Dancing in the Moonlight

At the end of my previous blog posting I teased that we had one more adventure left in us at the end of our first day in Budapest. It began somewhat innocently after dinner as we stood on the balcony in our room. We were being treated to a stunningly clear night, and the bridges…

No Time To Rest, Let’s Go For a Walk

We had barely set foot on the Lif, when one of the concierge staff asked us if we wanted to join a Budapest “welcome walk” that was leaving in just 15 minutes.  Heck, our bags hadn’t even made it to our room yet, and we were still in the same clothes we had flown in…

First Stop – Budapest

At the end of long hot muggy day in Toronto, we departed Pearson Airport at 10:40 in the evening, on an Air Canada Rouge flight.  Our trip involved an 8 1/2 hour overnight flight and a time zone adjustment of 6 hours (ahead), and shortly after 1 o:clock local time, we arrived in Budapest, Hungary….

An Unexpected Adventure

Following our extensive road trip in Scotland last September (2018), our “what next” discussions had mostly featured language like “for the next trip, let’s get off the road and do something a little slower paced”; and “hey what about something completely different, like Japan or a trip down under“. So, it was almost completely out…

Homeward Bound and Numbers

It’s over, and time to go home, and in this final blog entry, I get to talk numbers, and I do love numbers!!! Our day began on a slightly sour note.  The front desk at the Courtyard Marriott Glasgow Airport neglected to give us our wake-up call.  Fortunately, my internal clock must have been turned…

Nothing Lasts Forever

Well, it is Tuesday September 25th, and with mixed emotions we began our last day in Scotland with one final Scottish breakfast at the Village Inn in Arrochar.  The side table was laid out with breakfast rolls and fruit and we discreetly helped ourselves to a few of those “for later”. There were two things…

A Dam Good Day

After that glorious sunset last night, the nice weather carried over to this morning, and our view out onto Lake Etive was like looking at a painting. After an excellent breakfast and a brief chat with our hosts at the Ronebhal Guest House (Sally and John), we set out on what was our second last day…

Happy Anniversary

Today (September 23rd) is the main reason we embarked on a Scottish adventure  – a special trip to help us celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and over breakfast at the Clan McDuff Hotel in Fort William, Scotland, we reminisced about September 23rd, 1978. I had spent the previous night at Duffy’s Motor Inn in Amherstburg,…

Movie Sites and Jacobites

If you’ve been following my daily entries, it was apparent that we had pushed the pace a bit hard in the last week, so starting yesterday, we’d begun to dial things back a bit.  Our plan was to continue that reduced pace today, and it was nice to awaken to a beautiful sunny morning. I…

Rainbows in the Skye

Its Friday September 21st, and including today, we only have five more days left in our Scottish adventure. After the better part of a week where the weather was as much a part of the adventure as anything else, it was with a sigh of relief that we awoke to patches of blue sky this…

Here Comes The Rain Again.

It seems somehow appropriate to use this song title from Scottish-born Annie Lennox, given that we awoke to whipping rain and howling winds. We had survived the night, and at no point did I awake to hear Mary shouting “Auntie Em, Auntie Em”, although it was almost windy enough to lift the Ben Loyal Hotel…

The Storm is Upon Us

We awoke this morning (Wednesday September 19th) to overcast skies and an eerie calm.  We’ve been waiting for Storm Ali to arrive in the Scottish Highlands and according to the news today’s the day.  But as we stepped outside to cross the courtyard for breakfast, there was no wind, no rain, just grey-black sky.  We…