Subject: Champagne bottles on airplanes and View Towers
We have several times carried champagne on airlines without any leaks or explosions. Indeed, the airlines themselves serve it, if you are lucky enough to travel in first class, or are willing to buy it. I do remember, however, that we once lugged a bottle to the top of the Jungfrau, chilled it in a snowbank, and removed the cork, only to have the entire bottle erupt all over the mountain, leaving us literally high and dry!

A tower with a nice view is the Sir Walter Scott monument in the middle of the Princes Street gardens in Edinburgh. Not too great a climb, but don't try it if you are not fairly svelte, as the winding stone staircase is very narrow. I have big shoulders and have to go up sideways.

Cheers, Bill in Baltimore