Monday, October 26, 2009

Turkey for my Birthday!

We went to Istanbul for my birthday and had a great time.

When we arrived it was raining and we saw a rainbow...

We stayed at the W which was a really nice hotel - we loved the room.

I do love a nice hotel...I've never really been a youth hostel kind of girl!

We went to the Grand Bazar.

And had lunch at the Kepenski for my birthday...yes I'm feeling good!

We saw the Hagia Sophia and the blue mosque. The fist photo below is the Hagia Sophia, the second is the Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque - it was a beautiful day.

We also took a boat trip down the Bosphorus.

It was fun but we were glad to get off the boat.  It was a little bumpy.

Glengarry - Scotland

Our next stop on our Scotland trip was Glengarry castle - we love this place! This was our room.

This is a view from our room:

The food was excellent and we love the library which had a fireplace.  We spent an entire day just relaxing in front of the fire while it was raining. One day we took a drive to the Isle of Skye and visited Dunvegan Castle which had incredible grounds.  This is a photo of Sammy in the walled garden.

Here's a photo of me walking around the grounds - I couldn't believe how big this plant was.  Sammy took a photo of me next to it so we could see the scale.

On the way back from the Isle of Skye I had to have a photo of the purple heather which seemed to be everywhere making the hills look like they were a soft velvet.

And we saw a rainbow right before we arrived back at the manor...

Beautiful end to a beautiful day!