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It’s 2018 in London!

Fireworks on the Thames! It was an exercise in wading through massive crowds and standing for hours until the clock struck twelve. A dazzling display of fireworks glimpsed through a forest of phone-waving hands. Then another hour and a half wading through crowds and a long walk back to the flat. Fortunately it was not […]

Exploring Edinburgh

What a lovely, charming city!  We lucked out with clear, sunny weather during the few hours of daylight (sunrise at 8:45am, sunset at 3:45pm) to explore this northern capital of Scotland.  Given how limited our time would be, we stayed mainly in the Old Town and soaked up the ancient atmosphere. The castle dominates the […]

Eating our way through Edinburgh

What do you eat on a food tour in Scotland?  Well, haggis, for one.  Served with neeps and tatties (a.k.a. turnips and potatoes).  We Americans may look askance at a sausage made of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs mixed with oats and wrapped in stomach lining — but it was actually quite tasty (and as […]

We’ve gone to Scotland!

Left London’s sleety weather at Kings Cross station and traveled to Edinburgh where it’s sunny and FREEZING! The journey took most of the day (certainly all of the daylight hours in this northern clime) but we had a cozy dinner, a chilly walk around town (spying the castle and the street that inspired Harry Potter’s […]

Christmas Day

Oh, Christmas!  Always a lovely, low-key day, and even more so in London where the city really shuts down and I don’t have relatives or friends to visit outside my own home.  We let ourselves sleep in until we woke up naturally, and then began opening presents after a quick first-breakfast of English muffins (or, […]

Christmas Eve

First Christmas Eve in London.  Same trio as in recent years but without the familiar setting and trappings of home.  We didn’t try to reinvent our traditions (raclette!).  Instead we did what made sense in London:  take-away Indian food! After dinner we sat around the table talking far longer than it made sense to sit […]

Christmas Eve Day

  What a fun day!  Justin and I started the day with an early brunch** at The Elk in the Woods, which is just a few doors down from my flat.  (**Justin claims that anything before 10am doesn’t qualify as brunch and must be called breakfast; I’m just going to call it early brunch.)  The […]