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Jun 17, 2019 - Spent lots of time on bus

Full on breakfast including haggis (sheep organs mixed with oats)-guess who ate that? Boarded bus and headed north for a quick view of Loch Lomond (lake) and then on to glencoe where we stopped for some quick photos of the beautiful hills and waterfalls during a horrific rainstorm. Stopped at a tourist trap for lunch and shopping before heading for a “cruise” to search for Nessie, the lochness monster (she wasn’t home). We then headed for Nairn, where our hotel for this evening is and saw Highland cows grazing. Hotel looks like a castle....

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Jun 16, 2019 - Glasgow, Scotland

This morning we flew from Dublin to Glasgow and took an Uber ride to our hotel, (where the driver gave us our first lesson of the day-Glasgow is pronounced GLAZ-GO. While waiting for our room to be ready, we took a walk to Garnet Hill Jewish synagogue that we saw on the map given to us by the hotel. Although the synagogue was closed, we were able to look it up on Wikipedia and determined that it was a Orthodox synagogue and is the historic 'cathedral synagogue' of Scotland. Eventually we made our way back to the hotel and met up with our...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Glasgow

As I said previously, the gray of the skies in Glasgow matched perfectly the darkness of most of the buildings and the industrial nature and history of the city. The weather, my thinking that my hotel wasn't in the "perfect" location, and the overwhelming anticipation of Patrick's arrival, overshadowed my desire to get out in the morning. But I rallied...and I was so glad I did. I found "life" just a block away and got sucked into the architecture and dark, brooding beauty of the city. I spent the morning at the Museum of Modern Art (saw...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Jul 24, 2018 - Day 3 - The Multi-Million Dollar Garbage Dump

Today was our last day in Glasgow. The plan is to visit the Modern Art museum that fronts George Square, do some shopping on Glasgow’s massive shopping street, and stroll around the beautiful University of Glasgow campus. There was also another on my agenda, and that was to visit the greasy spoon eatery that the lat great Anthony Bourdain visited on his trip to Glasgow, in which he was served deep fried Haggis drowned in curry sauce and cheese and then remarked before taking his first bite, “God does not want me to do this. I’m going to...

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Jul 23, 2018 - Day 2 - You Don’t Fight City Hall in Glasgow. You Make Sweet Sweet Love To It

On our first full day in Glasgow, we decided to buy a two-day pass on of those double decker hop-on/hop-off busses. It would not only get us to all the interesting sites in Glasgow, but it would get us there relatively quickly and tell us a little bit about these sites. We boarded the bus at the previously mentioned George Square. Yesterday, I reported that the square was fenced off for construction because the square was being used as hub for some sort of gymnastics competition. That was technically true, but not entirely accurate. It...

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Jul 22, 2018 - Day 1 - Make Americans Crappy Again

Our flight into Glasgow went off without a hitch. There were no almost-missed connections and no issues with the airlines. It was just your typical way-too-long flight where you have to spend 13 hours in a bare tolerable seat, and then arrive jet-lagged. The only issue came after we left the airport took the airport bus into town. Were staying at a place called the Premiere Inn - George Square. So we told the bus driver this and he dropped us off at the George Square stop and pointed us in the direction down the road. We walked about a...

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Jun 27, 2018 - Dinner Surprise!

Glasgow con’t There was a Navel base here during the Cold War with Russia. Lots of US service men. battleships and war heads. In 1992 the Navy was pulled out and the economy suffered. The hills on this side of Scotland also have deer. Some the size of the Michigan white tail and some the size of small swamp deer like Florida. They are going to try to introduce wolves back into the highlands but very slowly and with care. There is a colony of Walabees ( small kangaroos) on an island in Loch Lomond. Someone brought them here as pets and...

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Jun 26, 2018 - What..... no castle?

June 26, Tuesday Guess what? Today Mary and I were on bus #7 and I am a stow-away. Her ticket was for 7:45am mine for 12:45 so I just got a sticker for #7 and got on the bus. There were extra seats so no one threw me off. We drove out of the port to a boat terminal where I thought the vessel portion of the tour was by boat but no. It was a car ferry and they drove the bus into it. Along with 3 others. Across the Loch we went. A first for me. Glasgow means Sunny Day and it was. Many of the plants here were brought from Africa and flourish...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Day 32

We did a bit of shopping this morning..... and, the problem with being away so long....had to buy another bag :( In the afternoon we walked down to a park called Kelvingrove which was lovely as the Scots are just basking in the sun and everyone is happy. We went and had Indian for dinner (Glasgow has the highest percentage of Indians in Scotland). The food was excellent.

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The PJs On Tour

May 17, 2018 - Glasgow

Well I must say the hotels in Scotland are a little bit interesting.. needed a few more drams of scotch last night.. for Carmine and Samiko.. we had the true definition of mudundee pillows!!! Not sure of the spelling 𤘈𯘂 Travelling down the west coast of Scotland towards Glasgow. Again just soaking up the scenery, the snow is still sitting on the mountain tops and the base covered in pine tree forests.. really so breathtaking. Stopped at Eilean Donan Castle where some filming of outlander and hylander took place so we could get a few...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Jul 7, 2017 - Transfer and other anxiety

I almost always worry that going from one location to the next will be fraught with difficulty. Will I be somewhere on time? Did I get the right train/bus/flight number? Am I headed to the right airport or train station? How do I pay? Leaving Nantes was typical. No problems finding the airport bus or getting tickets from the driver. Onboard, however, I noticed the airport name on highway signs did not match the airport name on my e-ticket. Oh, no, does Nantes have more than one airport? If we go to the wrong one, can we just taxi to the...

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Back to Europe

Jun 5, 2017 - Glasgow

Sunday June 4 No alarm clock this morning! I still woke up early, but it was the principle of the thing. The plan for the day was to start with the city tour on the hop-on hop-off bus. I walked up to George Square and searched in vain for the ticket seller at stop 1. I finally spotted him and found the bus wasn’t running until 3:00 due to a 10K road race. Rearranging plans, I caught the city bus out to the mall with the Hobby Craft store. A very nice local gave me bus advice and I made it fine. It was a very nice craft store, probably most...

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