Driving in Britain :: Day 4

We didn’t have internet last night at our bed and breakfast so I was sort of stuck on the blogging front. But to sum up the day – we started out by picking up the car at the airport. I’ll admit I was a little scared of driving but it turned out not to be as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s still a little weird to drive on the left – and have the stick on the left… but all in all I got it pretty quick (Joey did have to occasionally remind me on the smaller roads to “get on the left!”. Anyway – we got a late start and started driving down to Alnwick to see the castle there. We took a road than ran along the coastline and it was beautiful. We stopped for a long lunch in a tiny village which put us into Alwick with only an hour to run through the castle. While it was really pretty (and well kept) we were a little disappointed that the “Harry Potter” bit wasn’t pushed more (but can we blame them? The castle was built in the 12th century… Harry Potter was filmed in 2001).

We drove the rest of the evening to our B&B in a little medieval town called Hexham. The house we stayed in was HUGE and gorgeous and had only two rooms for guests. We ate the most delicious Indian food and went back to the B&B to sleep. Unfortunately between my sudden allergic reaction to Britain and the B&B owner’s son playing his music overhead from 3am till 7am – I got almost no sleep 😦 And Joey was up because I had to keep getting up and blowing my nose so often.

My laptop is about to die so I have to go… 😦 But I’ll be sure and update what happened today tomorrow… I know 🙂 Confusing.

Castles and Lochs :: Day 3

Today we took a tour of the highlands (or lowlands should I say…  Scotland is actually quite huge). Our guide was a true Scott – very patriotic about his country and it’s history. I think the passengers on the bus were afraid he was going to run off the road several times with all his pounding on the dash and waving at the map of Scotland pinned onto the ceiling of the bus.

All in all – we saw some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever scene… and I understand it gets better as you go farther north. We visited three castles and saw several lochs (lakes) and mountains. Joey remarked that it’s like people up and moved out leaving everything behind hundreds of years ago – I would agree with that one. It feels totally free and wild 🙂

Cappuccino Madness :: Day 2

Day 2 of our trip in Great Britain – we took a bus into the Edinburgh for some sightseeing. Started off at the castle and caught a great free tour. The castle dates back from 800 BC and has been added to over the centuries – it’s pretty impressive sitting on top of a hill overlooking the city (like a medieval castle should). We grabbed some cappuccinos and lunch in the castle then headed out to explore the gardens & streets below.

After a full hike around the city we took our tired feet home and relaxed for a bit before going back out to eat at a Thai restaurant I looked up on Google maps. I’d like to take a moment to thank Google for the ability to look up a restaurant in a foreign country AND tell if it’s any good before wasting money. THANK YOU Google! Because it was delish 🙂

Haggis & Beer :: Day 1

So we made it to Edinburgh – after a few gate switches in Amsterdam and a late flight from Atlanta. So far we navigated the bus system successfully and had an excellent dinner at Salisbury Arms (recommended to us as a local spot from our friendly host). Had I not been afraid of being “that tourist” I would have taken a picture of the decor as I couldn’t stop staring at it all.

Of course – we completed the evening with our first cappuccino here in Scotland. It did not disappoint.

If you’re wondering how Joey reacted to the surprise trip, I’ll tell you that when I told him we were going to Scotland he looked at me for a second… then said “But what’s in Edinburgh?” I think he started to get it once we were on the bus in the city. Pictures cannot quite describe the impressive castle overlooking the main square – or the random bits of dark imposing gothic architecture. We’re going sightseeing tomorrow so you’ll see a few pictures then.



April Already?

So April 1st arrived so fast and I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done this week… so in an attempt to make up for lost time, I’m forming a “top 5 to-do” list for this month:

1) Finish my office.

2) Start running again

3) Get to work on my portfolio site

4) Cook new dishes

5) Hang with friends and get out of the house!

And now for a completely unrelated topic, I stumbled upon a design firm based out of Washington called Design Army. I thought I’d share a couple of their beautiful book pages for the Washington Ballet.

Adobe has a video feature of this project up on their website. It’s so cool to watch how a professional design company puts all this together 🙂

Till then –