Sunday, August 20, 2006
A Visit To The Island and Islands....
Hi Sports Fans,
Estelle and I have just returned from our trip to England and bonnie Scotland. In total we managed to drive 4800km, with only one small accident.
We visited many different places starting with Harold in England where we stayed with our Swiss friend Manfred, after that we had a couple of days with Suzy and Piggy and he introduced us to the new love of his life.
We had a good couple of days with them and they got an insight as to what life is like with a baby, VERY different. Of course the men still managed a couple of beers at the "Local" pub a few fields away.
Next we headed up to Stirling so Estelle could try and understand where the healthy rivalry between the Scots and English really comes from. We visited the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Bannockburn and the Dunblane Hydro for a spot of Lunch. I'd been to these places a few times in the past but you always learn a wee bit more every time you go. We happened to bump into Robert the Bruce himself when we arrived at Bannockburn, such luck eh!
After that we headed up the road to Fort Willam minus one wing mirror, the car was a bit heavy so we needed to shed a few pounds. Glencoe will always have a special place in Estelle's Heart. In Fort Willy we met up with my wee cousin Kevin and we partook in a few beers and some tourist shopping.
We moved onto the Isle of Skye which was very spectacular, the scenery is amazing and I would recommend everyone who hasn't been to pay it a visit. It's the first time I'd been there and it was beautiful, Estelle loved Skye more than the battle sites, funnily enough. We met up with Suzy and Piggy in Uig so we could take the ferry over to the happening Isle of Harris the following morning at 5:30am, Sam loved us waking him up at that time.
Harris is a very nice Island if you like Rain, Wind, Sheep, Wind and Rain. Estelle for some reason loved it, I'd been a couple of times before to the Isle of Lewis so I knew what to expect. Suzy's parents made us feel very welcome along with her hen's, sheep, cock, cat's and dogs. A big thanks to them, it was a relaxing time for us. We saw some beautiful beaches, if it wasn't for the Wind, Rain, Sheep, Wind and Rain these beaches would be full of tourists.
We then headed back south towards Glasgow so we could see our Scottish friends and Sam could meet his Grand parents. We were pleasantly surprised that after me driving for nearly 7 hours we had a house full of guests waiting for us, it was nice to see everyone and the night passed all too quickly with me not being able to speak as much as I wanted to certain people. It always seems to work out that way, hopefully this will be better next weekend at MALAGA!!!
The journey homewards was uneventful and long, we stopped at Swiss Pisses again and another stop over in the capital of Champagne. Once we go home we were both very happy to be back. It was a stressful holiday, one that will not be repeated, next time we go somewhere we are staying put in the same place for at least 1 week. It was good to see everyone, but I always enjoy seeing them over here better as I get to spend more Quality time with them.
A big thanks to Manfred, Piggy, Suzy, Suzy's Parents and James for putting up with us and a Baby for a few days, sorry for all the stupid requests but that's the kind of things we have to do on a daily basis.
Click here for a link to more pictures of the holidays.
Bye for now.