Thursday, October 18, 2007
After planning for so long-tomorrow we leave for Ireland. Our daughter Shannon is graduating from NUI in Galway with her MA in Social Work and the whole family (or almost everyone) is going to be there to help her celebrate. Our daughter Melissa is flying in from Seattle to join us on our flight, Shannon, her mother Kathy, our granddaughter Madison, our sister Charlotte, our brother Mike and his wife Lori, Garry and myself will spend 4 days together exploring the sights in around Galway before the graduation on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the 24th, everone will part some going home to St. Charles, MO and others on to explore other parts of Europe. Garry, Melissa and I will be travelling on to Dublin and then to London for a few days before Melissa returns to Seattle on the 29th.
Thursday, October 25
We made it to London safe and sound, even though a few hoours later then planned. Checked into our B&B, the Arran House Hotel.It is great, the building is over 3 hundred years old, and everything looks very British!! Our host Caroline couldn't be nicer. Went to Blackfriars pub for dinner that evening-one of the oldest pubs in the city.
Friday, October 26
Today was Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. Such a view from the Eye-breathtaking. Watched jugglers and other street performers on the riverfront, so much fun. That evening we took a walking tour titled Ghostly haunts of London trekking through all kinds of small alleyways and the such. Sort of spooky and lots of laughs.
Saturday, October 27
Today we went to the British museum where we saw the Rosetta Stone and frieze from the Parthenon and so much more. Then it was off to the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, a boat ride down the Thames and a burger at the neighborhood pub around the corner from us. Now I am doing wash and am so tired that this will probably not make any sense at all...Write more in a few days and hopefully get some pictures downloaded. Anything new on the other side of the pond?
Garry and I have made it to Brugges, spent last night in a beautiful hotel in Brussells; Quite different from the one we stayed in London. We saw the Mannekin Pis, a statue of a little boy peeing that is abig deal over here... For the next 2 days we are staying in the most beautiful home I have ever been in, built in the 1600 s, on a canal overlooking the water. Melissa should be over the Atlantic by now on her way home to Seattle. What a nightmare that was!!! trying to make connections from Gatwick airport in London.But that is way... too long a story and will have to wait until we get home. Off to dinner now, will tryto download some pictures soon as today I got them put ontoa CD. Bye..
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We are finally somewhere we can use a computer..it has been so busy and hectic that we just haven't been able to fit it in. So we will give you all a quick update. Presently we are sitting in the airport in Dublin, delayed and waiting to depart for London. Since last entry, we have seen the city of Galway, including the Ireland Aquarium & the Promenade area or "The Prom". Travelled to The Cliffs of Moher--very famous and probabally what you picture when you think of the Ireland Coast. The journey was an adventure in itself! The following day we took a ferry to the Aran Islands and clmbed to the top of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic. Waves were so loud we at first mistook the crashing for thunder. Our weather had finally cleared up at this point so we had beautiful blue skies to see the rest of the island under. Of course, we found some shopping and picked up a famous Aran Island hand-woven sweater for each of us. Had a late supper at Galway City Square, then Mom and I headed down to King's Head Pub--the oldest pub in Galway, started circa 1642. Next day was a little morning shopping and then Shannon's Graduation Ceremony. It was in both English and Gaelic. Following we had a Medievil Banquet at Bunratty Castle complete with traditional cuisine and Irish dancing. I was then deposited at Morgan's Pub where I joined Shannon and friends for thier graduation party. They were all very friendly and we had no sleep, but a great time! Caught a flight in the morning to Dublin where we saw the Book of Kells at Trinity College. Then walked several blocks (some more than once) trying to find the Guinness Storehouse. The tour was great, no to mention the free pint which we enjoyed on the 7th floor overlooking the city. Mom hailed our first taxi ever, and with a congratulations from the taxi driver we were dropped off again...you guessed it...at the shopping area! Had another traditional dinner at the closet pub then headed to bed early. And now, we are sitting in the Dublin airport as the mechanics reattatch the wheel of our plane.