Castles with my husband

The advantage of being married to a fellow nerd is that when we go back to Scotland, I can drag him to historical places and he loves it. One of our favourite things to do as a couple in Scotland (or anywhere else, really) is take in as many castles as we can. Now…please forgive the husband’s star trek/star wars t-shirts that he refuses to retire and seems to be wearing in almost every photo we are in. And for several of these we took plenty of photos, but none with both of us in it! Here are some of our most loved castle visits

Blackness Castle

In this photo it’s about 5pm and already pitch black. The staff let us in for free since we hardly had any daylight left,but it was fun – it’s shaped like a boat! I used to run around in this castle as a kid and I remember the day my family stumbled upon it by accident when we were out for a drive, so I’m glad hubby could see it too….now we just have to go back when it’s not freezing! *also, husband had travelled with me to Scotland, at Christmas time without a winter coat. Don’t ask me why….so he’s borrowing my father’s ancient jacket, just want to throw that out there

Linlithgow Palace
This shot certainly doesnt take in the beauty of this castle. It’s not too far from my parent’s home in Stirling, so we visit it regularly when we are home. linlithgow

Glamis Castle:
You can’t come to this castle and not think of Macbeth by Shakespeare. This was taken in 2009, on our first visit home as a married couple. I had never been before so it was a fun day trip for all of us.

Stirling Castle:
The castle from my hometown. I have been to this castle many times in my life, but I enjoyed this visit here the most – it was taken a few days before our wedding at Doune Castle in 2007. This was my husband’s first visit to Scotland so it was great to finally show him the sights in the town where I grew up.

The Belvedere, Vienna
I know this doesn’t technically count as a castle…per say, but it is a beautiful historic residence that we stumbled upon in Vienna, Austria during our honeymoon.

There are certainly more I can write about, and I will leave those to future posts. Hopefully I can make it back to all of these places and take some better quality photos…that’s as good an excuse as any, isn’t it?


Throwback Thursday

 Throwback Thursday

This picture was taken in 1993, when I was a mere 7 years old. It was our family’s very first trip to Continental Europe. My parents decided, in the days before no frills airlines, to road trip to Soll, in the Austrian Tirol. It was a 3 day endeavor. The first leg was the journey down from Stirling, Scotland to Dover, a full day of driving in itself. We spent the night in the small, port town and explored a little on those famous white cliffs. The next day, we caught the hovercraft over to Calais in France and spent the next two days driving through scenic Europe until we reached our destination. We spent a fun filled week exploring the small town near the Austrian alps, which included a visit to Salzburg, exploring a glacier and going rafting for the first time. Looking back, I never appreciated the lengths my parents went to give us memories like that…I only hope I can do just as well with my own daughter!