Western Europe

Learning About Rennie Mackintosh at the Willow and the Kelvingrove

Glasgow Art Club Rennie Mackintosh Gallery

As part of the Visit Scotland Expo 2018, I was invited to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an avant-garde artist and architect behind Glasgow’s Art Deco revival at the turn of the 20th century. We visited the current exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the uber-exclusive Glasgow Art Club and the soon to be completed Mackintosh at the …

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Is a Day Tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness Worth It?

Selfie with Gray Line Tour Edinburgh to Loch Ness

I’ve had a lot of guests in Edinburgh asking me if a day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness was worth it. Usually I would say that Loch Ness is too far to comfortably travel to in a day, but I’d never done it myself…until now. Thanks to a great trip with Gray Line Tours, I was able to find …

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5 Amazing Cafes and Restaurants in Edinburgh That I Frequent

Cafe Class Cakes #2

Eating out at restaurants in Edinburgh isn’t always part of my budget, especially when it’s the second most expensive city in the country (after London). Yet cooking every meal for myself in my flat gets dull and sometimes I need a meal out. Here are my favorite cafes and restaurants to visit near my home. Castello Coffee My second home. …

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Edinburgh Excursions: Spending an Afternoon at Go Ape Peebles

Selfie at Go Ape Peebles

If you’re the really adventurous type and are looking for a great day trip from Edinburgh, follow in my footsteps to the Glentrees Forest an hour south of Edinburgh and enjoy the exhilarating treetop rope course at Go Ape Peebles. I had a chance to try out the zip-line at Go Ape Aberfoyle a couple years ago, but didn’t have …

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The Village Hotel in Edinburgh is So Much More Than a Hotel

Village Hotel Bedroom

Edinburgh has hundreds of hotels, B&Bs and hostels to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to find a good one. In my search to find where friends can stay during their visit to Edinburgh, I ran across the Village Hotel and Spa next to the prestigious Fettes College (think Hogwarts). Between a wonderfully comfortable room, great view, delicious Sunday …

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