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Visit Kirriemuir - birthplace of JM Barrie, creator of Peter Pan

on 03/23/2016 in Scotland
Kirriemuir, known as the “Gateway to the Glens” makes a captivating base for exploring the beautiful braes of Angus. The town’s most famous son was the author JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan. His birthplace, now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, contains an imaginative exhibition featuring life-size figures, theatre posters and stage costumes. There is also a...

Marrakech: Feast for the senses

on 03/31/2016 in Marrakesh
By Anita Draycott I felt like I had just stepped into a movie. Snake charmers, teeth yankers, fortune tellers, acrobats, water carriers—good guys, bad guys all putting on their nightly performance in Jemaa el Fna square, in the marvelous mayhem that is Marrakech. Each evening as the sun starts to set the cast assembles, setting up stalls of street-food delicacies...

Rum Running in Old San Juan

on 03/31/2016 in San Juan
By Anita Draycott Enjoy the small museum and free samples at Casa Don Q, locally produced rum from the Serralles family who take pride in their eco-friendly distillery. A bottle of Don Q Cristal makes a spirited souvenir. Don Q is across the street from the Pier 1 cruise ship dock and next door to the PR Tourism Centre.

Visit Aberdeen Area’s Best Castles

on 03/31/2016 in Aberdeen
Delgatie Castle Turriff, Aberdeenshire The home of the late Captain Hay of Delgatie, the castle has displays of fine paintings, armoury and Victorian clothes combined with the atmosphere of a lived in home. The castle has largely been in the Hay family for the last 650 years. It was taken from the Earl of Buchan after the Battle of Bannockburn...

Prestwick: Home of The Open

on 05/17/2016 in Prestwick Airport
By Anita Draycott Prestwick’s twelve-hole design by Old Tom Morris in 1851 was birthplace to the Open. It’s now an eighteen-hole track but happily little has changed on the course or inside the clubhouse. I watched as a gray-haired chap nattily attired in necktie and V-neck sweater struck his ball from the first tee. His black Labrador dutifully waited until...

Explore Ayrshire’s Famous Castles and Cottages

on 03/27/2016 in Lisburn
By Anita Draycott Ayrshire, the poetic heart of Scotland offers a range of unique visitor attractions, including Culzean Castle and Country Park, the jewel in the National Trust for Scotland's crown. Here are a few visitor attractions to explore: Dean Castle Country Park Dean Road, Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire Dean Castle Country Park is an excellent free day out for all...

Minmore, House of Spirits in Cairngorms National Park

on 04/25/2016 in United Kingdom
By Anita Draycott For true Scottish hospitality and an unforgettable setting, I recommend a stay at Minmore House on the Glenlivet estate in Cairngorms National Park. This is the mythic heart of the Highlands with its majestic landscape of foreboding mountains carved by deep glacial valleys. It’s moody country: one minute the sun is flickering on hues of heather and...

Scotland: Stirling Castle, Home of Mary Queen of Scots

on 05/08/2016 in Scotland
By Anita Draycott Stirling Castle is a truly iconic landmark towering over Stirling and surrounding countryside and has played an integral role in defining Scotland's history, serving as the childhood home of Mary Queen of Scots. Within its walls lies one of Britain's finest surviving renaissance palaces, which has recently undergone a lavish refurbishment to restore it to how it...

Say I Do In Mexico

on 05/19/2016 in Mexico
When planning the big day, we often want it to be special and out of the ordinary. We try to think of new destinations that will make it a "once-in-a-lifetime" memory. What better destination to achieve this than Mexico? Mexico brings a wide range of locations that you can choose to have your perfect day. With the animated town of...

Explore Haida Heritage at Kay Llnagaay

on 06/02/2016 in British Columbia
By Anita Draycott In Northern BC, the Haida Heritage Centre at Ḵay Llnagaay is a cultural jewel on remote Haida Gwaii. Set in Skidegate, and anchored by traditional Haida totem poles, this centre is a stunning showcase of the local Haida culture and traditions, with a focus on the deep connection between the land, the sea and the people who...

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