North America, Europe · 16 Days · 32 Moments · May 2017

Tom's voyage in United Kingdom

16 June 2017

After a night in Wales we visited Bath and its beautiful Roman ruins. Then we visited Stonehenge.

14 June 2017

Stopped at Blarney Castle, climbed the 123 steps to the top, and kissed the Blarney Stone to receive the gift of eloquence. Then we strolled through the beautiful gardens there. Later we traveled to Waterford to watch the crystal being manufactured.

13 June 2017

King Puck, The hero goat who saved the town from Cromwell and his marauding army. We raised a toast of Irish coffee in his honor as we drove the Ring of Kerry exploring the rugged Atlantic coast.

12 June 2017

On the way to Killarney we stopped at the Irish National Stud where great racehorses are bred. Enjoyed the Japanese garden and a scone in the cafe.

11 June 2017

Dinner in Dublin. Notice our server sneaking into the picture.
Crossing the Liffey on the Ha'penny Bridge on a windy Dublin day.
What do good Catholic-school-raised boys do on Sunday morning? They go to the Guinness brewery and learn to pour the perfect Guinness.

10 June 2017

On the Welsh island of Anglesey in a village with a name pronounced only by the Welsh.
Conwy in Wales. We walked the old city wall to the castle. All signs in English and Welsh.

9 June 2017

At the Queen Hotel in Chester Linda tries a Pimms cocktail for the first time while I take a seat on the throne.
Spent the night on Lake Windermere, sailed the length of the lake, rode a coal-powered steam train, and drove to Chester to tour the old walled city.

8 June 2017

Started the day with a boat ride on Loch Ness (didn't see Nessie) before a long bus ride through the glens and past the lochs of Scotland into the lake country of England.

7 June 2017

Today we visited Saint Andrews, the home of golf, and then we drove through the highlands to Inverness.
Our tour group.

6 June 2017

Spent the morning enduring the rainy Scottish weather at Edinburgh Castle.

5 June 2017

We went to the Scottish Dinner and Cabaret, ate haggis, the national dish of Scotland, and danced with the lovely Scottish dancers.
We crossed the border to Scotland and were met by a piper.
Stopped at the remains of part of Hadrian's wall, built in 122 AD to keep the Scottish hillbillies out of Roman Britain.
In Durham. It rained all day. Went to the cathedral where the Venerable Bede and St. Cuthbert are buried under a colorful canopy.

4 June 2017

York--Roman ruins, narrow medieval streets, a famed castle, and the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe.
Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

3 June 2017

Went to see the musical "Beautiful"
A visit to Churchill's underground war rooms.
Outside Buckingham Palace. Queen was not home.
Preparing for the Queen's birthday review.
Big Ben and Parliament.

2 June 2017

In the foods department at Harrods. We didn't buy anything. You name it and they have it for a price.
Fish and chips and beer -- how British and how touristy!
Packed like sardines in the London Underground.
We made it to London on the Eurostar after traveling through the Chunnel at 200 MPH.

1 June 2017

Stood in line for an hour to see the bones of six million Parisians six stories under the city at the Catacombs.

31 May 2017

Sitting in Newark ready to fly to Paris to begin our Trip to France and the British Isles.