UK and Ireland

Trip to the UK and Ireland with my parents

Date: 2014-09-29

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London - Wesminster Abbey (+7 more)

London - Big Ben (+4 more)

London - We happened to catch 'The Tour of Britan' bike race.

London - Parliament square - Westminster palace (+4 more)

London - Parliament Square - The shard looking ominous

London - Horse Guards (+4 more)

London - The Royal Society (+4 more)

London - Piccadilly (+6 more)

London - St Paul's Cathedral (+1 more)

London - Tower bridge

London - Shard and city hall from tower bridge (+5 more)

London - Eye and aquarium (+2 more)

London - Gene getting a photo with the telephone booth and Big Ben (+1 more)

London - The grey building is 10 Downing street (+2 more)

London - Women of WWII memorial (+1 more)

London - Horse Guards - Changing of the guard (+6 more)

London - Buckingham Palace (+6 more)

London - Trafalgar Square - Nelson monument (+6 more)

London - National Gallery - van Gogh, Sunflowers (+7 more)

London - Trafalgar square - Fountain (+7 more)

London - Georgian houses (+2 more)

London - British Museum (+2 more)

London - British Museum - Rosetta Stone (+6 more)

London - British Museum - Nereid monument (+6 more)

London - British Museum - Clock Exhibit - Carilon clock (+2 more)

London - British Museum - Clock Exhibit - Rolling marble clock (+2 more)

London - British Museum - Medicine exhibit - All the pills taken by one person (+1 more)

London - British Library - Newton statue (+5 more)

London - British Library (+7 more)

Stonehenge - Looking SW from the entrance. Stone on ground is the slaghter stone. This view is along the line of midsummer sunrise. (+7 more)

Stonehenge - Burial mounds (+5 more)

Stonehenge - Bill and Chad (+2 more)

Stonehenge - Thatch and mud huts like those the neolithic people would have used. (+6 more)

Bath - Abbey - Facade (+5 more)

Bath - Roman baths - Central pool (+6 more)

Bath - Roman baths - Curses: Ask the gods to punish people who harmed you. (+2 more)

Bath - Roman baths - Coins offered to the gods through time (+4 more)

Bath - Shopping district - Oldest house in Bath (1482) (+5 more)

Bath - Abbey - Interior (+5 more)

Bath - Royal Crecent - Luxury condos in the Georgian era (+3 more)

Cardiff - Millennium center (+4 more)

Cardiff - Castle - 12th century Norman keep (+4 more)

Cardiff - Castle - Georgian renovation - Parlor and game room. Elaborate decorations with a time theme. (+4 more)

Cardiff - Castle - Georgian renovation - Children's room. The invisible Prince is between the trees. (+4 more)

Cardiff - Castle - Georgian renovation - Elaborate mosaic in the roof garden. (+4 more)

Cardiff - Castle - Georgian renovation

Cardiff - Castle - Clock tower

Cardiff - Animal Wall (+6 more)

Pembroke - Castle (+1 more)

Waterford - Reginold's tower (+5 more)

Waterford - Black Friars Abbey abandoned after King Henry VIII dissolved the monastaries (+2 more)

Waterford - Christ Church Cathedral - Looks more like a mansion than a cathedral (+9 more)

Waterford - Crystal factory (+6 more)

Waterford - Crystal factory - Cutting a large sphere (+19 more)

Youghal - White whale in harbor. Moby Dick (1954) was filmed here. (+7 more)

Blarney Castle (+9 more)

Blarney Castle - To kiss the Blarney stone Bill had to be lowered below the tower floor. (+5 more)

Blarney Castle - The castle grounds have been turned into a nice garden (+9 more)

Kerry - Molly Gallivan's Farm (+7 more)

Kerry - Molly Gallivan's Farm - We sampled poteen, a distilled barley alcohol that is fermented before and after the first distillation. (+6 more)

Kerry - Killorglin - King Puck statue to the goat that got spooked by Cromwell's invaders and warned the town. (+3 more)

Kerry - Red Fox Inn - Drinking stop. Their specialty is an irish coffee which is coffee, whisky, cream and sugar (+4 more)

Kerry - Uncleared rocky ground (+6 more)

Kerry - More stone fencing (+3 more)

Kerry - Scenic overlook (+7 more)

Kerry - Beara peninsula cruise (+11 more)

Rock of Cachel - St. Patrick's cross (with hollow base for hiding valuables) (+5 more)

Rock of Cachel (+8 more)

Rock of Cachel - Round tower - 12th century. The entrance is 12' above ground level for stability. (+4 more)

Dublin - Guinness Brewery tour - Very crowded top floor viewing area (+11 more)

Dublin - Harp bridge (+2 more)

Dublin - Custom house (+7 more)

Dublin - Octoberfest (+4 more)

Dublin - Ivy on Georgian houses (+5 more)

Dublin - Phoenix park - Wellington Monument (+6 more)

Dublin - Trinity Library (+6 more)

Dublin - Molly Malone statue (+3 more)

Dublin - Kilmainham Gaol (+4 more)

Dublin - Kilmainham Gaol - When the prison was built it was a model because the prisoners had seperate rooms. (+5 more)

Dublin - Kilmainham Gaol - Victorian or East wing (+3 more)

Dublin - St Paul's church (+7 more)

Dublin - Temple bar (+8 more)

Dublin - O'Connell monument and spire (+10 more)

Dublin - Famine memorial (+1 more)

Dublin - Little Dublin Museum - The second room of the tour. The guide talked about how the world sees Ireland. He mentioned 'The Quite Man' that we had watched. (+5 more)

Dublin - St Stephen's Green - Geocache located (+3 more)

Dublin - Iveagh gardens - Sundial (+2 more)

Dublin - Gene and Kathy at the musical pub crawl (+5 more)

Wales - Llanfair- pwllgwyngyllgogery- chwyrndrobwll- llantysiliogogogoch. Longest town name. I particularilly like the four L's and four GO's (+4 more)

Wales - It looks like a model, but that is a real house on an island on the Menai Strait. (+1 more)

Wales (+10 more)

Chester - Red sandstone cathedral (+5 more)

Chester - In the town center all the half-timbered buildings are shops. (+5 more)

Chester - Eastgate clock (+6 more)

Liverpool - The Royal Liver Building. Luxury appartments. (+13 more)

Liverpool - Albert dock - Old dock buildings (+5 more)

Liverpool - Liverpool Cathedral - Massive and relatively new. Made of the local red sandstone. (+3 more)

Liverpool - Liverpool Cathedral - Stained glass near the entrance (+8 more)

Liverpool - Cavern Club - The place had been shut and the basement filled with concret. They excavated it to have this. (+3 more)

Liverpool - Cavern Area - Gene and Kathy with John Lennon (+6 more)

Liverpool - Catholic cathedral (+4 more)

England - More stone fences (+6 more)

Windermere - Lake cruise - Cormorants kill the trees they nest in with their acidic droppings. (+6 more)

Windermere - Lake cruise - The clouds in the mountains looked cool (+7 more)

Grasmere - Wordsworth cemetary and gingerbread hosue (+5 more)

England - Thick fern cover on the right hill (+7 more)

Gretna Green - Right on the Scotland/England border (+4 more)

Scotland - Purple and white flowers or grasses. (+6 more)

Edinburgh (+7 more)

Edinburgh - Scotland rejected independence two days before we arrived. (+2 more)

Edinburgh - Sherlock Holms statue near Arthur Conan Doyle's birthplace. (+6 more)

Edinburgh - The Carlton hotel (+5 more)

Edinburgh - Castle Esplanade. This is where the Scotish Tattoo is held. (+6 more)

Edinburgh - Castle - Scottish National War Memorial (+7 more)

Edinburgh - Castle - Scott Monument (+2 more)

Edinburgh - Castle - Mons Meg (1450) fired 330 lb stones but broke in 1680 (+3 more)

Edinburgh - Castle - View SE (+3 more)

Edinburgh - The Royal Mile - Top of the royal mile, a street that runs from the castle to Holyrood park. Mostly shops. The spire is the Tron Kirk. (+9 more)

Edinburgh - The Royal Mile - Giles' Cathedral front (+4 more)

Edinburgh - Royal Yach Britannia - On the far left is the satellite communication antenna. (+4 more)

Edinburgh - Royal Yach Britannia - Foredeck with ships bell and ornate compass (+8 more)

Edinburgh - Royal Yach Britannia - Gifts to teh queen including a whale rib and narwhal tusk (+3 more)

Edinburgh - Royal Yach Britannia - Chad with officer's cap (+5 more)

Edinburgh - Scott Monument - Bank of Scotland (+9 more)

Edinburgh - Scott Monument - Bill demonstraiting the narrow doorway to the stairs. (+4 more)

Edinburgh - National Museum - Main hall (+3 more)

Edinburgh - National Museum - Millennium clock (+7 more)

Edinburgh - National Museum - Dolly the first cloned mammal (+1 more)

Edinburgh - Amber - Whiskey selection (+3 more)

Edinburgh - Grassmarket sqaure (+3 more)

Alnwick - Castle - Hunting a geocache took us to this bridge. (+6 more)

Alnwick - Castle - Good view of the castle from the bridge. (+4 more)

Newcastle - Hadrian's wall - Chad at the wall (+7 more)

Newcastle - Angle of the North (+4 more)

Richmond - Wall walk (+7 more)

York - Merchants house. Now a museum and event center. (+8 more)

York - Shambles (+6 more)

York - Minster - Started in 1230 and finished in 1472, it is the 'second largest gothic cathedral in northern Europe' (+9 more)

York - Walking along the walls (+2 more)

York - Minster - Ceiling (+5 more)

England - Rest stop - Four step recycling (+8 more)

Stratford-Upon-Avon - Anne Hathaway's Cottage - Shakespear's wife lived here before they were married. (+6 more)

Stratford-Upon-Avon - Shakespear home - First folio (+14 more)

Warwick Castle (+4 more)

Warwick Castle - The waterwheel that provided power (+3 more)

Warwick Castle - Bird show - Vulture (+10 more)

Warwick Castle - Restored Victorian appartments (+1 more)

Warwick Castle - Restored Victorian appartments - Naval Arquebus (+6 more)

Warwick Castle - Trebuchet - This is the largest in the world (+6 more)

England - Rolling farmland (+7 more)

Bladon - Churchill's grave. The grave is in the tiny town of Bladon. (+7 more)

Oxford University - Sheldonian Theatre (1670) (+4 more)

Oxford University - Bodleian library interior. This is a deposit library with about 1 million books. (+3 more)

Oxford University - Radcliffe Camera (1750). Library reading room. (+3 more)

Oxford University - Brasnose college (+6 more)

Oxford - High street (+3 more)

Oxford - Ashmolean museum - Ink drawing on glass based on CT scans of the mummy (+6 more)

London - Eye - The Shard (+8 more)

London - Eye - Bill (+9 more)

London - Eye - Looking SW toward Westminster (+10 more)

London - Walking along the Thames we passed a skate park (+4 more)

London - Tate Modern. The building is a converted power station (+3 more)

London - Tate Modern - Thomas Hirschhorn, Candelabra with Heads (+24 more)

London - Globe Theatre (+3 more)

London - St Paul's Cathedral (+3 more)

London - Kings Cross Station - They have added a hand cart with owl so that you can take your picture on the way to Hogwarts. (+2 more)

London - Greenwich - Chad with Nelson's ship in a bottle (+3 more)

London - Greenwich - Official clock and length standards (mid 1800s) (+4 more)

London - Greenwich - Current prime meridian (+3 more)

London - Greenwich - Chad at the prime meridian monument (+3 more)

London - Greenwich - Camera Obscura of the 'Queens house' across the park. (+3 more)

London - Greenwich - Airy's transit telescope for measuring the exact times stars cross the prime meridian (+5 more)

London - Greenwich - We walked over to the GPS meridian (+1 more)

London - Greenwich - Observatory (+3 more)

London - Thames cruise - Interesting condos and the Gherkin building (+8 more)

London - Thames cruise - Tower bridge (+4 more)

London - Tower of London - Poppies spilling into the moat near the main entrance gate (+5 more)

London - Tower of London - Main entrance gates (+6 more)

London - Victoria and Albert - Victorian dining room chandeliers (+4 more)

London - Natural History Museum (+3 more)

London - Natural History Museum - Main hall (+4 more)

London - Albert Memorial - The queen didn't want a memorial scholarship, she wanted a memorial 'in the common sense of the word' (+5 more)

London - Hyde park - Boats on the Serpentine (+4 more)

London - Harrods (+4 more)

London - The Cumberland from Hyde park (+4 more)

London - Marble Arch right outside our hotel in London (+1 more)

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