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The New Sainsbury Wing

The fridge magnet collection is up! It was fun unpacking our little museum treasures today. Aside from the magnets we have quite a few frames to buy….

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Videos from the Border Abbeys

Hi all Here are some links to short videos of the boarder abbeys we visited: https://youtu.be/wVNsgl19lh0 https://youtu.be/ITZAAmT90Ek https://youtu.be/oalnxt3SAYI We are safely home and currently re-acclimating to life in wooden structures and without croissants, housekeeping and street waffles. A big thank you to all of you who covered for us at work, watched over our house, mowed our lawns, snuggled our …

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Second half of Scotland

With all our driving and late returns the blog got away from us on the second half of our stay in Scotland. I am happy to report the rental car has been safely returned at the Glasgow airport unscathed and with a full tank of gas. Here is what we did to catch you up. On our second day of …

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The Boarder Abbey Ruins

Today we ventured out in our rental car and visited the “borders,” the area on the border of Scotland and England.  We were there to visit some of the abbeys from the 1100-1400’s that sprung up there over time.  These were some amazing abbeys that held hundreds of monks. The border areas have a bunch of ruined churches and abbeys …

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Edinburgh art, parks, and cathedrals

After the castle in the morning we hit several other sights in town. We went to the Scottish National Gallery. They had a nice medium sized collection of Italian, Scottish and impressionist paintings. We saw several more Monets, Van Goghs and Rembrandt. Had fun in the gift shop and got another Monet magnet! The Princess street gardens were just outside …

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Edinburgh Castle – home of the honors…

Edinburgh Castle is at one end of the downtown area of Edinburgh, the uphill side, as the castle sits on the top of the hill with sweeping views of the city below. it’s a great place to build a castle. However, because it is a downtown castle, everyone wants to visit. We should have bought tickets in advance, as the …

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Old York, Old York…

Spent the day in York after a night by the river Ouse (in a hotel, not camping or anything crazy.)  York is quite the party town (for a medieval place) as a couple of places across the river were going well past 4am. We did a fair amount of walking around York over our two days.  There is a ton …

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The Birds of St. James Park

  Today was another low key day. The sun was out and we decided to have a picnic in St. James Park, right next to Buckingham Palace. Afterward, K scored himself a gooey nutella waffle treat. I was surprised by the variety of common birds in the park. Of course Jake was there in his leafy perch to great the …

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A lazy walk about town

After several days of train trips we slept in today and had a gentle walk about London. We started at Covent Garden for a very late breakfast in the sunken courtyard with the same buskers, a quartet and female opera singer we remember from our last visit to London. We mooched around the shops briefly and walked up embankment park …