Heading back to Scotland with a visit to Amsterdam to see the Tulips!

Saturday, April 14th marked the beginning of yet another adventure…IMG_9715

I started my journey in the afternoon at the Medford International Airport in Southern Oregon.  After giving family members a big hug I headed into the terminal to begin making my way.

Once I checked my bag, I made straightway to the cafe for a nice bowl of Tomato Gorgonzola soup, and of course, a celebratory Lemon Drop for good measure while I waited to board the plane for the first leg to Los Angeles International!




The 1 1/2 hour flight to LAX went by quickly and before I knew it, I was waiting again, at LAX, this time for an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin, Ireland.

The second (and longest) leg of my journey, LA to Dublin was a non-stop, 11-hour flight.  We took off without incident just as the sun was setting in the west. Once I had another bite of dinner on board, which was a yummy Irish Shepard’s pie, I soon drifted off to sleep somewhere over Colorado. Luckily, when I awoke hours later we were only about an hour from Dublin and it was late afternoon the following day!  Oh, how I love red-eye flights where I can sleep and not be aware of how long it’s taking!

Once I was at Dublin Airport, I awaited my final leg to Aberdeen, Scotland.

IMG_9726After a nice short ride, I arrived in Scotland and was soon visiting with my cousin Lindsay once again and presenting him with a gift I had made for him over the winter – a treadle-stitched fabric photo of him and his wife, Helen, on their wedding day. I particularly enjoyed being at his house, seeing the first spring blossoms of yellow primrose and various other perky little flowers in his back garden as well as the view looking out over his neighborhood.

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I also brought him two special cookies that my great-granddaughter, Alaska, made for Easter, and he really enjoyed those too!

We have spent the last few days catching up on news, and have ventured out a couple of times to visit some nearby sights.  One day we drove out to Alford, about 30 miles west of Aberdeen, to visit the Grampian Transport Museum.

Alford Museum of TransportThis little museum is chock full of some very interesting specimens of modes of transportation; motorcycles, carriages, cars, and various other items like steam rollers, trolley cars and even an old Gypsy wagon and  Victorian organ!



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We also visited Duthie Park here in Aberdeen and was delighted with the displays within the David Welch Winter garden greenhouses.

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After visiting Duthie Park we headed to the grocery store, Sainsbury, to pick up a few things so I could make him some spaghetti with Italian sausage.  One cannot find sweet Italian sausages in Scotland, so I brought some with me for a special treat.

When we came out of the store and started heading back to his house to cook dinner, I was so surprised at how many daffodils graced the parkway alongside the road!  There were literally millions of them and such a pretty display!

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I also got a pretty good shot of the fake snow ski slope made out of plastic grass near the store where people can practice their downhill skiing!  I think that is just ingenious!


This afternoon, while Lindsay visited the Dentist, I went for a nice walk at Riverside Park along the River Dee.  Again, so many daffodils as far as you could see! What a treat!

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What a great first week it’s been!  Lindsay is happy too because I brought the sunshine from Oregon with me!

Tommorrow I head for Amsterdam for 10 days.  I will be exploring that beautiful town on the weekend, and then will jump on board the Magnifique II for a bike ‘n barge trip through the tulip fields of Holland!  Oh, what a treat that is going to be!  Stay tuned!  I’ll no doubt have a ton of fun, and a ton of photos to share with you!




Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

6 thoughts on “Heading back to Scotland with a visit to Amsterdam to see the Tulips!”

  1. Hi Mom! Great fun to see your photos. I printed this blog entry. This evening, I will read it with Craig. I especially love the two close-ups of the flowers: white with pink stripes that look kind of like lilies, and the pink blossoms. I want to do a painting of them. I love and miss you very much.


    1. Hi! Am pleased you are enjoying the photos; I love taking them and seeing the subjects live! The flowers you liked with the pink stripes are amaryllis and the others you mentioned – think you are referring to the camilias. Thanks for asking; made me think I should put the name of the flowers in the caption (if I know it)! Love you too sweetie. Just arrived in Amsterdam this afternoon! What a vibrant city filled to the brim with young folks! The energy is great! And talk about photo opportunities! More blog posts to follow in about a weeks’ time…


  2. Just signed up to follow your blog. What a great idea to to put together for your travels. I will have to try this myself. Great to see the pictures. Looks like another trip of a lifetime.

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    1. Thanks Scott! You should try it; it’s a great way to capture the memories and at the same time share it with friends and family and others worldwide that have similar interests. I love it!


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