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Iceland-Waterfall
Jim Dorsey

Four favorite Iceland waterfalls

Our four favorite Iceland waterfalls. During our 2-week stay we were blessed with unusually good late fall weather allowing us to comfortably explore many parts of this glorious island.

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Playground Earth | Biking | Isle of Skye
Jim Dorsey

Isle of Skye

Visiting a major tourist destination without the tourists. The Isle of Skye is located off Scotland?s northwest coast and is the largest island in the inner Hebrides archipelago.

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Playground Earth | Azores | The Romeiros of Sao Miguel
Jim Dorsey

The Romeiros of Sao Miguel

Here on the island of Sao Miguel, 900 miles off the coast of Portugal, the pilgrims are known as Romeiros and their centuries-old legacy is rooted in an all-consuming faith.

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Playground Earth Stay at Troy's Barn
Jim Dorsey

Our stay at Troy’s Barn

Staying in a barn may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Even if it is in England.

However, staying in a renovated sheep barn that has been converted into a cozy studio with a large, comfortable bed, full kitchen, bathroom with a shower and tub might just change your mind.

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Playground Earth Travel | Appreciating the Caledonian Canal
Jim Dorsey

Appreciating the Caledonian Canal

Our time spent experiencing the Caledonian Canal gave us a greater understanding and appreciation for why it is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest waterway engineering projects ever accomplished.

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Sprout & Co.
Jim Dorsey

Discovering Sprout & Co.

While spending time in Dublin, Ireland we discovered Sprout & Co., a farm to bowl (and wrap) chain that farms, and supplies, their own produce.

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Playground Earth | Travel Story | Sawers Belfast Market
Jim Dorsey

Sawers Market

Sawers is a family owned business established in 1897 that prides itself on stocking an extensive range of quality foods from around the world.

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Playground Earth | Train Travel | Fort William to Glasgow
Jim Dorsey

Fort William to Glasgow Train Ride

Thus began our day as we departed from Fort William to Glasgow on a nearly four hour journey by train through the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first National Park.

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Playground Earth | Fish Lover's Dilemma | Fresh Salmon
Jim Dorsey

A fish lover’s dilemma

There were once eight fishmongers in the Victorian Market where Duncan Fraser still does business. Today, Duncan Fraser is the sole survivor.

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Edinburgh Castle | Image by Walkerssk
Jim Dorsey

Edinburgh Castle

The whole of the United Kingdom, as well as many parts of Europe, are dotted with mighty castles and fortresses, all with their own amazing tales to tell. In Scotland however, there are few castles with the storied history that the 12th-century Edinburgh Castle can lay claim to.

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Jim Dorsey

The Cheese House in Cromarty

We completed our late afternoon excursion to the Cromarty Cheese House by choosing an excellent 18 month Gouda from a region in North-Holland that was originally the sea.

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