Monthly Archives: October 2015

Wrapping up the Ireland/Scotland trip

It’s been months, but I’m keeping my thoughts and feelings from the trip. One thing is that while it’s obvious that Europe was the dominant political force in the world for many years, and Europeans have had big advantages over … Continue reading

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Da Big Apple – end of the trip

We flew here from Dublin when the trip ended. What can I say about New Yahk that hasn’t been said? It’s a collage, magnified a thousand times over. There are the street gospel singers of Queens, the traffic jam of … Continue reading

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Newcastle

Ok, we’re back in Northern Ireland! Newcastle is a delightful seaside town in the coastal area where the Mourne Mountains touch the sea. The boardwalk is fun in itself. We encountered an accordion band one day – yes, thirty accordion … Continue reading

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Edinburgh

This is one of the most European cities we’ve seen. There was a castle near our Air B&B where Mary, Queen of Scots spent time. It’s kept pretty bare bones and empty of tourist trappings, which was totally cool… it … Continue reading

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Aviemore

This workaday fishing and oil town is also ┬áthe birthplace of Lord Byron. Marie, Queen of Scots also spent time here. There is a rumor that an arm that belonged to William Morris (Braveheart) is buried in one of the … Continue reading

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Cairngorn Mountains

This is considered the wildest part of the British Isles. These mountains were once Himmalayan size, but water and wind have slashed them down to a height of 3-4,000 feet. The Scottish and British folks I hiked with seemed self … Continue reading

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Fort William

I have been quite busy, this is my first post in quite a while. Ft. William is both a work-a -day town and a tourist town in the Highlands. It has a wonderful pedestrian mall that we liked quite a … Continue reading

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