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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

As we prepare to bid farewell to Europe after nearly five months – and, sadly, prepare to wrap up our year on the road in general – it’s time for one last edition of ‘Behind the Blog.’ For you dedicated readers, our European tour has led us through 24 more countries and resulted in another 51 blog entries. My ‘Travel’ folder and its accumulation of effusive Word documents is beginning to look scarily similar to my ‘Dissertation’ folder on my…

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Fast Facts: Ireland & U.K.

Fast Facts: Ireland & U.K.

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 44 days around the U.K. and Ireland. Stayed in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB. Rented a car in Ireland for 12 days (following a 2-day stay in Dublin), then a second car in the U.K. for three weeks (22 days). Our basic itinerary: London, England (5 nights) Transit – train from London to Holyhead, Wales; ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, Ireland Dublin (2 nights) Cork (1 night) Sneem (3 nights) Miltown (1 night) Headford…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

Well, it’s been another six weeks of sightseeing for the penny, who’s, after more than eleven months on the road, become really quite fond of eschewing the hustle and bustle of everyday life for some laid-back travel, photography, and outdoor adventure. The copper currency’s great escape continued through northern Europe, with a late-autumn tour around Ireland and the U.K. After crossing the Strait of Dover via the Channel Tunnel, as well as crossing an item off its life list, the…

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Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

After traveling to the far, northwestern reaches of Scotland for Stephan’s Inner Hebrides must-do, we found ourselves a solid 12-hour drive from London, our gateway back to the U.S. Not really looking to tackle a marathon drive before a long travel day back home, we instead opted to take a few days to get back to the city, and take in a couple more sights along the way. For some bizarre reason, the whole time we were in Scotland, I…

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Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Years ago, I watched a biking video that highlighted a rider returning to his hometown on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. A few years later, the same rider rode a terrifying-looking ridge through the Cuillin Mountains on Skye, showcasing an amazing, rugged coastline and incredible views over the mountains. It became one of those places that I had filed away in the back of my head to consider visiting someday. I had almost forgotten about the videos, when I…

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh

We haven’t necessarily favored all the large capital cities we’ve visited, at least when compared to less crowded parts of the same countries (Ljubljana and Rome being notable exceptions); but with a population of less than a half million people, we thought we’d give Scotland’s small capital a chance to charm us. We spent one morning exploring Holyrood Park, a 650-acre greenspace near the city center whose prominent peak is called Arthur’s Seat. Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that…

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