Travel A to Z – Xcellent View to Zealous Sports Fans

So the A to Z grinds to its close and no matter how hard I worked ‘my little grey cells’ I could not come up with a better way of using the alphabet’s most problematic letter. Let’s face it unless you have a travel xylophone or become the captain of a xebec (small three-masted vessel used by Algerian pirates) there are not that many applications of the letter other than having your flip-flops screened for plutonium by some airport jobsworth or a visit to casuality on a ski holiday.

Right what is the most excellent view I have ever beheld, having thought about it I decided that you can’t really beat raw Scotland.

Castle Urquhart, Loch Ness

This is Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness. The photo was taken from a boat and I think it has just the right balance of natural beauty and a man-made edifice.  It was also the place that I got something decent to eat after the epic fail of our lunch stop that day, plus a tot of rum, which may also have had something to do with the choice.

We also got to meet Hamish the Highland Coo that day


We were told he was a film star, having been in Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones, think I’d rather have seen her kiss Hamish than Sean!

Y for Years spent travelling

My first overseas trip was to Sitges in Spain when I was a toddler so I reckon about 52 so far.

Z for Zealous sports fans

Right I don’t do sport, but can remember vividly being in Cyprus when France won the 1998 World Cup Final. There were a lot of French guests in the hotel and all of them, plus several bystanders, staff and the manager’s dog ended up in the pool.

Mind you Z is also for Zebra and I really like this photo I took at Edinburgh Zoo

Life in line zebras at Edinburgh Zoo

Only you can’t look at it for too long or the vertical hold in your brain goes.

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