S: England, Scotland and Ireland 2009
FC: England, Scotland and Ireland 2009
1: Uncle Dave was waiting for us at Steve and Lorna's home in Margate. They live a couple of hundred yards from the sea in a beautiful home with a lovely garden! It feels like home.....
2: Chef Steve cooks while new found cousins get acquainted. We saw our first flying dog.
3: Ramsgate and a visit to a dockside pub. Fish and chips for Lynne was on the agenda!
4: A visit to Canterbury with a stop in Wingham on the way back to Margate.... On to London by train and then north to Glasgow!
5: Bob met us at the train in Glasgow. We spent the next few days with Maggie and him at their wonderful townhouse.
6: Located near the botanical gardens, there are scenic pathways to walk and salmon to catch. Bob and Maggie's back garden is another delight!
7: Just a short walk to to subway and then a nice stroll past City Hall and the pigeons.....
8: A trip to the Burrell Collection while Brendan and Erica experienced St. Andrews..... We left Glasgow with great memories of new found family! On to Dublin....
9: We flew to Dublin , picked up our SUV at the airport and drove the two hours or so southwest to the village of Ballydehob. Steve and Lorna met us at our house, Ard Glas, which means Top of the Hill in Gaelic. It truly is.....
10: The view from Ard Glas is spectacular! Jeremy Irons' restored castle is in the distance and the countryside is lush, green and welcoming. The stone railway bridge is walkable.
11: Lots of pubs and brightly coloured houses in the village. The good times rolled!
12: A bit of a slide off the "road" down from Ard Glas one morning. Guinnes was NOT a factor! | Fresh Irish lobster sold to us by a French fishmonger in Schule, just down the road and cooked at home.
13: Barbary pirates visited nearby Baltimore in the 1700's and took the residents back to north Africa as slaves!
14: Our daytrips included the Ring of Kerry where Erica made new friends and we had to keep a lookout for road hazards.
15: Mizen Head is the southwestern most point in Ireland. Marconi send radio signals from here received in Newfoundland.
16: No one ventured into the waters of the beautiful beaches except Lynne, who did get her feet wet.
17: No one can adequately describe the diverse beauty of Ireland.
18: In Dublin, we stayed at Trinty College, minutes from everthing. The old mingles with the new to make this city one of our favourites.
19: The home of the Black Stuff. Several pints were consumed over our stay.
20: The Famine Memorial, very understated and poignant, brought it all home. This is where we come from. We'll be back.
21: Everywhere we went on this wonderful trip, we felt we were at home.... | Because we were.