Saturday, August 09, 2008

Europe tour - diary: Edinburgh / York

First information: We left Edinburgh earlier than planned and are now in York (Northern England - Yorkshire).

What to tell about the days in Edinburgh ...

It was tremendously gorgeous! I have to tell that I do like the atmosphere of the town a lot. The little alleys, the old houses ... just as I would have already been there before. Gregory joked around a bit and meant: "Perhaps you've been here before ... in a past life!"

If he would not have looked at me with that typical "haha" look - I probably would have thought about it. However ... you never know, right?

Wednesday evening we went to the play - and we both really enjoyed it. Afterwards we had some pints of ale and a tiny little bit of single malt.

On Thursday we made a "hop on / hop off" city-tour and joined a ghost walk in the late afternoon. Should you ever be in Edinburgh - have a ghost walk as well. Sometimes it even gave me the creeps.

It was on Thursday as well when we made the decision to leave Edinburgh earlier than planned before. So we changed the tickets for the Military Tattoo from Saturday to Thursday evening - and had a terrific show! The music ... the location ... the atmosphere - brilliant!

Friday morning we then flew from Edinburgh to Leeds / Bradford airport in Yorkshire / UK. We have a rental car here and so we picked up the car and drove from Leeds to York where we currently are staying in Bootham Gardens Guesthouse.

Yesterday we made a boat trip on the Ouse (river flowing through York) to the archbishop's palace. After that very informative and nice trip (and some good Lagavulin - which was offered on the ship) we decided to see The Shambles.

Another trip back in time - and I had again the feeling of having been there before.

We bought some stuff there and it was not before 11 p.m. we left there. Of course, we did not shop the whole time ... the shops close there a bit earlier ... but we checked out some pubs!

Today - means pretty soon - we will leave for visiting the JORVIK viking center and make a trip through the town later. I want to see the York minster etc etc etc!

Tomorrow we will leave York and drive through the Yorkshire dales to the Tan Hill Inn! There we will stay for one night and then drive to the Lake District.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Europe tour diary: Edinburgh - Just about to leave ...

... to see Greyfriars Twisted Tales

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The visit at the Glenkinchie Distillery was really gorgeous
We arrrived there at 10 a.m. when they opened the doors. It is so funny to see what makes Greg "jump" out of the bed ... perhaps I should tell that Cuddy when we are back home.

I liked the village Pencaitland - where the Distillery is situated - a lot. So very European ...
After the distillery we drove to Winton House and had a look there. We also did visit Fountainhall and the parish church of Pencaitland. We took the way back to Edinburgh along the shore and had a stop in Musselburgh where we had a typical lunch ... fish 'n chips!

I have to say that I do like my cod with brown sauce ... and I found out that brown sauce accompanying scrambled eggs just makes a breakfast going "woot".

Talking about the breakfast ...

Scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast is nothing new - right? But scrambled eggs, bacon (and I do mean English bacon ... which is completely different from the US one), half a tomato, a square sliced sausage (yes) - I was told that this is called a Lorne sausage - is very different ... plus: black pudding (I don't like that), fried sliced haggis (... ... ... ...) and potato scones - really turn the breakfast into a miraculous event.

At least they have toast bread and cereals as well ...

Not that I don't like it at all - but ... well ...

Scotland - or at least Edinburgh - is really a new thing for me. I had to laugh so hard when I realized that the fish today did taste like ... nothing. You couldn't even taste the grease! The large amount of brown sauce made it then ...
Gregory did not eat his fish ... he took a bite and then went back to where we had bought it before. What happened there I don't know ... however he looked very satisfied and had that typical devilish grin.

So - this was my entry for today! I have to leave now!

Till then

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Europe tour - diary: Edinburgh

We left the United States on Sunday - now we are in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) ... our first stop on our tour through Europe.

When we planned our trip I first wanted to stay in a hotel but Gregory told me that while being in the UK we would stay in B&B's ... so - we are now staying in a nice and cozy B&B near the "Royal Mile".
I have to tell you that Edinburgh is magnificent! I'm loving it!

Due to the festival season the city is crowded but nonetheless - gorgeous! The weather is "good" for Scotland. We already took a walk through the "city center" - enjoyed Princess Gardens and went to a fabulous restaurant yesterday evening "The Witchery". This restaurant is most atmospheric - the interior is stunning ... dining there was life experience.

Greg already booked a table quite a while ago and it was a surprise for me. Good we took some suits with us!

I am not sure if you are interested in what we had for dinner - but although you might not be, here the information!

My starter: Anstruther crab and Iberico ham with granny smith apple and baby mizuna (it was mouth watering!)
My main course: Grilled fillet of beef with savoury bread and butter pudding, celeriac puree and smoked garlic (I am still drooling!)
My dessert: Passion fruit and mascarpone trifle with pistachio biscotti (Fantasmagoric!)

Believe it or not - but I nearly had an oragsm (sorry - but true) during the dinner ... of course due to the FOOD (not what you might have guessed now). Although ...

Changing the topic - our bedroom in the the B&B is utterly beautiful and the bed is very very very comfortable.

The landlady is very friendly and was first a bit surprised when she did recognize that Gregory is not English (blame it on the kind of English accent he always has when being in GB) and that we are married ... after the first shock she totally freaked out (in a good way) - invited us for some single malt (16 year old Lagavulin) and had a looooooong chat with us (her son just had his coming out).

To my surprise Gregory was talkative and seemed to enjoy the evening with the lady - reason might have been the single malt and the offered (and accepted) Beamish.

During our stay here we will visit the Military Tattoo festival which is currently taking place here. The festival FRINGE did also start on the 3rd August ... and so we will have a lot to do while we are here. Tomorrow evening we will go and see Greyfriars Twisted Tales "Cadaverous look at some of Edinburgh's best stories. Totally true. Mostly." - sound interesting ... we will see!

I wanted to make some ghost walks as well - we will see when :)

Did I already tell you that the town is terrific?

Tomorrow morning Gregory wants to drive to the Glenkinchie Distillery - he already hired a motorbike to get there - and afterwards we will just be driving around, he said.

For now it is time for me to finish my first little "blog travel diary". I hope you did enjoy it so far - however, the bathroom is calling for me now.

Funny thing - the tub is able to speak. Wording was like: "Move your cute little ass here - NOW!"
I am a good friend / hubby and lover ... and so ... bye bye and till then!


Saturday, August 02, 2008

It is August ... gosh!

Goodness it is August already - and I forgot to write for nearly two months.

I am awfully sorry - but I had so little time. The work in the hospital did not stop and then - well, you know that I suppose - family wants time as well.

My last entry was on the 9th of June - and now it is the 2nd of August ... geez! Time is running away.

As you know I am not the one who wants to talk about business here - and wouldn't it be boring if I would tell you about all my cases or all patients at the PPTH? Anyway - I am not allowed to inform you about such cases.

We did spend the bit of freetime in our little house at Point Pleasant - but unfortunately that time was more than just rare!
Gregory is so busy and really, really needs a break ...

But let me tell you something: We will spend our summer vacations in Europe!
So looking forward to it - and for sure there will be something to tell.

So - please keep checking my blog ... there will be a few entries (lets hope) in the next time!

Oh - before I forget it: Vacations will be England, Ireland, Paris, Rome, Venice and Gibraltar!

I bet it will fucking gorgeous!