Pomp and Circumstance and a Holiday's End

And now, oh yes, on to the final chapter in our Scotland/Holland holiday!

When we left you last it was a Wednesday evening, and V and I were wrapping up our three days in Edinburgh resting up for what was ahead. Thursday was a travel day, and travel we did! Our morning started off with one last big Scottish breakfast at the hotel, a short, slightly soggy walk to the bus stop, and a ride to the Edinburgh airport where we hopped on our plane to Amsterdam, the land of tulips and windmills. It was a homecoming for V, but for me a brand new adventure in a brand new country! With me bum knee though and two airports and a train station to navigate our way through our goal for the day was to simply make it to our room for the night more or less in one piece!
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Edinburgh!

I LOVE Edinburgh! It's been my favorite city for many, many years now ever since I first saw it on a spur of the moment side trip while on a holiday that had gone slightly awry. Some friends suggested taking in the city for a couple of days, so I did and I was hooked. That's where V and I were heading next on a gale-like Monday morning out on the Isle of Skye. We loaded up our car and headed off into the winds and the rain at about 8:30AM. It was a long drive to Edinburgh, in the range of 6 hours or so, with a rental car drop off deadline at the other end, so we wanted to get an early start. Read More...
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A Cottage On The Isle Of Skye


So that Monday morning was the beginning of our 8th day in Scotland. Once again we packed up our bags and loaded our car, got out the maps and our set of directions where we could easily lay our hands on them, pulled out onto the road saying "Left, left, left, left..." and we were off!
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To The Northern Coast

That Friday, the morning of our 5th day in Scotland (after one last mammoth Scottish breakfast for the road) we packed our bags, loaded our car, and set off for the far north coast. We were heading for Wick where we had a B&B room reserved for just the one night, and we had the whole day to wind our way up the A9 and see what we could see along the way!
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My Heart's In The Highlands

My friends often ask me what it is about Scotland and the Highlands that draws me to them so strongly. Well, it's mostly one of those mysterious intangibles I think, really just a very strong sense of being home there, of belonging. But that's not really much of an explanation, is it? So I usually just tell them, if you ever go and see it for yourself, you will know. Really that's as true an explanation I think as the first, and now V has been there to see for herself! Read More...
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