Grand Canyon

I was inspired by my friend Anabel’s blog post and photos of the Grand Canyon.  I went through my old photo disks to find ones from our trip there with a good friend who lives in Prescott, AZ – the first time my daughter saw the Grand Canyon. 

South Rim of Grand Canyon

South Rim of Grand Canyon

“The Grand Canyon,” I kept telling her in her early years, “is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Spectacular.  Awesome. I can’t wait until you can go there.”  We are American, but my daughter has been raised mostly in Europe.  After I dragged her to numerous castles in the Loire Valley of France; she announced to our French side of the family, “if I have to go to one more chateau; I shall vomit!”.  We bribed her with local patisseries after each visit.  Even Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc) was not compelling to her.  But she could be bribed with French pastries (and this still works).

After a two-hour drive with one of my best friends who is as goofy as I am, so we sang almost the entire trip… we pulled up to the parking lot and got her out of the car, covering her eyes.  We walked her to the Rim and uncovered her view.  The look on her face?  Priceless – I can still see it today.  Total Awe.

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim.

We stayed a couple days; walking around, eating our home-made food at picnic benches, seeing all we could see, watched the condors that had been recently reintroduced at the Park.  We laughed – joked about attracting wildlife; “just roll your shoulders and yell ‘hubba hubba’!” and made a lot of memories.  We were fortunate to get a last minute room at the El Tovar Hotel right at the Rim.  Sneaking Emily in, she slept on an air mattress we brought.  I barely sleep that night; it was all too magic.

Afternoon arrival

Afternoon arrival

I have been on a lot of vacations at a lot of wonderful places.  But for memories; this one tops them all.  The first time my daughter saw the Grand Canyon.

Thank you Auntie Jannie – you’re the best.  We miss you.  M xx

The clouds have an amazing effect on the scenery

The clouds have an amazing effect on the scenery

Eating my way through Glasgow – Riverhill Coffee Bar

Tiny….but growing.

Tiny….but growing.

Eat, Pray, Love.
Eat, Dance, Bliss.

E and I like to eat.  We walk a lot, so we think we can (eat) and I figure she is still growing.  It works for us.  As long as my Fitbit goes over 10,000 steps that day.

We thought we would duck in somewhere new.  We were peckish, well downright ravenous, and another place we checked was “full”.  On the recommendation from a friend at Mulberry (like, handbags!) we went here.  OMG what a delight.

Pastry treats at the Riverhill Cafe, Glasgow.

Pastry treats at the Riverhill Cafe, Glasgow.

The place is tiny; like so tiny that there is a bar with some seats against the wall and we were lucky enough to get two spots.  But crowded as it is winter and we all have coats, scarves, mittens, hats, bags.  And we feel guilty because the place keeps filling up….

We have a sandwich each; and whatever they put in the mayo I could eat every day.  Enhanced the chicken sublimely…and the roll was perfect crunch outside and squish on the inside.

Did we have dessert?  Yes, one to go and one for a gluten-free friend of ours.  The Snickers Brownie was eaten later than day (in another coffeehouse) and was drool-worthy.  At 10 that night we were hungry again, and ate our friend’s gluten-free lemon and poppyseed muffin.  Like a dessert.  (Sorry, Cath!)

Top marks for this gem; and will be happy to see it expanded (as indicated).  Oh, the coffee was great and there was a raspberry green tea that smelled like a berry bush, too!

Fruit Scones

Fruit Scones

Willow Tea Room Tour – part of Creative Mackintosh Month in Glasgow

Willow Tea Room Tour – part of Creative Mackintosh Month in Glasgow.