Sailing On!

. . . and the travelogue continues . . .

Day 5 & 6: Dublin, Ireland. We will be in Dublin for two days giving us the luxury of time. I have booked a city tour by bike for our first day. The ship provides a shuttle into town, so I show the bus driver my directions to the bike tour’s meeting point. As we are ready to get off the bus, the driver tells us to stay on. He will drop us closer to our meeting point. Hallelujah! We get off and walk about two blocks to our rendezvous point. Eventually the leader comes to collect the six riders for this tour.

Our leader had a late night at a rock concert the night before. I’m not sure he was totally awake, but eventually the coffee kicked in as he guided us around the city on two wheels. We heard many stories and political views from this fellow. All in all, it was a great introduction to points in the city.

Scenes from the bike tour. That would be Oscar Wilde reclining on the rock, but the tour guide thinks he looks more like Hugh Grant. I tend to agree. The Famine Memorial was a somber end of our bike tour of Dublin. The sculptures are haunting.

Scenes from the bike tour. That would be Oscar Wilde reclining on the rock, but the tour guide thinks he looks more like Hugh Grant. I tend to agree.
The Famine Memorial was a somber end of our bike tour of Dublin. The sculptures are haunting.

The Guinness Storehouse was our focus for our second day in Dublin. With map in hand, we traveled the streets for about forty-five minutes, no wrong turns or backtracking needed as we recognized several locations from our tour the previous day. The Guinness story of brewing was quite interesting. There were seven floors to explore. The final floor was the Gravity Bar, a 360 degree vista of the city of Dublin to enjoy while savoring a pint of the brew. Fortunately, the crowds had not gathered during our time there. We were able to sit and enjoy all the sights.

The big picture is of Trinity College as seen from the Gravity Bar.

The big picture is of Trinity College as seen from the Gravity Bar.

Day 7: Greenock, Scotland: I found a tour that would take us into the country to visit Loch Lomond and Inverarary Castle. We were to meet just outside the gates of the port where a car would pick us up. We waited an hour for our tour. Finally, we headed back into the port and a guard offered to call the tour company. The voice on the other end of the line said the tour was cancelled due to illness on the boat. What!? The tour guide felt so bad that we had been waiting, she offered to come and take us on a mini-tour. It wasn’t the tour we expected, but we did see a bit of Scotland countryside. This day was a huge disappointment.

We drove up the Firth of Clyde to Largs, Scotland.

We drove up the Firth of Clyde to Largs, Scotland.

Day 8: Sea day. A day to rest and relax. I took several computer classes on using Windows Photo Gallery. An informative day for me.

Day 9: Killy Begs, Ireland. The day looks to be wet and gray, this does not bode well for our tour of the countryside that will take us up to Slieve League, which are some of the highest cliffs in Ireland. As we traveled up the mountainside the weather continued to deteriorate. A quick stop at a weaving mill was an interesting side bar from the journey. Once we reached the top, the wind was blowing fiercely as it flipped umbrellas inside out. After fighting the elements, we needed a stop at an in for a spot of tea to warm us up. This was the only day we encountered any rain.

They are weaving to create upholstery that will be used on furniture.

They are weaving to create upholstery that will be used on furniture.

Coastline of Donegal County in Ireland. This panoramic was a trick I learned in my class.

Coastline of Donegal County in Ireland. This panoramic was a trick I learned in my class.

Sorry this is not as clear, the weather did not cooperate on Slieve League.

Sorry this is not as clear, the weather did not cooperate on Slieve League.

There are still a few more days to travel, but I will save them for next week.

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Sailing On!

  1. Leigh Anne says:

    What a wonderful trip and how wonderful of you to share it all with us! The pictures are amazing…of course! Safe travels in the days ahead.

  2. Wonderful that you got to take a class onboard, Elsie. I love seeing every single picture. My son, family & another couple & family went to Ireland a few years ago, & had rain many days. You are lucky to have just had the one. Even then, the pictures are so pretty. Thanks again for sharing-love every bit.

  3. Joyce says:

    Thank you for such fine details and pictures. I want to know what it smelled like in the countryside. Was it green earth smell….could almost feel the mist and fog. Loved the Panoramic shots!

  4. I’m enjoying the journey and the pictures. I visited Ireland in my 20s and loved it. Your posts are giving me the urge to return for a second look. Looking forward to more pix and words from you!

  5. I have the best memory of Dublin when I went there with my husband a few years ago. The guinness storehouse was quite a visit, but the best memory I came back with is of the bus driver who commented everywhere we went. And the horse carriages. 😉

  6. I’m loving this trip! Oscar Wilde did look a bit movie starish. The views from the Gravity Bar are spectacular. And that fabric. So interesting to be in such history in one moment and then in a very modern computer class on board. Such is the amazing world we live in!

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