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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

So many treats...

Just a few minutes on Time Out Edinburgh, and I've added quite a few things to my list. If you've followed my travels before, you'll know how much I love the smaller, quirky museums and I'm fascinated with the details of daily life from past eras. The ones below will deliver, I hope:

John Knox House

The Writers' Museum

The People's Story

Georgian House

Gladstones Land

I haven't even gotten started on places to eat...


Thursday, March 23, 2017

In a fortnight...

..., two weeks, 14 days, whatever you call it, I'll be headed to London. I just paid the balance on the second apartment, the last I'll pay when I arrive. Tomorow I plan to pick up some pounds and euros, and I've already got my suitcase out so I can toss in things as I think of them. (Not the most organized method, but I do also have a packing list, and I've never forgotten to pack anything important.)

Here, again, are the apartments where I'll be staying on this trip:

In Edinburgh, Scotland, UK:
Georgian Aparment, Edinburgh
In Paris, France:
Quai aux Fleurs, Paris

In London:

Marylebone, London

My first night of sleep (I HOPE I sleep) will be on a sleeper train from London to Edinburgh.
I haven't made any definite plans for what I'll do while I'm in Edinburgh, but these are some of the things I'm considering:

Edinburgh Castle
The Real Mary King's Close
Surgeons' Hall Museums
National Museum of Scotland
Tartan Weaving Mill

There are many more places/things I'm interested in, but these are at the top along with trying the local fare (yes, I do intend to try haggis--when in Rome and all) and wandering around neighborhoods.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What will I do?

This question is always on my mind before I head off on a trip, but this one has been so different from past trips because it will be my first time traveling since becoming single again.

When I first starting planning, I was 'seeing' someone. I thought it was(or might be) a relationship, but apparently he didn't (there's a novel in there, I know it), so shortly after the New Year, I was single in every sense of the word for the first time since my 20's.

That change in status changed how I viewed this trip, since dating while abroad became a possiblity. A boyfriend from a VERY long time ago suggested I focus my dating efforts in France because (his words) "The English and Scottish are not lovers." So my packing list needed to include makeup(boy, do I need it) and date clothes.

Since then I've become "attached" again, and this time the guy is in agreement. (with half a century behind me, you'd think I'd have a little wisdom about these things, but it seems I don't). My packing list has shrunk again and I've seriously considering carry-on only baggage for this trip.

In any case, the main things I plan to do are always the same: visit museums and historic sites, do some fabric/yarn shopping, explore new places and meet up with friends.

Two weeks from tomorrow I head out, so there will be photos and stories soon.


Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Day is Nigh...

One month from tomorrow I head East for my next EU adventure.

My first stay will be in Edinburgh, Scotland.

A new friend has briefed me on what to eat, how to order it, and what is worth seeing.
Besides visiting the obvious places like Edinburgh Castle and National Gallery, I will check out some knit shops (and hopefully find a knit night at one), visit the Tartan Weaving Mill (hoping it isn't too kitschy) and take one or two day trips:
Stirling Castle, especially to see the Tapestries
I'll probably have to buy a nice sweater there, too. Just doesn't seem right to go to Scotland and not buy one, right?

More to come. I've got sewing to do now!