At the bottom of the Royal Mile lies Holyrood Palace. Unlike Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood has never been a fortress, relying instead on the spiritual power of its abbey to offer sanctuary and safety to its royal patrons and guests. This strategy has had mixed results.
Holyrood was originally founded as an Augustinian monastery in the 12th century by King David I.… Continue Reading →
Madison, Wisconsin boasts such a wide variety of excellent restaurants that it can be difficult to choose where to eat. However, we do have a few standout standbys, and Graze Restaurant tops the list.
Graze, housed in a spacious glass building on the Capitol Square, is the comfier, less-rarified and heartier sister restaurant to the award-winning L’Etoile, which is located next door.… Continue Reading →
We’ve already discussed my first secret to getting great shots on vacation, and here’s the second. It’s a camera remote.
This little gizmo lets you take super-sharp shots in low light without any camera shake. It works with any camera with an infrared port.… Continue Reading →
The Scottish Highlands are drop-dead gorgeous.
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After you are done visiting Edinburgh Castle head through the gates and across the esplanade to the Royal Mile. This series of streets has linked the castle, the town and the palace of Holyrood since the 1100s.
Dominated by tall buildings on either side, the street has tiny alleyways, or closes, branching off from the main drag.… Continue Reading →
I have wanted to go to Scotland ever since I was a little girl. As a teenager I devoured my grandmother’s copies of Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles and Outlander*. As an adult, I came this close to Scotland, with trips to England and Ireland, but never made it to the promised land.… Continue Reading →
Switzerland is expensive. And as the financial capital of the country, Zurich is really expensive. That does not mean a stay here has to break the bank; it just means you have to get a little creative. The heart of the city surrounds the Bahnhofstrasse, the main drag that connects the city’s train station (Hauptbahnhof) and the Zurichsee (Lake Zurich).… Continue Reading →
For every soaring, snowy range in the Alps, there is a lush green valley at its feet. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the most striking and beautiful valleys in Switzerland. It has enchanted tourists for centuries, including Goethe and J.R.R. Tolkien, who apparently based the idyllic Elven refuge of Rivendell on his teenage hiking trip to Lauterbrunnen.… Continue Reading →