The Scottish Highlands: Tell Me a Story

Scottish Highlands, where raindrops provide clarity #blogmanay

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. -- Mark Twain said it. Scottish storytellers live it.This is a story...about story. Or rather, the importance of stories to the Scottish Highlands.“There was an unwritten rule in the Scottish Highlands,” Chris, our driver and guide, explained. “If someone came to your house seeking shelter and food, you … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Inside Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

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In a typical European medieval town, its castle lay at its heart. In Edinburgh, however, its castle is its head -- the head of a fish, to be more precise. The Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh that spills from the castle forms a sort of spine of the fish to which many closes (alleys) are connected.And although Edinburgh has evolved over the … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Hogmanay: Fire, Culture and Community Usher in the New Year

Edinburgh Castle

Celebrations in the shadow of the Winter Solstice. They help us abide darkness and emerge from the shortest day of the year so that we may carry ourselves through deepening cold and, oddly enough, lengthening days until spring returns a few months later.In this context, the measure of a place coming forth from this seasonal inflection might in fact be its … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and Celebrating the New Year at Hogmanay

Holidays 2012

As Christmas and the new year approaches, we'd like to wish you and yours a very happy holidays from what was a snowy Berlin (damn you, warm front!).Before we go offline for the next couple of days, we have a couple of announcements for you: our upcoming New Year's celebrations at Hogmanay in Edinburgh and a giveaway featuring some of our travel photos. … [Read more...]