Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Europe - Part 4


The Titanic Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


The Titanic was actually built in Belfast.



This ship was part of the Titanic Museum and you were able to tour it.


We went to Avoca for lunch - one of my favorite restaurants.
One of our hosts had recommended it to us.


Next we flew to Edinburgh, Scotland.  One of our first stops was the Scone Castle.  Historically, it has been the crowning place for the King of Scots.


On to Killiecrankie.  It was basically a nature center, which was on our way to the Highlands.  If you took a short walk you could see the place where a man made an 18 ft. leap to escape enemy soldiers.


A man at Killiecrankie recommended we stop at the Watermill for lunch.  We were glad we did!

It was a working mill, bakery, & restaurant.  The hot drinks we so welcomed after a cold, rainy morning!



Because of time and the (rainy) weather, we didn't drive far into the Highlands.

And then it was a quick stop back at our place of lodging, before leaving again.



We drove to the town of Stirling to see what we could see (and also to see if there was any food available).  We caught a glimpse of Stirling Castle on our way.


The next day, we attempted to find Finnich's Glen (also known as Devil's Pulpit), a place I had read about and seen pictures of.  Let's just say this was one time Google Maps & our GPS wasn't quite accurate.

We finally found the right place - over a fence, through some woods and then down these steep, slippery steps.


It was pretty at the bottom though.

The Kelpies at Falkirk.

We took a ride on the Falkirk Wheel - a rotating boat lift that transported boats from an upper canal to a lower one, and vice-versa.

Back in Edinburgh

We took some time to explore the National Museum of Scotland. (It was free!)

And then we experienced our first "high tea".


The view from Edinburgh Castle.
I looked through some of the many books in Scottish National War Memorial and found the European variation of my father's family name.

Raining....again!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Europe - Part 3

Sometimes, selfie sticks don't work as well as you would like them to....

 ....but when you want a group picture....

 
...you just make do!

 
A cute little shoppe in Kenmare

 Scenery on the Ring of Kerry
 

 On Sunday we attended East Dunsmore Christian Fellowship.

 We toured the Waterford Crystal factory.  They used to make all of their glass right in the town of Waterford, but now only special ordered pieces are made in this small factory and the rest is made elsewhere.  It was mesmerizing to watch them blow glass.


 Next it was on to Wexford to see the Famine Ships.  These ships were used to take the Irish to America & Canada during the hard times caused by the potato famine.
 



 Our Airbnb lodging one night was on this farm where we met one of our most memorable hosts!
Peter was waiting for us when we drove in and introduced us to his wife who had prepared a lovely tea.  Next on the agenda was a tour of the farm.

He even provided us with muck boots! :)
 
Peter and us.  He couldn't stop remarking about the beautiful view this hill on his farm afforded.  And he was right!

 Newgrange - an ancient burial place although the reason for the structure and the way its built remains a mystery.  The sun only shines into the inside chamber on about 5 days of the year, around the summer solstice.



The only entrance and exit to the inside chamber.  If you easily become claustrophobic - this is not the place for you!


Dunluce Castle - rumor has it that the kitchen of this castle fell into the sea during a bad storm.

 A kind lady who happened to be exiting the tour bus, graciously took our picture for us.  But then a tour guide hurriedly got off the bus and and said "No, no! Don't let her take your picture, she drops cameras all the time!  And let's get the rest of your group on the picture too!"  (They had just stuffed themselves into our vehicle)  But when someone offers to take a group picture, you accept!  So they extricated themselves for yet another group picture.



Giant's Causeway


Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge







It was such a long day, we hadn't eaten in awhile, and it was taking forever to get to our hotel.  (This is probably 10:30 in the evening).  After working some minor problems out with returning our car rental, we finally got a taxi ride to our hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 And then we had our first taste of Chicken Lickin'! :)


The End...
....for now.