Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Travel Tuesday - How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Some people like beaches.

Some people like historical tours.

Some people like cruises.

Some people like lake houses.

But my family? We like golf. Is that weird? (Wait. Don't answer that.)

Last week, my parents, my two sisters and their husbands, and B and I spent time in St. Andrews, Scotland at the British Open golf tournament, and did we ever have fun. Five years ago, four of us went, but this time all eight of us made the trip. Not all of us are golfers, and not all of us were interested in the Open, but we all spent some time enjoying the atmosphere and the tournament.

Here's B and our brother-in-law, Tom, pretending that they just played the famous 17th hole. Looks to me like they lost their ball in the rough.

And check out that bunker on 17! You could get lost down there. (That's my mom and dad--the benefactors of all this fun.)

Today I got an email from my college roommate who said, "I think that if I were vacationing in Scotland on my second day in the gallery I’d be thinking more about all the other stuff in Scotland that I’d like to see and was missing while I was watching golf."

Well, Jen, you'll be happy to know that we did NOT spend all of our time watching golf (the tournament itself was kind of a snoozer this year anyway because the guy who won, a South African, was the leader the entire time. It's not as much fun to watch when it's not even close and you pretty much know who's going to win going into the last day. Zzzzzzz.).

We did manage to spend one day in Edinburgh, a city that I love every time I've been there.

This is Edinburgh's famous castle.

And here's a beautiful view of Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh's famous peak in Holyrood Park.

After four days, we said goodbye to Scotland and headed for England, specifically to London, where many adventures were had by all. You'll have to come back tomorrow for the London portion of our trip because my old pal jet lag is kicking me in the gut and it's time for me to sleep.



  1. That looks like an absolutely WONDERFUL vacation. Your parents are very blessed and very generous to arrange such a great trip for your family. I will be back tomorrow for "Part II." Lots more pictures, please ? ? ? THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR VACATION!!!

  2. My grandfather came from Glasgow (west of Edinburgh) when he was 13. I'd love to get there some day. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

  3. When I drove by the Country Club in Morris last week I thought of you as I always do when I am there.

    I've actually never been there in my life but I will always connect it with you because you worked there once upon a time.

  4. Okay, I have to say it: I think a golf vacation sounds terribly boring. But first of all, it was a European golf vacation, so that’s a completely different story! And second of all, how COOL is it that your whole family thinks this is a good time?! I love that.

    I really hope I get to go overseas to see these places myself sometime. Just the thought of the history, the heritage pretty much knocks me out of my chair. Awesome.

  5. Mary, you are hilarious! That comment totally made me laugh. :)