Happy 10th anniversary, Glasgow Gallivanter!

I love food, drink, music & walking both in my home country, Scotland, and abroad. This is my travel blog where I intend to write about all these things. It’s under construction, but please call back later. As a taster, here I am at the Grand Canyon in 2009.

The image and text above announced to the world my arrival as a travel blogger on July 5th, 2011. Well, when I say the world, I mean my Mum and Dad. We were about to embark on one of our North American road-trips, and blogging daily while we were away seemed like a good way to keep them informed of what we were up to. I continued to blog on-the-go for about three years – certainly, the posts are short and with few images, but I couldn’t find the energy to do that now.

During those three years I never seemed to look up and realise that there were other bloggers out there talking to each other, so those early posts are eerily quiet. That first documented trip was to Georgia and the Carolinas, and a little bit of Tennessee. In honour of my tenth anniversary I have chosen one image from each post, so at last someone will see them! Clicking on the captions will take you to the full post if interested.

Callaway Gardens, Georgia
Macon, Georgia
Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina
We saw alligators! Magnolia Plantation again
Charleston, South Carolina
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina
Mount Mitchell, North Carolina
Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina
Chimney Rock, North Carolina
Cade’s Cove, Tennessee
Lake Fontana, North Carolina
Blood Mountain Cabins, Georgia
Blood Mountain, Georgia
“Alpine” Helen, Georgia
Brasstown Bald, Georgia
Dahlonega, Georgia

So there you have it: the blog’s first travels in a nutshell. This has been a fantastic hobby for 10 years, and I hope to keep it going for at least another 10 (preferably, post-pandemic, with some actual travel). I love being able to preserve my memories in this way and so appreciate the contacts it has helped me make. Dear reader, I mean you! Thank you everyone for reading and reacting.


  1. Congratulations Anabel to you and John (the photographer, par excellence!) … wonderful memories for you – I’ve never been to that part of the States. Cheers Hilary


  2. Congratulations on your 10th blogging anniversary! I’ve realised more and more as this pandemic has worn on how fortunate it was that I decided to set up a blog too. It is such a good chronicle of past trips – I wouldn’t have remembered all the detail if I hadn’t written about it and photographed it. Plus you meet so many interesting people! Hopefully there will be many more trips to come 🙂


  3. Time does fly ☹️
    I’ve been doing this blogging lark for a little longer than you but the years have flown by.
    I discovered your blog when it had been live for a while but have been enjoying reading your posts ever since.


  4. Congratulations on 10 years, Anabel! A stunning heading photo! The Savannah, Georgia, photo brings to mind the movie “Midnight in the garden of good and evil.” You seem to do well with heights. Chimney Rock leaves me breathless even sitting at my kitchen table. 🙂 I love your blog, Anabel. I have mentioned to you in the past, how you even make history fun. Here is to at least another 10 years!💕


  5. Happy 10th anniversary! I’m glad you finally decided to start reaching out to other bloggers – I’ve enjoyed being blog friends all these years (and meeting in person too!), and hope you keep the blog going for at least another ten years! I’m enjoying reading some of your early posts too.


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