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Glencoe, Scotland, Ten Days in the UK by Car

Loch Ness Hunter

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Christmas Market, Princes Street, Snapshots of Edinburgh, Scotland

Snapshots Of Edinburgh

Snapshots of Edinburgh, Scotland For Instagram Travel Thursday this week, I am sharing images of Edinburgh. Mary Polly and I went to Scotland’s capital city a couple of weekends ago to go on a Haggis Tour to Loch Ness for a day. We stayed right off the Royal Mile with Smart City Hostels and spent …

Chapel of St. Lesmo, Glen Tanar, Scotland

Chapel of St. Lesmo

Whenever I come across an old chapel on one of our walks in the country, I want to stop for a while. Sometimes I lag behind my family while I circle a church, and if I really want to get behind, I walk all the way inside. The Chapel of St. Lesmo is usually closed …

Lake District, England, United Kingdom, Cumbria

Hiking in England: Lake District

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London Eye

Snapshots of London

Going to London for just a few days is like choosing to have only a piece of pie at Thanksgiving Dinner. On one hand, it feels ridiculous to have such a small sampling of a massive table of culinary delights. But on the other hand, if you can only have a taste, you might as …

Scottish Coastal Trail, Scotalnd Lighthouse, Day Trips In Aberdeenshire, Chinos In Scotland

Scottish Coastal Trail + Lighthouses

On one of our recent school holidays, we drove a bit of the Scottish Coastal Trail, a historical  Heading north from Aberdeen, we thought we could make a few unplanned stops, end up somewhere fun for lunch and then slowly make our way back home in time for a late dinner. We stopped first when …

Hiking In Scotland With Kids, Bennachie in October, Back O Bennachie

Hiking In Scotland: Bennachie

We’ve made a couple of trips now to hike in an area called Bennachie that is only about a 30 minute drive from Aberdeen. The countryside around our city is referred to as Aberdeenshire, so we are quite fond of saying, Let’s head out to the shire today! or Come on y’all, we’re going to …

Lake District, England, United Kingdom, Cumbria, Buttermere YHA

Besotted With Buttermere

A Family Hostel Stay At The Buttermere YHA It’s always a bit of a puzzle to figure out accommodation for a family of six. If we stay in a hotel, we need two rooms, since our kids are growing like weeds and cannot be bundled together as easily anymore. Getting two hotel rooms for several …

Lake District, England, United Kingdom, Cumbria, Sheep

Snapshots of the Lake District

Sharing a few Instagram snapshots of the Lake District today for #IGTravelThursday, a link up for those who love Instagram + Travel.  I also found a very fun list today of 100 Fantastic Instagram Accounts to Follow for Travelers.  Instagram is definitely changing the way we plan and share our travels! Yesterday I put up …

Dublin Bike, Happy Misfortune in Dublin, AlisonChino.com

A Happy Misfortune In Dublin

I am sad to say that I did not visit a single place on my list of sights to see in Dublin. I don’t regret for a minute that I spent the bulk of my time in Ireland on a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way, because it was the trip of a lifetime, to …

Dublin Doors, Snapshots of Ireland, Instagram Ireland

Snapshots of Ireland

I still have one or two more stories to share from my time in Ireland, but I thought it would be fun to just do a random assortment of pictures today for Instagram Travel Thursday. Linking up with this group of fun travelers has been a highlight of blogging from Europe for me.  It is …

Adventures In Ireland, Wild Atlantic Way Northwest, AlisonChino.com, Slieve Leig, Donegal

Adventures In Ireland

What comes to your mind when you think of Ireland? If we play that word association game where I say red and you say apple, what would you say if I said Ireland? Green. Castles. Cliffs. What else? Red hair, maybe. Guinness, of course. Pubs. Friendly people. If we played this game for an hour, …

Why You Should Visit Ireland

Perhaps you have been told at one time or another that the Irish people are friendly and warm. You might have also heard that Ireland is sometimes called the Land of A Thousand Welcomes (Cead Mile Failte). But before I actually went to Ireland, I didn’t understand that this phrase is not just a slogan.  …

Camping on the River Dee, Scotland, Highland Getaway

Highland Getaway

30 Hour Midweek Highland Getaway I can already tell that one of the most wonderful things about living in Scotland is going to be that it takes almost no time at all to get out into the country. Just a few miles outside of the city, the Scottish Highlands are already beckoning to us! While …

The Campanile, Venice, Italy, Europe, Perfect Views, Travel, Eurocruisazy

Snapshots of the Campanile in Venice, Italy

Visiting The Campanile in Venice, Italy When you’re walking in dream-like Venice, there is not a single moment in which you do not want to snap a photo.  Every doorway and window.  Each little bridge or canal. Venice is breathtaking at every turn. You have to force yourself out from behind your camera to take …

Printing Eurocruisazy Instagrams

I have so many pictures from my trip to Europe with my daughter (which we affectionately refer to as Eurocruisazy) that it has been overwhelming to think about printing them. I didn’t think I could begin to choose, so when InstaThis contacted me about reviewing some Instagram prints, I jumped at the chance to choose …

Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

A Visit to The Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy This post is part of a continuing series about a Mediterranean Cruise I took with my thirteen year old daughter in the fall of 2012.  After wandering the city of Venice for several hours, we visited The Doge’s Palace. Overlooking the Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace was …

venice, venice from the bridge of sighs, venice architecture, canals, mediterranean cruise, carnival, cruise ports

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy: A Few First Impressions This post is part of a continuing series about a Mediterranean Cruise I took with my thirteen year old daughter in the fall of 2012.  Today I am talking about Venice! You’ve seen Venice in movies, pictures and books all of your life, but still, there is nothing quite …

Mediterranean Cruise Ports, Dubrovnik, Croatia, Old City, European Travel, Mediterranean Cruise

Snapshots of Dubrovnik, Croatia

    If you are planning a Mediterranean Cruise in the near future, you should know, The Port of Dubrovnik, Croatia is worth the price of your entire cruise. So make sure it’s on your ports of call when you book. Settled on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia, this little gem of a port …