Deacon Brodie-The Real Jekyll and Hyde?

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?

Victoria Street-The Grande Dame of Edinburgh’s Old Town

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 Bridges of the Firth of Forth

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

A Brief History of Whisky

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

Off the Beaten Path: Newark Castle

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

Follow the Cobblestone Road-Part 2 (Grassmarket)

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)

Follow the Cobblestone Road-Part 1 (The Royal Mile)

On a breeze, Catch the past. A cobble mile Of trodden path. Feel its life Course through Your veins. You'll never leave. All will stay. -Helen Walker   The Number 11's brakes squealed and let out a whoosh as the bus jerked to a halt on Edinburgh's busy Princes Street.  The driver opened the door … Continue reading Follow the Cobblestone Road-Part 1 (The Royal Mile)

Off the Beaten Path: Hailes Castle

One of the things I love best about our travels in Scotland is finding the places that most tourists have never heard about. That is not to say that the most popular and well-publicized sites aren't great.  Many are!  But there is just something really fun and special about waking in the morning with only … Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Hailes Castle