Christmas in Québec City

Every December in the old city of Québec, Canada, German-style Christmas markets spring up in the streets, where vendors sell roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, and the shop windows in Le Quartier Petit Champlain are draped with garlands of ribbon and pine. It’s a magical world, dusted in snow, that rivals even the most elegant capitals of Europe.

In the summertime, I look forward to spending a few brilliant weeks strolling through Paris, exploring the English countryside, or hiking along the cliffs of the Italian Riviera. But in the long, lonely months of winter, a weekend escape to Québec City has become something of a tradition. It is there that I can feel a world away, and yet surprisingly close to home.

Travelogue for England and Scotland, 2012

Travelogue for England and Scotland, 2012

Remember what Bilbo used to say: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to…”

—  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Welcome! This is an online travel journal for my Summer 2012 trip to England and Scotland, which covers the following destinations:

  • London (for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Trooping of the Colour)
  • Greenwich
  • Bath
  • Stonehenge
  • The Cotswolds
  • Oxford
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Edinburgh

Also, you should know that while I’ve embedded some photographs into the entries, many more from my trip are available on Flickr.

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