Over a period of six days or so we were able to explore the two largest islands in the Inner Hebrides: the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Mull. Both were indescribably beautiful, wild and dramatic, with rocky coastlines and clear blue water. Not to mention the piles of fresh seafood and friendly locals. … Continue reading

Enroute to Skye

Between Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye there was a night in Stirling, a day of driving, and the finding of Chad’s cousin, Mehdi and his wife, Jahan, who were accompanying us to Skye. Stirling itself was relatively unremarkable. While Stirling Castle and the surrounding area was pretty, the town itself was a bit bland … Continue reading

Scotland: The Metropolitan bits

In spite of my enthusiasm for the Scottish countryside, our Easter holiday began in Edinburgh. And much to Chad’s dismay, we spent less than 24 hours there. Since he’d visited last May, he knew exactly how lovely the city is and wanted me to see it as well. However, I was anxious to get out … Continue reading

Easter 2012

A riddle: Where must you travel in order to combine the best of country living (wide open spaces, a lack of people and darling farm animals) with the best of Seattle living (coastline, fresh seafood and good beer)? I’ll give you a hint… Turns out, Scotland (or at least the bits we saw) has everything … Continue reading

Berlin and the Wall

Following a *restful* night’s sleep on the train, we awoke in Berlin, a city that provided a nice contrast to the refinement, seriousness, and high butter/pastry content of Paris. As in Paris, we’d rented an apartment in the city through airbnb and were pleasantly surprised at the high ceilings and hardwood floors of our little … Continue reading