Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oxford and the Cotswolds

Ahhh...the Cotswolds! I went on a tour with the AWC to explore the Thames Valley. We stopped in the picturesque village of Burford for lunch at a pub, walked by thatched cottages in Banbury, and toured the majestic colleges of Oxford University. All the arrangements were through "London Walks" and it was a great day! Who wants to go back with me in the spring?

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Spirit of Scotland

Easter in Edinburgh and it's snowing! It makes me wonder why in the world Scottish men decided that wool skirts and knee socks were the uniform for hearty weather. After touring the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Center and tasting a few samples, I know how they stayed warm. It was just a 4 hour train ride from London and beautiful countryside full of rolling green pastures and sheep. Edinburgh Castle is built on an extinct volcano and at the other end of the "Royal Mile" is the Palace of Holyroodhouse where the Queen stays when she visits. We had a fantastic experience dining at the Amber Restaurant, probably one of the better meals we have had in the UK..... smoked salmon soaked in whiskey with a thyme cream sauce for a starter but we didn't brave the traditional haggis, neeps, or tatties.