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A cosy cabin in Slockavullin, Kilmartin Glen.

Although I am back to work now and therefore back to normality, writing blog posts about my trip gives me a chance to reminnis about what was a very enjoyable holiday. After spending a short time on Skye and a week on North Uist ( post coming soon!) ,we fancied a few days on the equally lovely Scottish mainland.

I had booked a cabin in Kilmartin Glen in the heart of Argyll using airbnb. The 1930s hut resembles a wooden train carriage and stands in a small orchard next to the owners garden. Costing a very reasonable £170 for 3 nights, the cosy cabin was full of thoughful touches, including a vintage style radio, a wood burning stove and a cupboard brimming with books and games.

The tiny village of Slockavullin where our accommodation was located is almost hidden away, nestled in woodland amongst the many ancient monuments ( 800 apparently! ) that reside in historic Kilmartin Glen. A thirty minute walk will lead you to the slightly larger village of Kilmartin ,where there is a village pub, café and museum.

It was very easy to fall in love with the cabin. Its shape definitely reminded me of a train carriage or even the showman’s wagon in Cornwall that we stayed in a couple of years ago. ‘The Duke’ at Spring Park ~ Our stay in a Showman’s Wagon.

However this cosy retreat was purpose built as a cabin and the present owners have lovingly created a darling holiday home from it.

One quirky touch was the outdoor bath-tub , the water can be heated by lighting a fire underneath. However I never did get round to trying an alfresco dip!

Hugo was eager to explore of course! There are plentiful walks on the doorstep, many lead you past ancient burial cairns, standing stones and stone circles.

Temple Wood Stone Circle.

On our walks we saw lots of……hooded crows. To be honest I got quite excited as there are none in my neck of the woods. 🙂

And your never very far from a Highland Cow. The hardy breed originated in the Hebrides and the Highlands and is now found all over the world.

A short drive from Slockavullin is Dunadd Fort, the Iron-age remains are a steep clamber up a rocky outcrop, with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Ancient Gaelic Kings were created here and the Footprint of Fealty was believed to be part of the Dal Riata Kingdoms coronation ritual. They must have had quite small feet though!

2km North of Kilmartin village is Carnasserie Castle, a ruined 16th-Century tower house.

Moine Mhor National Nature Reserve is one of the last wild, raised bogs left in Britain. 242 species of lichens have been recorded here and the reserve is home to the marsh fritillary butterfly and two pairs of nesting hen harriers.

And your never to far from the coast. Crinan Ferry Beach is a long walk or a short drive from the cabin. In the old days a little ferry took sheep and cattle over the estuary. I have a blog post waiting to be written about a lovely walk we did along the picturesque Crinan Canal.

But for now, back to our holiday abode, where the apples and plums in the orchard tempted me to make a crumble. And hot chocolate with marshmallows were very kindly supplied by the owners, as well as fresh milk, eggs, oatcakes, jams, juice and cereals. 🙂

And after a packed day of exploring, little Hugo was always happy to snuggle by the wood burner. 🙂

Future Scotland Posts will include our week in the Outer Hebrides and Britain’s most beautiful shortcut. 🙂

Paris ~ a bucket list.

We are hoping to visit Paris this year. We haven’t booked anything and it may not even happen. This has not stopped me from inventing itinaries and planning Paris inspired Pinterest boards though! Maybe ( if we go), When we have finished gazing up in awe at the Eiffel Tower and admiring the Arc De Triumph ,maybe we can explore a little bit more………:)

1)Vintage Carousels are seemingly popular in Paris.Several are dotted round the city including this one near the Eiffel Tower. How lovely to photograph the famous landmark from the vantage point of a vintage merry go round.
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There are others in various parcs and gardens including the jardin du luxembourg and forum les halles.For many grouped together visit le musee de art forain~ a museum of all things carnival related. I’m surely not to old to take a ride on a beautiful carousel horse am I……..

2)Outdoor Swimming is not something one associates with the River Seine but maybe that is because I didn’t know about le piscine Josephine Baker a large barge moored on the banks near the Bastille containing an impressive pool. Named for the American born entertainer/resistance heroine Josephine Baker who found love and acceptance in Paris, it has a magnificent glass roof that opens up in the summer to reveal spacious sun decks.Make sure to take your speedo’s if your a boy and swim cap if your a girl ~ the general rules in french swimming baths.

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Piscine Josephine Baker.

3) Pavement cafe’s in Paris are there to entice you to sit and watch the world go by I presume. Relax with a cafe au lait, a copy of Cherie by Colette and a sumptious french pastry.:-)

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Parisienne cafe.

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Paris Brest ~ named after a french bike race apparently.

4) Hunt out the miniature Statues of Liberty of which there are two in Paris. The original was of course a gift to New York from Paris so it is only fitting that the city has its own. The tallest is situated on a small island in the Seine (le Ill aux Cygnes) and at 37ft is tiny in comparision to its legendary counterpart.

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I love the fact that the Eiffel tower rises majestically in the distance. An even smaller replica can be found in the jardin du luxembourg.

5) In the film Sabrina , Audrey Hepburn’s character says ‘paris is always a good idea’. She must have thought so herself as Audrey made several films in the city. I have only seen Funny Face where she danced with Fred Astaire and Charade in which she starred with Cary Grant. There are several more including Sabrina and Paris When It Sizzles.

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Audrey with balloons in Funny Face.

To trace Audrey’s film locations saunter over to this charming blog My French Life for inspiration. 🙂

6) Two bridges over the Seine River in Paris are covered in ‘love locks’. Pont de Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche. Buy a padlock from rue de Rivoli , write your names on the padlock, lock it onto one of the bridges and throw away the key. Your love is now eternal! The river bed must be carpeted with keys.

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Love Lock ❤

7) Browse the fabulous antiques, art and flea markets for that perfect book, print or trinket.
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8) If you are feeling brave why not delve into the shadowy world of vampires. Le Musee des Vampires is a small private museum on the outskirts of Paris dedicated to Vampires and the undead. I myself may just be to scared. By private appointment only.

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Vampire Museum ( picture found on the cool stuff to do in Paris website.

9) I would quite like to wander round the Pere Lachaise Cemetery however ~ a vast acreage of ornate statues and elaborate mausoleums dedicated to many famous names. Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Sarah Bernart and the french novelist Colette to name but a few. The most visited grave is that of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison apparently.

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statue at Pere Lachaise. ( Picture by Christopher Levy)

The cemetery is home to a multitude of cats ( they are fed by people who live near by ) and it is said that the flowers on the grave of Colette ( a noted cat lover) are replaced regularly by her feline admirers ,come night fall……

10) And of course in Paris it would be wonderful to stay in a chic Parisienne apartment. I have noticed that a few bloggers I read have used Airbnb which is a website where people advertise rooms and also whole apartments relatively inexpensively. I may have to try them out !

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Parisienne Apartment. 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed my bucket list. Have you been to any of the places featured ? Where do you love to go in Paris?

* note ~ none of the beautiful pictures in this post are my own. They are pinned off pins off pins on Pinterest and it was hard to find all there sources.