Greetings everybody, Are you feeling adventurous? I hope so because I would love for you to join me on a little trip below the City Chambers on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Below the Chambers, you ask? Yep! We're soon going to head underground to visit The Real Mary King's Close. So, if you're game and not … Continue reading What Lies Beneath-Part 1
Hello, Readers. I can hardly believe we are already in mid October! Where I live the weather has cooled down (mostly) and the trees are beginning to don their Autumn wardrobe. I've switched out my own closet in favor of jeans and sweaters and have planted the pansies and mums. The little pumpkins I purchased … Continue reading The Wizard of West Bow
In the spirit of October and upcoming Halloween festivities, I thought it might be fun to do a few blogs this month that highlight some of the weird, dark, and spooky stories of Edinburgh's past. Edinburgh's history is full of accounts of unsavory characters and macabre tales, each with the ability to intrigue and fascinate … Continue reading Deacon Brodie-The Real Jekyll and Hyde?
I have a girl crush. Her name is Victoria. I mean how was I not to fall for her? She is everything that makes me happy. She's sophisticated, unpretentious, cheerful, elegant, vibrant, charming, and just the sight of her causes my heart to beat a little faster. Simply put, she's beautiful. I think it might … Continue reading Victoria Street-The Grande Dame of Edinburgh’s Old Town
The wheels on American Airlines, Flight 6404 gracefully departed the Edinburgh, Scotland runway and we rapidly ascended into the sky on the path towards home. Always a bit of a nervous flier, I tried my best to relax and breathe while our aircraft climbed ever higher. I leaned my head back against my seat and … Continue reading The Bridges of the Firth of Forth
The word 'whisky' is derived from the Gaelic term "uisge beatha" ("oosh-keh beh-ha), meaning "water of life". The Scottish Gaels called it "uisge beatha". In Latin, the phrase is "aqua vitae". Both translate to "water of life". What is this "water of life" to which they refer? It's whisky, my friends. Whisky's beginning is not 100% definitive, … Continue reading A Brief History of Whisky
The light of God surround you. The love of God enfold you. The power of God protect you. The presence of God Watch over you. -Celtic blessing Amen.
My husband has always been fascinated with castles. From the earliest years of our marriage he possessed large picture books about castles, movies that take place in the age of castles, role playing games where the quests led to castles, and Legos that he would design and construct into crazy, massive, elaborate castles (yep, he's … Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Newark Castle
Reader, I'm glad you are back! I am so enjoying writing this blog. Writing is such a fun hobby for me and I feel privileged that you indulge me in sharing something I love. I hope you are having fun as well, learning a little bit about Scotland. Thanks for popping by! A few days … Continue reading Follow the Cobblestone Road-Part 2 (Grassmarket)
Pull up a chair and let me tell you a story about a woman named Maggie. Maggie Dickson, that is. Or as history remembers her, Half-Hangit Maggie. Maggie Dickson was born in Musselburgh, Scotland in the very early part of the 18th century. For reasons that are unclear, her husband left her, and she was … Continue reading Half-Hangit Maggie