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Eilean, Eilean, Eilean, Please Don’t Take My Man.

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As only Nancy could see – our “bungalow” IMG_9946.JPGIMG_9947.JPGIMG_9948.JPGIMG_9949.JPG

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Out through the In Door.

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Scotland. Stop 1, revisited.

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They vote with their Dandelions.IMG_9902.JPG

Room with A View.

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Oh The Water, Oh,oh The Water, got it myself from the Mountain Stream.IMG_9899.JPG

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Eilean Donan Castle: Ancestral Home of McGraw/McCrae

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Our trip to the Scottish highlands was short (only two days), but we brought with us the best weather in years. As a McGraw, a visit to the ancestral home of yore was in order. Eileen Donan Castle is the seat of the McCrae clan (aka McGraw on the American side of the pond).

The pictures mostly speak for themselves.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

A McGraw returns home

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

The crest (part of the achievement) which we use on our Team Tartan hats

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

These kids were playing with maps on the bridge. Adorable.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

We also popped over to the Isle of Skye, and then headed up the coast by the train line and partially along the North Coast 500. An incredible day.

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Even our trusty guide was blown away by the day

Our delightful guide Les McInulty plays tourist

Palm tree

Ancient Comms

Sunny Scotland?!

For more about our trip to Scotland, see the pictures from our hike up Sgurr an Airgid where we took some one in a lifetime photos. We could see over 100 miles in every direction. And if you stay in Kintail, stay at the Kintail Lodge.

Norway in a Nutshell: Bergen in a Leaf

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Norway in a nutshell is a great way to see lots of a gorgeous country. It’s grueling though! We were on trains, boats and buses for 12 hours! Sadly, there is no beer on the boat until May 1st, so all future tourists make sure not to go to Norway in April.

This montage includes all legs of the Norway in a Nutshell trip plus our time spent in Bergen. We were joined by some great Norwegian friends for the last half of the trip. Conversation and laughter abound.

Norway is stunningly beautiful.

OSLO to MYRDAL

WAY too early

WAY too early

Jack and Daniel in the house, er , train

Jack and Daniel in the house, er , train

Dining car

Dining car

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MYRDAL TO FLÅN

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Incredible!

Incredible!

Is it THIS thing??

Is it THIS thing??

FJORD BOAT TO VOSS

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VOSS

Bus to Voss

Bus to Voss

Bergen in a Leaf

Bergen Night

Sunset from the Restaurant

Sunset from the Restaurant

Akavit

Akavit

Carhart is high style in Bergen

Carhart is high style in Bergen

Bergen Day

Breakfast in Bergen

Breakfast in Bergen

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The cable car goes back down.

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Bergen spring

Bergen spring

Long live Norway

Long live Norway

Maplethorpe, Munch, and Viking War Ships

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Snow in Oslo and a quick hit means lots of über and two museums.

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We will now preside over some Viking ruins!

Not really a Viking ship

Not really a Viking ship

Really a Viking ship

Really a Viking ship

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And then it was over to a very strange juxtaposition indeed. Maplethorpe is just a wee bit better than Munch, but don’t tell the Norwegiens. Judge for yourself.

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Munch in Hell

Munch in Hell

Maplethorpe is Satan

Maplethorpe is Satan

Death Becomes You

Death Becomes You

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Orgasmic Madonna

Orgasmic Madonna

The eyes

The eyes

William Burroughs

William Burroughs

Calla Lilly

Calla Lilly

And then there was color

And then there was color

Modern Art and Communist Headaches in Prague

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When in Prague, Mucha’s Slav Epic is well worth the trek. And so is the Communist museum (ironically wedged between a McDonalds and a Casino).

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

Were you born in the year of the Jack?

Were you born in the year of the Jack?

dog

dog

Snake

Snake

What's inside Ai Weiwei?

What’s inside Ai Weiwei?

The Slav Epic

Scale (all 24 are huge)

Scale (all 24 are huge)

Haunting

Haunting

Coy

Coy

You

You

And then there is what Ai Weiwei is fighting against. Bone headed Communist oppression.

Lenin

Lenin

Art for the Party

Art for the Party

Interrogation room

Interrogation room

Watch the film about the Velvet Revolution. Long live Czech freedom and democracy!

NYC: The Whitney with #1 Son

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View from the Whitney

View from the Whitney

Construction on the river

Construction on the river

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Packed with symbolism, but no subtlety

Packed with symbolism, but no subtlety

detail Whistler

detail Whistler

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Hidden message on the frame

Hidden message on the frame

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Do not read sign

Do not read sign

cube

cube

bad

bad

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And now, time for a cocktail

And now, time for a cocktail

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