Aruba, Climbing Casibari Rocks (2014)

Here’s a short video I made showing the actual climb up the Casibari Rocks. It’s worth the effort for the view.

After a climb up there, stop at the snack bar below and enjoy an ice-cold Coca-Cola or other beverage of your choice! You earned it. Bon dia!

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Santillana del Mar (2014)

Santillana del Mar is a handsome town in the north of Spain where you’ll find a number of attractions. It’s a tourist spot to be sure, with the Altamira Caves, a zoo, and the Collegiate Church among the many attractions. Here’s a look at the plaza mayor:

Plaza Mayor of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Plaza Mayor of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Notice those flowers on the balcony. Some of the homes here have an almost Alpine quality to them. The winding streets lead past the gift shops to a number of very good restaurants and bars:

Streets of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Streets of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

Everything is neat and tidy, amazingly clean for the number of people that pass through here. Don’t miss the views from the edge of town. As you see in the next photo, things are beautiful:

View from the edge of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

View from the edge of Santillana del Mar, Spain.

As many people visit the area, most are from Spain. Visitors from the USA often forgo a stop here for other destinations. However, if you’re looking to delve deeper in the culture, I suggest a jaunt through northern Spain to places like this where you’ll encounter a robust and welcoming culture all its own.

Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Caledonian is one of those hotels that takes you back to the golden age of travel. It stands on a corner in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland, with a view to the castle from many of it’s rooms and the Pompadour Restaurant. It’s recently been refurbished, and currently operates as a Waldorf-Astoria property. I reserved a standard room and was pleased to find myself on the top floor.

A room on the top floor of The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

A room on the top floor of The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The hallway was a bit narrow, but the room was well-appointed and with a view to the castle. Of course the bathroom featured all the comforts you’d expect as you see in the next photo:

Bathroom of a standard room in The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bathroom of a standard room in The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The rainfall shower certainly made for a wonderful experience. At the sink, there’s plenty of room for personal grooming as well:

Sink in standard room at The Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sink in standard room at The Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Don’t miss the pair of fluffy robes hanging on the door. There’s also slippers tucked into the pocket, more comforts than home! Of course, there’s a selection of products for your use and here’s a detailed look:

Products provided at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Products provided at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

There’s also a generously sized closet where you’ll find more conveniences, including an ironing board and more:

Closet in standard room at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Closet in standard room at The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland.

All this and more makes for a comfortable stay at The Caledonian, where staff are truly professional and do whatever they can to make your stay enjoyable. The location is very convenient to many attractions and activities in Edinburgh, including business. I enjoyed my stay here 20 years ago, and this time it was just as good if not better. Oh, and here’s the view from that room:

View from the room at The Caledonian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

View from the room at The Caledonian, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Very nice, indeed!