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  1. Patsy
    August 16, 2017

    I’m so glad that I’ve been distracted from blog reading this summer – I got to read about your whole trip in “real time.”

    Damn, Scotland looks cold! But OMG breathtaking!

    How lovely that you could do this trip. A lifetime of “remember whens” in two weeks time.

    And your son is totes gorge, as the cool kids say. And I love, love, love that picture he took of you, leaning against the wall in your trainers ;)

    08/16/17
    6:25 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Patsy, Glad you’ve had a fun and distracted summer! It was exactly a lifetime of remember whens. I am now thinking I’d like to go with both the kids:). Scotland was only cold in Uist, at 9:30pm. Other than that, in the Highlands it was brisk;).

  2. Dalit
    August 16, 2017

    Omg, Brighton was home for 10 years.
    My boys were born there.
    You evoked so many feels…
    ❤️

    08/16/17
    6:27 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Dalit, You lived there? How fun! And what a great place to be with little children, it seems. <3

  3. Annie Green
    August 16, 2017

    Huzzah for Brighton! I was brought up not far from that raffish town and I still enjoy a visit when down south to visit friends and family. Always something to look at and sea as well. As a teenager I got badly sunburned on the stony beach, when a child I used to rush in and out of the cold water without a care, usually to disappear quickly as the beach shelved away just a few feet from the shore. It’s a grubby old lady of a town but a good one.

    08/16/17
    6:28 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Annie Green, Raffish is the absolutely perfect word, a grubby old lady with a feather in her hat and large rings on her fingers, who knows how to swim a long, long way.

  4. Susan B
    August 16, 2017

    It sounds like a wonderful trip all around, even with the travel snafu’s. I’m so glad you had this chance to travel with and spend time with your son.

    Your first post reminded me of how much we loved Scotland. Would love to go back someday…

    08/16/17
    6:33 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Susan B, It was wonderful. The travel snafus eventually became, to me, a sign that the voyage was a story in and of itself. With themes:).

  5. Katherine C. James
    August 16, 2017

    Ah. Delightful reading; inspiring and informative. Both parts of this were a pleasant interlude. The picture of you meeting your Brighton friends made me smile. Love the story of the new earring for your son. As a person who must wear earrings or earring wires of platinum, or my ears hurt, I can sympathize with earring problems. As a Capricorn, I also approve of the oval garnet and platinum in combination. Garnets are often overlooked as a stone choice, and I feel protective of them since they are my birthstone. I have a ring made of a garnet set in platinum. I love the contrast. It was fascinating to read you’re not usually a museum fan since that and cafes and restaurants are my main destinations when I go to a new city, that and beautiful architectural structures and parks. Museums are exhausting, and I have to be careful not to overwhelm myself with too much sensory input, but I do love them. As you noted regarding travel, the pleasure of revisiting the familiar in contrast to experiencing the new, I love to go to a museum I know well and visit permanent collection pieces I know and adore. I can look at them for hours and see new things within them. I allow time for a coffee or lunch break and am careful not to overdo. Thank you for so generously sharing your trip with us.

    08/16/17
    6:42 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Katherine C. James, I love the intersection of my son’s earring and your jewelry. These moments expand my feeling of connection in the world. I am going to try revisiting museums from now on.

  6. Bungalow Hostess
    August 16, 2017

    Despite your travel hiccups you seemed to have a fabulous time away…
    one can have too much museum time..I appreciate art but adore nature, gardens, the local architecture and people watching!
    Those seagulls must be related to the gull family that we have nesting on the roof two house down from us…5 am every morning…caw caw caw… :-((

    08/16/17
    6:56 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Bungalow Hostess, It was fabulous! And I like you like to mix up my travel. Also, window shopping:). You have raucous seagulls too? So funny, I never knew that was thing until this trip!

  7. Parnassus
    August 16, 2017

    Hello Lisa, Sounds like a perfect trip–just the mix of museums and historic sites that I like. Also, it is a good idea for you to hold on to your current relatives, especially since the one I found for you turned out to be pretty shaky.
    -Jim

    08/16/17
    7:00 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Parnassus, Yes, the historic sites were really spectacular. And not to worry – there are so MANY Blisses and Morrises! Carnochans, at least in the US, not so much:).

  8. dottoressa
    August 16, 2017

    Beautiful stories and memories! Even as I’m not a calming person-all those unfortunate events eventually change to endearing moments (much later),don’t you think?
    “In the familiar,we travel deeply”-how true and well said
    I love London very much,have “my”café and a lot of “my places” (NPG,Somerset house and some places to drink tea around, are among them)and always want to hear London stories
    I’ve never been to Brighton but always wanted to visit
    My friend’s daughter lives there and a couple of years ago, the airlines have completely changed their slots and fly only to Heathrow. They decided that it is better to drive from Zagreb (always changing routes and making the travel more interesting and rewarding,taking a couple of days) than fly
    I like especially :” visit your online friends where they live and let them show the sights” ;-)
    Dottoressa

    08/17/17
    7:44 am
    Lisa said...

    @dottoressa, ;-). And I bet the drive from Zagreb to Brighton would be much better than dealing with Heathrow to London to Brighton ad nauseum.

  9. Chronica Domus
    August 17, 2017

    Not sure why I didn’t see your Part I appear in my feed but so glad I’ve found Part II of your adventures. Love Brighton and often recommend it to friends who visit London as it is just a train ride away.

    08/18/17
    10:23 am
    Lisa said...

    Probably I was in spam jail:(. I can absolutely imagine you in Brighton!

  10. Tracey
    August 17, 2017

    Dear Lisa
    Welcome back. Thanks for documenting your trip. I don’t know how you keep a track of what you saw and did. I’m too busy being overwhelmed to ever document much. I love Dottoressa’s comment about the uncomfortable things becoming endearing memories. So true. I find for years after a trip it will be the small things I remember – a sandwich eaten hurriedly on a high street that satiated the griping of a hungry stomach, the feel of the weather and different angle of the sun. Anyway, I enjoyed reading this, and it brought back memories of my own visit. And museum guilt assuaged as you said, drop in, take what you want. I went to the National Gallery and only did one room, and I did kind of feel guilty about not spending more time there until I read your thoughts. The room I visited was a featured exhibit on treasures from Louis XXIV’s palace and that was really enough magnificence to eyeball in one sitting. You could spend a year at the History Museum and another year at the Gallery. Snippets. Lovely trip. Lovely writing as always. XXXX

    08/18/17
    3:48 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Tracey, I didn’t document anything when I was there! It was just such a vivid trip. Does that make sense? And I think treasures from Louis would have more than enough for one sitting.:)

  11. Allison Mohr
    August 17, 2017

    What a great trip, and how cool is it that you went with your son.

    08/18/17
    3:59 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Allison Mohr, So cool, all the cool of it from him:).

  12. Kathy
    August 18, 2017

    Your trip (both posts) looks wonderful. So great to travel with your son. xo

    08/18/17
    4:00 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Kathy, xoxoxoxox

  13. Susan L
    August 18, 2017

    Your trip looks like a wonderful multilayered experience. I have greatly enjoyed both blog posts. Travels aside, I would love to spend 2 weeks solo with my adult son while sharing interests in common. Having a good relationship with an adult child is priceless. For your son, having his mother remain as top cheerleader is beyond priceless. Bravo! (Plus he has beautiful taste in scarves :))

    08/18/17
    4:04 pm
    Lisa said...

    @Susan L, Thank you. It was multi-layered, exactly. And I can’t recommend enough taking a trip with an adult son. You relive all the years together, without per se talking about any of them except the now.

    He’s got great style;).

  14. Mardel
    August 26, 2017

    So happy I’ve finally gotten to part 2. How lovely your trip sounds, even the thought of museum back and picture overload. I think this is part of why I only tolerate short museum jaunts, although I adore art. My back can’t take the standing and slow walking, and my brain is so easily overwhelmed.

    And the jewelry jaunt made me smile, as I’ve just been working with a jeweler to replace wires and posts in some earrings my late husband gave me in his final years so that I can wear them. I only tolerate high-carat gold or platinum posts or wires, which means that although I love a funky necklace, I can’t just pick up funky earrings.

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