Finish the tour and have a lovely lunch in Galway…

Such a coincidence I sat next to an adorable young woman on my flight to Dublin.  She told me she lived in Galway and that she had spent the summer in Canada.  She was a nursing student and was in her third year.  Natasha.  She was full of life and energy and seemed happy to …

Dublin Castle… Not what you think it is…

Dublin Castle So here I am, lovers of castles and old things and much to my surprise, Dublin Castle is not the “old castle” that I just assumed.  We Americans just assume the word castle means old as dirt and tons of battles must have had here and dungeons, blood, guts and wenching.  Possibly royalty …

The Book of Kells was on Iona? Trinity College and the Book of Kells…

Ahh, the Book of Kells The Book of Kells.  It must be a book written by a monk order of the Kells?  Monks, yes, Kells, no.  My tour guide Brian was highly knowledgeable about this question and many other questions and he provided some great information.  The internet is amazing when looking stuff up and …

Making my way to Dublin…

Ireland Ireland envokes the visions of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. I can answer one of these thus far, it is an Emerald Isle. So green it was while flying over the isle, beautiful water in the Irish Sea as we approached Dublin Airport. The weather was perfect and for me, …

The battle of Falkirk…

Falkirk On a quiet Sunday morning, we drove to Falkirk.  Sunday was a day for places I wanted to go and for places, Paula wanted to go.  It was a great thing when traveling with someone on the same page as you, compromise comes easy.  Falkirk is one of the many, many places I wanted …

The beautiful Doune Castle… where have I seen this before?

Our journey from Lochleven to Doune Castle We journeyed over the really incredible Queensferry Crossing What a sight to see and it was still so new at the time.  We drove over this bridge a lot during our trip. Doune Castle If I were to just ask my friends or family, not many would know about …

Taking the boat the Lochleven Castle

  Lochleven Castle   This is the castle that held Mary, Queen of Scots prisoner and where there was a “jailbreak” and she escaped under the cover of night.  Read here to learn about Mary and her prison.  With all the ancestry research that I do, both Mary and her jailer William Douglas of Lochleven, so …

Starting the journey to Machu Picchu

What can I do in a week? As I sit here in Ollantaytambo Inca Rail train station waiting room  whew that was a mouthful, I am caressed by a gentle breeze, traditional music in the background and a cup of hot coca leaf tea, which tastes like any other herbal tea fyi, I reflect on …

A Palace, a Castle in a rock and sunny day

The old and the new Holyrood.  A working palace, a palace of old and new, well mostly old but the current (new) monarchy use this Palace when in Scotland.  It is truly a beautiful Palace.  The history, like all the castles and palaces in Scotland, are simply incredible to me, either ruin or ones that …