Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Scarlett & Viaggiatore Go On Holiday!

In about a month, Viaggiatore and I will be heading across the pond with our dear friend Mr. Black (who is back in, now).

I am off to do family ancestry work and research in Scotland. Viaggiatore and I were going to go on our own, but after some advice, opinions, suggestions and orders by well meaning friends and family, and some consideration on our part, we opted to bring Mr. Black along as a travel companion.

Mr. Black has not been out of the states before, so I gave him the option of leaving from either New York or Boston, noting that whatever city we leave from, we'll be staying there briefly when we come back, so if he'd like to see either of them, that would be the one to choose as our point of departure.
He chose New York.

There is a contingency about New York, I told him.

The flight from Boston goes straight to Edinburgh, Scotland. The flight from New York has a layover in Paris. If you choose to leave from New York, we will be stopping in Paris. I had planned on going this route myself, because I love Paris, and I'd never miss an opportunity to stop and visit. Of course, he was excited to go to France, so New York to Paris it is. We'll stay for a little while so that I can introduce him to this magnificent city:

As it turns out, it's cheaper to fly to London from Paris and then take the train to Edinburgh, as opposed to flying directly to Edinburgh from Paris. ?!? So as fate would have it, we will be dashing through the fabulous city of London, which I love just as much as Paris. Next time I go to London, I'll stay a while. My last visit wasn't nearly long enough either.

I phoned Mr. Black to tell him we'd be going through London. He was ecstatic!
Will we be going through Kings Cross Station at all? He wanted to know.
Yes, I told him, we will, as a matter of fact.

He is *the biggest Harry Potter fan* in the United States, I think. Moreso than you could possibly imagine, and I'm not exaggerating.
Could we stop at Platform 9 3/4? He asks.
I check.
Yes, there really is one, now.

Yes, we can, I tell him.
I'll have a photo of him pushing that cart through the brick wall. Thankfully, no one there will be surprised. Hopefully, he doesn't go through the wall!

Then we're off to Scotland by way of rail, and what a lovely way to travel through the countryside and see it all! I wonder if they'll offer chocolate frogs on that train...

Then we will spend time going all over Scotland, researching my ancestry, and looking at all of the castles, towns, cathedrals, and landscapes. As it turns out, three historical groups in that country are hosting a year long celebration called "Homecoming Scotland 2009"; in which they want everyone even remotely Scottish or even interested in Scotland to Come Home. There are myriad festivals and celebrations. Isn't it ironic that it coincides with my family research trip? I thought so, too. It will be incredible. We're going to meet up with some new friends there, as well, which will be nice.

Now then... unbeknownst to the naive trusting Mr. Black, our transportation plans have changed when we get off of the train in Edinburgh.

In the spirit of the truly adventurous wanderers who've gone before me, I will be driving in Scotland. It wasn't part of the original plan, but some of the places I need to go are a bit remote (no trains and buses). Soooooo..... fair warning to all and sundry in Scotland. I will be careening around parts unknown in a standard transmission vehicle, driving on the other side of the car, on the other side of the road, on the other side of the world.

I've only recently learned that Scotland is one of the few European countries that have one lane roads for two lane traffic. God bless them.

And, God bless us. I have a feeling that Mr. Black may very well reach a whole new level of intimacy and understanding with The Almighty, through fervent prayer from the passenger seat and thankfulness at the end of each long day.

I will have so many good stories when we get back!


Remiman said...

OMG, I can't wait to read your stories!
How I would love to be a cricket in your duffle on this trip. ;-)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It all sounds incredibly wonderful, but WHO IS MR. BLACK? I also adore Paris and have always wanted to see Scotland with its ghostly castles and moors and brambles. WHO IS MR BLACK?
I would never want you to think me nosy, but ... WHO. IS. MR. BLACK?!!

Suburbia said...

What a fantastic time you will have. I wish I could come with you :)

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello Rel!

Well, you will be with me in spirit, absolutely. Will that do, cricket?


So... what are you getting at there?

It will be quite the trip.

Mr. Black was featured in another post on this very same blog, last year. He was Prince Charming to my little Princess Bay, when Bay and I were wandering about.
He'll be playing the part of 'traveling companion and body guard' while I'm across the pond. I am lucky to have a good friend who is willing to make the trip and take care of me while I push every boundary I can find.


I wish you could come with me, too. You need the break.
I hope that you get one soon. In the meantime, I will keep the trip updates posted here, so you can all experience it vicariously.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Clowncar said...

It says much too much about me that all I could think of while readng this was Dr. Suess. Mr. Brown is out of town! Brown is back, with Mr. Black!

Have fun! Tell us all about your adventures upon your return. Kiss New York City for me.

The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick said...

I can't wait to see all your photos! I am quite envious that you are going, as it's been way too long since I've been. LOVE London and Scotland!! Definitely post photos along the way to your FB page, too, if you can. :-) Safe travels!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Oh, now I remember him.

He's pretty lucky, too, you know. And if you need yet another bodyguard/chaperone/boundary pusher, you know where to find me.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


You are so close on that one, you couldn't possibly imagine. Dr. Seuss indeed.
It says very good things about you, by the way.


YAY! So glad to see you! I have to go through your old posts about Scotland.
Advice would be appreciated!!!
Grazie Bella!


*blush*, thank you, that's very nice to say, and yes, he is lucky. We both are.

You are hired. Let's go.
If I'd known that, I'd have asked you right away. I want to go to the Taj Mahal next, and Italy. And maybe Switzerland. Definitely Germany. Pack now.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Kay said...

I am SO envious!!! We both have very strong Scottish links. But we are one year out cos my plan is to be there next year ... bummer! But I will be reading about your trip with much interest (envy aside!) Bon Voyage! So happy for you.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello Kay!

I wish that you were able to go this year! The Homecoming Scotland thing seems like it will be really great all year.
I'll keep everyone posted!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Eastcoastdweller said...

Wow! Boy, are we all in for some stories! I love how during the course of this post, Your options kept expanding -- I fully expected that a stopover in New Zealand would ultimately be added to the itenerary.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


That's the only way I travel... or even live, to be honest. Life constantly evolves and we must roll with it.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore