Monthly Archives: June 2015


What a viewGreat View

It was time to explore the village near our lodge where we bought our food (can really recommend the lamb kebabs) so we dashed out when the sun appeared by surprise after a day of pouring rain. Ballachulish grew up around former slate quarries which we walked behind and marveled at the view over Loch Linnhe. The babbling stream accompanied our walk back to the village where lamb kebabs won over dinner at the hotel restaurant :-).

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Whisky Distillery in Oban

From Malting, Milling, Mashing, Fermentation to Distillation and Maturation – here the result of this process is Oban Whisky (water of life) which is delicious after 14 years matured in European oak casks and then bottled as Oban single malt whisky.


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A bit cloudy today


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The Isle of Skye – Pink Guest Houses and Mahjong

The drive to the Isle of Skye via Fort William and Kyle was breathtaking as was the short journey to Portree, the largest town on the island. One pretty Loch followed the next and I thought of Canada and all its fir trees, lakes and green landscape. And of course I loved the pretty little pink guest house near the seafood restaurant where we enjoyed the obligatory fish and chips and Cullen Skink, a tasty fish soup of smoked haddock, potato and leek. But my real highlight was the antique Mahjong set we discovered in the lounge of Kinloch Lodge Hotel owned by the Macdonald family – it looked handmade and priceless. The waiter wondered if the owner knew of the historic piece in the drawing room kept for guests. Sometimes it is good to be curious …

The Pink Guest HousePromenade at Portree HarbourMahjong of the MacdonaldsPrecious TilesHarbour of Mallaig

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The Hidden Valley of Glencoe

Today we mastered our walk to The Hidden Valley. This Valley is also known as The Lost Valley.
We first drove through Glencoe where we found a parking place on the A82 to descend the old road (signposted Corrie Gabhail). Then we crossed the river and climbed up the steep hillside between Beinn Fhada and Gearr Aonach (2 of the 3 Sisters of Glencoe). The very well defined path led us into the lost valley, where the MacDonalds are reputed to have hidden cattle they had rustled from their neighbours.


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The Highlands are calling

Scotland is full of high lands :-).

It was home from home when we picked up the bright yellow Fiat 500 at Edinburgh Airport and drove through the breathtaking valley of Glencoe to Loch Linnhe and our well equipped lodge at Holly Tree Hotel. The view from the lounge is amazing and reminds us of Lake Garda in Italy – even if the weather is rather different :-). Today we christened our new Jack Wolfskin walking shoes (Liz) and jacket (Reiner) on the Glencoe Lochan trail around a small lake which was built by the Earl of Strathcona for his Canadian wife who was homesick for the Rockies – how romantic!


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The Peace Bridge in Niedernhausen

The Peace Bridge
Great Weekend refinded by a scrumptious barbecue with Debbie and Paul. Liz met Debbie and Paul 10 years ago in a course to improve their French. For 5 years I really appreciate their yearly “open house” party. Now we invited them the last weekend in our new kitchen and for barbecue on the balcony. What a surprise then when Debbie mentioned the “Mainzer Kolleg” and the Johannes-Gutenberg University where she studied and did her MA 40 years ago. I had to tell her that I met her there in Mainz once – even for just only 5 seconds. She shared a room in the student residence with my girl friend I was visiting. She replied that as Debbie Marble she left the Mainzer Kolleg and wanted to spend the weekend with her friend Paul Hubbard. Later they got married and they will soon celebrate their ruby wedding. And she remembered the blond guy there 40 years ago 🙂 We ended by saying “the world is small” 🙂

PS: Debbie is a writer, her book “The Peace Bridge” has to do with her arrival in Mainz

see also:
Debbie Hubbard liest in Idstein
Debbie’s Website

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