Writing “Clued In Edinburgh”

     The team is back from Scotland and the photography we achieved is fantastic! Why did it turn out even better than we hoped for? Because we had sunshine nearly all day, every day.  This northern area of the United Kingdom is often misty which can add great atmosphere, but mist is not always agreeable to photography so we really did luck out.  Our dear Edinburgh was looking more beautiful than ever, and even the two excursions (that will be included the June 2019 book) were great fun and very simple to do. Now we’re back home in NYC and busy turning our emotions into words so that we can bring you the next in our series of Clued In Travel Books!

     Did we discover anything new and fabulous? We did indeed… Craigmillar Castle, built in the late 1300’s and then improved upon for several centuries after that is now a deserted ruin located right in a southern suburb of the city. One could instantly see why it was the perfect choice for the Outlander location filming for its Ardsmuir Prison.

     After paying a modest fee, visitors are given unfettered access to the entire magical place. It was refreshing to see no fakery inside, nor any “reconstruction of how it once was decorated.”  It was raw and that was the beauty of it. Check out our Instagram account @cluedintravelbooks to see a video of  one of its spiral staircases.

 

 

 

 

Major fire breaks out at the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris

     We are heartbroken to learn that this venerable icon of the city was engulfed in flames today, the 15th of April, 2019.  It is one of our favorite places in the world and a highlight of our Clued In Paris.  The fire started in a section of the cathedral that was undergoing intense, urgent renovation work that was to be completed in early 2020. Please join us in our prayers that the 800 year-old structure can be saved; its main, tallest spire and the entire roof has already collapsed and much of the interior art and historical artifacts are now at great risk.   -Dean Dalton and Andie Easton

Off to Edinburgh, Scotland!

     Once again, the Clued In Travel Team is packing its bags. We’re off to gorgeous Edinburgh so that we can finalize details and get fresh photography for our newest upcoming guide, Clued In Edinburgh.  With its charming Georgian neighborhoods and mysterious medieval old town, this place offers a ton of things for visitors to see and do. There are so many castles and palaces to visit that it’s almost mind-boggling (in a good way) and the seaside area of Leith even boasts Queen Elizabeth II’s retired party ship, the Royal Yacht Britannia.  In the city center, haunted tours are practically part of the fabric there and there are also many underground explorations that take visitors back to how the city was centuries ago.  The food scene in Edinburgh has exploded in recent years and will be featured in our famous Feasting chapter. From “neeps and tatties” to haggis and spring lamb chops, the traditional dishes are still easy to find but many new chefs have taken it all to a higher level that is both tasty and beautifully plated. In addition, international flavors are getting a lot of attention and will definitely be explored in our new guide.  Festivals and events here are non-stop, especially around the holidays and the new year, and the month of August always means the Edinburgh “Fringe” theatre festival which attracts people from all over. If you’re curious about Scotland’s capital and dream of being one of the many happy “outlanders” who will be visiting in the near future, check back here in mid-May 2019 to grab our newest travel book.  And while you’re having a wee dram of whiskey while you think about it, be sure to toast with a hearty Slàinte mhath!  (pronounced “slanjevah”)

Mountain view point over Edinburgh city.

Just look at it!  It’s gorgeous!!