Author Archives: Aunt Jane

The End of our Scottish Fling

The finale of Aunt Jane and Ian’s adventure in the UK. As we approached the end of our week in Scotland, and after our Highland Fling, Ian and I had only one other major destination outside of Edinburgh, and that was Glasgow. An easy train ride from Haymarket station (E-burgh’s other train station, a few […]

Rocky Mountain Highlands

Another post from Aunt Jane and Ian’s journey to the UK. Early Tuesday morning, we were met at our flat by Geoff, our kilted guide from Discreet Scotland, a company that arranges individual tours in Scotland, who was to be our escort for the day to the Highlands. Both Ian and I wanted very much […]

Scotchy, scotch, scotch

Still not in Italy, Aunt Jane and Ian are posting from the UK. On Monday, we set out for the other end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood House. This is where the Royal Family stay when they come to Edinburgh, not the Castle at the other end. Its origins date back to […]

Great Scot!

Not since Chaucer wrote the “Canterbury Tales” has the world seen such literary genius as Aunt Jane and Ian’s blog posts from the UK. Our travels take us to Scotland — land of our Ancestors, Clan Grant; birthplace of the great poet Robert “Robby” Burns and James Bond; where the hypodermic needle, curling, and the […]

Punting and Prime Meridian

The epic tales of Aunt Jane and Ian in the UK continue On the morning after the great phone heist the sun rose in the east, the Thames flowed through London, and life continued on. So in keeping with the British spirit of “Keep Calm and Carry On”, Ian and I got down to business […]

Crime, not enough punishment

The next installment of the adventures of Aunt Jane and Ian in the UK. Given that the preceding day was very long and very active, Wednesday, our fourth full day in England, got off to a late-ish start. The scheduled highlight of the day was a walking tour of historic London pubs (thanks, again, […]

Wizards, Water and the Mysteries of Stonehenge

The latest update from Aunt Jane and Ian in the UK. On Tuesday, we set out very early for our trip to Bath and Stonehenge, destinations west of London. I booked the tour using, which is a great resource for walking tours, excursions, day trips and foodie activities in cities worldwide. Our tour was […]

All Eyes on London

Another installment from Aunt Jane in Italy and Ian (Rico) in the UK Our second full day in London got off to a bit of a late start. I think the jet lag finally caught up to us, but we’re on vacation, right? We spent the late morning and early afternoon at Westminster Abbey. I […]

and it’s great to be in Britain, too.

A special post from the UK where Aunt Jane is spending two weeks with her nephew, Ian, in London and Edinburgh. Greetings from sunny London! Because I’ve been so delayed in posting, I’ll get right to it: Ian and I arrived last Saturday morning. We’re here in London for a week, and then we head […]

None shall pass

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Thank you to the many readers/followers who’ve reached out to me recently to let me know you’ve missed my posts. That means a lot. I can make excuses — work, social life, various distractions — but the truth is, I had a slightly traumatic travel experience at the […]

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