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Oxford & London Bookend Our U.K. Visit

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From mid-July through early August, we spent time in the U.K., where we hadn’t really spent time in many years. The first stop was Oxford and 2 nearby villages. Our young friend’s wedding was in Stanton St. John and other long-time friends live in Chedworth. Thus we experienced both the lively ambiance of a University town […]

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Edinburgh–Crazy in Summer–to Loch Lomond via Stirling

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After a 5.5-hour train from Oxford to Edinburgh (pronounced edin-burrah), we arrived in this ancient “college town” with not only lots of historic sites but new traditions like the Fringe Festival. The main tourist road is the Royal Mile with the Edinburgh Castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other and many stops […]

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Oban to Isle of Skye in Scotland

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After leaving Stirling, we took Rick Steves’ advice to visit Inverary Castle, where the Downton Abbey folks visited “Duneagle”  which is quite lovely, built by an early Duke of Argyll.  Next, the self-guided tour of the Inverary Jail–old built in the 1600s & new in the 1700s–displayed well-researched history and  insights into its conditions, the Warden […]

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Loch Ness & Inverness to St. Andrews

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Leaving the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh, we had spectacular views of the Sound of Sleat – the sea passage between the Isle of Skye and mainland Scotland. On the road to Dornie along the banks of Loch Dutch we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle–very picturesque and famous for the film “Highlander” which […]

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England & Scotland Travelog from July 19 to August 7, 2016

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Tuesday, 7/19 – Heathrow to Oxford We flew into Heathrow, took the bus to Oxford, then walk 10 minutes to our MacDonald Randolph Hotel, opposite the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archeology. Our main purpose in the Oxford area was to witness the “blessing ceremony” of a young woman whom we’ve known since her birth, […]

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