Trip Report: Scotland

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Did you know that golf was invented in Scotland?  Despite its small size, Scotland is filled with rich history, dramatic landscapes, and down-to-earth people.  Endless skies, rugged mountains, glacial valleys, and sparkling lochs have captivated visitors for hundreds of years.  Continue reading

Roadtripping to Isle of Skye (and back)

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When we were planning our trip to Scotland, I knew I wanted to do a road trip.  It was only a matter of convincing hubby that it was a good idea.  Road trips are great for exploring a country because there is more flexibility to plan routes and make lots of pit stops on the way. Since there are so many stunning landscapes it would be a shame not to stop.

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Hotel Review: Tigerlily Edinburgh

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Finding the perfect hotel is a priority whenever I travel since it is important to find a comfortable home-base when exploring a new city. In the past, we had always opted to stay at the bigger hotel chains like Hilton or Starwood because of our status.  Since that status has now mostly expired, we want to try other options like AirBnB and boutique hotels.  While in Edinburgh, we decided to stay at the Tigerlily Edinburgh, an award-winning luxury boutique hotel.  One of the things that drew me to Tigerlily in the first place was their eclectic design. The lounge and bar areas are decorated like the set of a Tim Burton movie – full of pink hues, mirrored walls, extravagant chandeliers, and flowers everywhere. Continue reading

14 Things to do in Edinburgh

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I have to admit that I had a hard time writing the introduction for Edinburgh.  Not because there is nothing to say; quite the opposite in fact, there is so much to see and share that I didn’t quite know where to start. Our three days in Scotland’s capital city was filled with things to do, yet it never felt hectic.  The compact walkable city is filled with quirky nooks that just beg to be discovered. The combination of medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with hidden gardens, neoclassical buildings,  and tiny windy alleys is what makes Edinburgh special. So special in fact that the whole city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

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