the journey in June. A little sad. The treasure in blogging is that I get to relive the memories as I tell the stories. And the princesses have relived them with me. …

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims or Princesses?

LynEtte, Alison, Stephanie and Diane. We declared ourselves to be pilgrims on the road to Santiago. But before we ever started out on the trail, we had a hunch that we were taking The Way a little easier than most. (Camino Lightweights, if you will.) For starters, we were only doing the last stage, by …