Raclette

EATING RACLETTE IN PARIS

I was excited to return to Paris for my second visit for the wrong reason. I say wrong because as it turned out the food I was looking forward to enjoying was of Swiss origin. Raclette is a dish indigenous...
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RENTAL CAR DISASTER IN SCOTLAND

Upon our return to Kinlochbervie in northern Scotland, I sat outside my friend Kate’s house admiring a picture-perfect morning... heartbroken that I couldn’t enjoy the day as planned. Britnee and I had...
Scotland, Visit Scotland, Scottish Independence, Durness, Melness, Kinlochbervie, Ullapool, Visit Ullapool, West Coast of Scotland, travel, backpacking, Melrose, Inverness, Glasgow, Surfing in Scotland,

SCOTLAND PHOTO GALLERY

An extended visit to Scotland, Mark's home country, where we were hosted by gracious family and friends from the northern coast to the southern borderlands. Over two weeks we listened to the debate over...
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THE HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND

Although I grew up in Scotland, until age 12 when my family moved to the U.S., there was still much of the country I’d never seen. Over the years I managed a couple of trips back there but both of them were...
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SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: AYE/NAY

These past couple of weeks have been an interesting time to be visiting Scotland as they prepare to vote in two days on their independence. Scottish Independence! Kind of a big deal, I know. Thankfully as...
Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

HELVELLYN

My godfather Malcolm referred to England’s Lake District as “Heaven on Earth” as he unfolded various topographic maps on the coffee table. When Britnee and I found out we had a week to spare before...
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THE LAKE DISTRICT PHOTO GALLERY

A whole lot of hills! We enjoyed four days of hiking and a little relaxing while staying at the YHA Helvellyn Hostel near Glenridding in the Lake District, England. Thanks to some guidance from Mark's...
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YHA HELVELLYN IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

We chose to stay at YHA Helvellyn during our time in the Lake District and we chose right! This hostel is tucked away in the old Greenside Lead Mine area a mile from the village of Glenridding where we...
Sampford Brett, England

NOSTALGIA AND NEW MEMORIES

It was a familiar footpath that I’d walked countless times before with my grandparents, my parents, my brother and now on which I walked with my wife. Crossing through fields, over a small bridge and down a...
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SOMERSET PHOTO GALLERY

We visited Somerset, England, for some family history where we stopped in Sampford Brett, the home town of Mark's late grandparents, and explored the quaint coastal towns of Minehead and Watchet with a ride on...
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TWO DAYS IN DRESDEN

While I'd initially planned on sticking around Berlin for eight whole days, I soon decided to explore elsewhere in Germany and give my hosts their kitchen floor back—where I was sleeping and recovering from...
Berlin, Dresden, Photographs from a week in Germany where I explored Berlin , the city of Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park, Germany, Travel, Backpacking, Europe, Cold War, Travel Photography, trip around the world,

GERMANY PHOTO GALLERY

Mark spent a week in Germany where he explored Berlin, the city of Dresden and Saxon Switzerland National Park. Berlin, Germany Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin,...
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MARK IN BERLIN

All I wanted was some late dinner and some Advil. Suddenly there were glamorous, high-heeled women stepping out of the shadows on the side walk and acting real friendly—but in German, so I didn’t...