Dam! That was fast!

Dam! That was fast!

This post comes to you from Hamburg, where I am spending several days visiting friends from my former company and catching up on my writing.  Steve has gone back to Amsterdam, the subject of this post, for a few days for some rest and relaxation.  On The Grand Tour every so often we separate for a few days to maintain our sanity … Continue reading

Dining with the Michelin Man: la Bécasse

Dining with the Michelin Man: la Bécasse

I write this from Amsterdam, our first foray into Europe on the Grand Tour.  This will be my last post on the UK this go-around, although Steve has promised write-ups on the malts of Islay and our experiences in working at beer festivals in England.  We’ll see… I have always wanted to write a proper … Continue reading

The Grand Tour: Scotland, “Haste ye back!”

The Grand Tour: Scotland, “Haste ye back!”

Still playing catch up! Here’s a bit about our last few weeks in Scotland: Samuel Johnson, author, essayist, literary critic and famous for his work on the Dictionary of the English Language, took a trip to Scotland in the 1770s, the event recorded in A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland.   Scotland was still … Continue reading

Thwarted by one queen, welcomed by another

Thwarted by one queen, welcomed by another

Edinburgh has room for only one queen.  You will recall that I was proclaimed Queen of Dalriada at Dunadd in Argyll which entitles me to do pretty much whatever I damn well please.  Yet, I soon realized otherwise the day we decided to visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the grand turreted structure with requisite ruined … Continue reading

Coffee, Steel, Pinstripes and Genetic Defects

Coffee, Steel, Pinstripes and Genetic Defects

Readers, below is a snapshot in time from a galaxy not so far away…   —————————————– Today is intended to be our third day trip from York in as many days. The previous two saw us complete a wonderful seven-mile coastline hike along the North Sea cliffs from Robin Hood’s Bay to the beautiful seaside abbey … Continue reading

The Grand Tour: Scotland, one week in

The Grand Tour: Scotland, one week in

I apologize for being incommunicado for a while.  Since we left York our wireless access has been minimal, and the times where we have been able to locate a hot spot the connection has been weak.  Needless to say this has been frustrating, but I think about how travel and travel writing used to be … Continue reading