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Jun 30, 2014 - Home? Really?

Well, we've been home almost a week now. Seems like a long time ago that we were leaving for Rome. Being home has it's perks, though. I mean, it's wonderful sleeping in my own bed after 43 days. We are just now starting to be able to switch between daytime and night time hours, although we both seem to get tired around 2 pm PDT which is 11pm in Paris and 10 pm in the U.K. I'm assuming eventually we will re-adjust to PST. Today was an exciting day! We got up around 7:30 and I got on the scale to see if any of the 9 lbs I gained while eating...

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Jun 26, 2014 - Europe Epilogue

Well we are home in our nice cozy condo which seems quite big compared to sleeping in hotel rooms for six weeks. As you can imagine, sleeping in our own bed and showering in our own bathroom can only be described as a religous experience for us. Not to mention, understanding how the shower works and having a hair dryer that is so user friendly and in front of a mirror no less! Here is our trip by the numbers: We traveled 13,721 air miles out of 11 airports to 8 countries, 322 miles by train and close to 1,000 miles by car. We only took four...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Homeward Bound

On our way home. We left London on time this afternoon at about 2:25 pm. (London time) For once, and, write this down...we all 5 of us made it through security with nary a hitch! Yup, we checked just about everything in our luggage, and placed the odd creams and liquids in the appropriate plastic bags, and we marched through the gate like we owned the place! Well of course we did, it only took us 8 tries! As I sit on this plane and think back about the last six weeks, it brings a smile to my face. We had so many adventures, and we laughed...

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Jun 23, 2014 - Harry Potter

Well, we are at the end of our trip. Seems like a very long time ago we were just starting out in Rome. Oh wait, it WAS a long time ago! 42 days ago as a matter of fact. We started our day off with a tour of the Warner Bros Studio Tour of The Making Of Harry Potter. We are all HP fans, and we wanted to surprise the girls with this tour on our last day. Sheryl told them a while ago that we had a surprise for them but she didn't tell them what it was until this morning. They have been trying to get hints for a while now,but we didn't tell...

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Jun 22, 2014 - London

We woke up in London, England today! There's so much to see and we only have two days here before going home. It's exciting and sad at the same time. The first thing we did was buy a 48 hr ticket for the Big Red Bus, which also includes a ferry ride on the Thames river and we opted for the Tower Tour as well. We boarded the bus right down the street from our hotel which was handy. We rode all through the many streets of historic monuments, architecture and statues, none of which I can remember the names of. We stayed on the bus until we...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Good-bye Scotland, Hello England

Yesterday we finished up our 5-day tour of the Scotland Highlands. It was a wonderful trip, made especially good with our brilliant tour guide, Heather. We spent our last night in Scotland at the Ellersly House Hotel in Edinburgh. It was probably a splendid place at one time, but today it really needs some tender loving care. ( And many upgrades!) This morning we left the hotel via cab and traveled to the airport for our flight to London. OK, so this is our seventh flight on this trip and surely we've learned how to get through security by...

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Jun 19, 2014 - Monsters, Castles and Haggis, oh my!

Sorry there are no pictures today, I will post them next time. My first post was with pictures, but my iPad mini ate the whole thing and it is too late to re-do it now. Grrrrr!! Day 4 of our 5-day trip around Scotland. Today we headed out to the famous Loch Ness for a ferry ride up the loch to Urquhart Castle. We searched for signs of "Nessie", the infamous Loch Ness Monster, but couldn't really see any. But then, this being classified as a "dark loch", mainly due to the high concentration of peat, you can't see anything under the water...

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Jun 19, 2014 - Monsters, castles and Scotch, oh my!

Day 4 of our 5-day trip around Scotland. Today we headed out to the famous Loch Ness for a ferry ride up the loch to Urquhart Castle. We searched for signs of "Nessie", the infamous Loch Ness Monster, but couldn't really see any. But then, this being classified as a "dark loch", mainly due to the high concentration of peat, you can't see anything under the water line. Because the loch is so very dark, no one has ever been able to prove or disprove the existence of her (or him). For now, I'm betting there is something to this story. Besides,...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Searching for Brigadoon

Today we jumped back on the bus for day three of our five day tour of Scotland. Our tour guide/bus driver, Heather, picked us up at the bottom of our street and we rode up from Portree towards the top of Skye. The day started out quite misty with some pretty thick fog. She told us more about some of Scotland's more famous ( infamous?) characters like Bonnie Prince Charlie. We stopped at the Kilmuir Graveyard where a large standing cross marks the gravesite of Flora MacDonald. Flora McDonald was the Jacobite heroine who helped Bonnie...

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Jun 17, 2014 - Hogwarts Express

OMG!! We're on the Hogwarts Express!! (Side note: Harry Potter reference) Yup, we are currently on the Jacobite Steam Train that was used as The Hogwarts Express in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. She actually wrote part of the book while on this train. The Jacobites were the supporters of King James VII, who was Catholic, and overthrown by William of Orange from Holland ( King "Billy" as he was referred to by the Protestants) in 1690). The term "Jacobites" comes from the Latin form of James which is "Jacobus". Not all Jacobites were...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Scotland

Howdy! I wonder how they greet each other here in Scotland? Hmmm..... Probably, "Hello"! We flew from Dublin, Ireland to Edinburgh, Scotland, yesterday, and guess what? Susan is no longer seen as a terrorist threat! Yup, she was able to walk right through security with nary a look. In fact, we all walked through, but of course, my carry-on got tagged again, because after 5 flights, ( and now 6), I still don't think I should have to take out all of my toiletries from the bag. Hmmmmm.....maybe I am a terrorist at heart! The flight was late,...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Portrush and Belfast

We spent last night in Portrush, N. Ireland, and sadly, our internet connection was less than stellar. Bridget wrote in her blog that I might not be blogging because I had a lot of Guinness, but, really, it was just lousy internet! We arrived in Portrush fairly early yesterday. In fact, we were so early that our rooms weren't ready, but the hotel let us drop off our luggage. We then took off in the car and went in search of the Giant's Causeway. The Giant's Causeway was carved from the coast by the mighty giant, Finn McCool. The rock...

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