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Ireland
Travels in Europe
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Making my way to Dublin…

Ireland Ireland envokes the visions of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. I can answer one of these thus far, it is an Emerald Isle. So green it was while flying over the isle, beautiful water in the Irish Sea as we approached Dublin Airport. The weather was perfect and for me, […]

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Scotland 2017
Travels in the United Kingdom

The battle of Falkirk…

Falkirk On a quiet Sunday morning, we drove to Falkirk.  Sunday was a day for places I wanted to go and for places, Paula wanted to go.  It was a great thing when traveling with someone on the same page as you, compromise comes easy.  Falkirk is one of the many, many places I wanted […]

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Scotland 2017
Travels in the United Kingdom

National Wallace Monument and visiting the incredible… Kelpies

The National Wallace Monument After we left Doune Castle, we stopped at the National Wallace Monument. I have been here once and remember the incredible trek up to the top and what a view it was when I did make it there.  This time I had a buddy to trek to the top and take some […]

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Travels in Peru
Travels in South America

I have to admit… riding ATV’s was… muy divertido!

Ride an ATV?  No way That is what I said when the subject first came up.  Well, I am sure glad they insisted and I did it.  It was a blast.  After leaving Machu Picchu and spending a glorious night in a nice hotel, sleep makes a great difference.  I can do this I told […]

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Scotland 2017
Travels in the United Kingdom

The beautiful Doune Castle… where have I seen this before?

Our journey from Lochleven to Doune Castle We journeyed over the really incredible Queensferry Crossing What a sight to see and it was still so new at the time.  We drove over this bridge a lot during our trip. Doune Castle If I were to just ask my friends or family, not many would know about […]

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Travels in Peru
Travels in South America

Taking the Inca Rail back to Cusco…

Taking Inca Rail After hiking Machu Picchu and *the almost top of* Wayna Picchu, as discussed in my last Peru post, we headed back to the Hostel.  We did take time out for a massage which was worth the pit stop sore muscles and all.  All and all, the trip to Machu Picchu and all […]

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Scotland 2017
Travels in the United Kingdom

Taking the boat the Lochleven Castle

  Lochleven Castle   This is the castle that held Mary, Queen of Scots prisoner and where there was a “jailbreak” and she escaped under the cover of night.  Read here to learn about Mary and her prison.  With all the ancestry research that I do, both Mary and her jailer William Douglas of Lochleven, so […]

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Travels in Peru
Travels in South America

The Machu Picchu experience

Amazing I have to tell you, after coming down from Wayna Picchu, I really felt sort of sad, because I really wanted to see more of Machu Picchu.  Joyce and I were pooped out from the hike or climb and well I thought that we were done, but lucky us, we had to walk back […]

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Travels in Peru
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So you want to climb Wayna Picchu? Are you sure? Just checking.

Wayna Picchu the Mountain Let’s talk about mountains. Wayna Picchu is a mountain. It is not a hill, nor a hike, it is a mountain climb. Talk about a challenge! For many, it is a challenge in their personal lives to hike this incredible experience and accomplish this mountain. For some, like myself and my […]

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