Exploring Scotland’s Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle

When we were planning our visit to Scotland, we knew we were going to Edinburgh. But that was it. We’d have parts of a couple of days to consider driving north into the country, possibly visit the Highlands, or maybe spend some time in the Borders region near England. I knew if at all possible I wanted to visit at least one castle, other than Edinburgh Castle. And after looking at pictures of castles throughout the country, I knew I found the one in Caerlaverock Castle.

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In Pictures: Pubs of Great Britain

Pubs of Great Britain

I’ve been fortunate to travel to Great Britain three times. On each of those visits, pub life was a major part of our experiences. Some of those visits saw us linger over a few pints while other visits were long enough to stop in for a 20-minute break over half pints. And yes, we’ve had many meals in pubs. Before our first visit in 1998, I read in my Lonely Planet guidebook about how the best — and often cheapest — meals were in pubs. I have had many great meals in pubs. I have been to my share of pubs. Here are some of my favorite pubs of Great Britain.

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Friday Travel Inspiration: Europe With Children

Europe with children

We’ve been asked many times how we could possibly take a 5-year-old child to Europe. How did we manage to spend several days in Paris with a picky eater, visit the city’s amazing restaurants and walk the halls of its majestic art museums, all with a — CHILD. Pretty easy, actually. This week’s Friday Travel Inspiration is meant to encourage you to visit Europe with children.

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Four Non-London England Cities to Visit

 

York

York, England

If you’re considering a visit to England for the first time, chances are you’re only thinking about London. As much as I love the capital city, for my money, I’m going out to some of the “other” British cities. And I’m not talking small villages, even though some of my favorite places on Earth are English villages. I have lots of favorites, but if you’re thinking about a first-time visit to the United Kingdom, here are my favorite four non-London England cities to visit. When we visit the U.K. we’ve always had a car, but all of these cities are accessible via train and motorcoach.

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Five Must Haves for Europe With Kids

Europe With Kids

Stuffed animal friends, an iPhone, Nintendo DS, crayons and a bag of toys were huge in helping us enjoy Europe.

When we took our then-5-year-old son to Europe, some people wondered how we’d be able to enjoy all the sites, great food and culture of Paris, Scotland and England. After all, traveling to Europe with kids can provide unique challenges. It wasn’t always easy, but with five must-have items, we were able to not only survive Europe with our son but greatly enjoy it. These five items will help other parents enjoy Europe with kids.

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