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what a wonderful city

We took the day touring the city, we rode various city tour busses and visited the key tourist site.

Edinburgh [yes, I realize that I left off the 'h' in yesterday's msg] Castle is an impressive structure, this is really a fortress. It was never taken by siege, it is high on a hill, well built and with lots of cannons. Out timing is not great, in a few weeks they will have the world famous military "Tattoo" at the castle. They are setting up lots of things for this event.

The Holyrood Palace is a much more regal affair. This is where Mary Queen of Scots spent lots of time, and they spent a lot of time on her and the turbulence in Scotland over religion and the relationship with England.

We are feeling much better than we were last night. We slept well and were in pretty good shape. Tonight we had dinner at a wonderful restaurant [Iris] and walked around to walk it off.

We are staying in the Rutland hotel.
http://www.therutlandhotel.com/
This is right in the middle of everything. It is right between 'old' town and 'new' town. The hotel is well appointed and convenient to shops and restaurants. I would absolutely recommend it!

tomorrow we will head over to the boat and check in. Then we will visit the royal yacht Britannia [part of the package we bought].

Thanks for all the nice notes and good wishes.

Take care ... Denis

Posted by dgreening 18:47 Comments (0)

tired in Edinburgh

the plane from London arrived 4 hours late into Dulles, so we left after 1 AM. we were struggling to keep our eyes open, so I actually got some sleep on the plane!!!

We had some confusion in Heathrow, but still made the connection and got to our hotel about 5 PM. We found a nice pub (the Red Squirrel) for dinner, but I kept asking the server to repeat everything. The accent is so strong that I am missing lots of words!

After dinner we walked around some of the town. Edinburg is a cute little gem! Tomorrow we will ,do some serious touring. After the walk I took a long shower, and will probably read for a few minutes then crash!!

Good night.

Denis

Posted by dgreening 18:47 Comments (0)

Hello from Dublin

>
> What an interesting city! This is a very young city [46% of the
> population is 26 or younger]. The IT boom that hit here 15 years ago
> brought a lot of young people back to Ireland from the states and
> other places. This boom was a miracle to the Irish economy. Of course > the boom went away and they discovered that much of the money that had > come into the country had been squandered by the Govt [sound
> familiar??] and now they are struggling again.
>
> The country has such a long history of strife; this impacted all
> facets of life in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. It sounds
> like things are getting somewhat better. They don't talk about the
> warfare in N Ireland, it is referred to as "The Troubles".
>
> We toured Dublin. We had a really funny lady serving as our guide. we > visited the Cathedral, walked through the grounds of Trinity COllege. > We didn't go back to the ship, so we had lunch at a local pub. Then
> JoAnne went shopping and I went to the library at Trinity COllege.
> This library has copies of everything published in the British Isles
> [comic books, Harry Potter ...]. The jewel of the library is the Book > of Kells; an illuminated manuscript [of the 4 Gospels] prepared by
> Irish monks in 8th century. The exhibit discusses the materials and
> methods used to prepare these manuscripts. The pages are still
> beautiful after all these years. They have them under glass and turn
> only 1 page per day.
>
> The weather turned sunny and it was a pleasant day to be outside. When > we got back to the ship, people were running around in shorts and
> T-shirts. Our guide said that this sort of weather is bad for the
> economy, because everyone takes a holiday [whether it is legal or
> not!].
>
> Tonight we leave Dublin at midnight to go to Wales.
>
> Take care... Denis

Posted by dgreening 10:41 Comments (0)

rechecking distribution

Pls excuse this additional message. I found a number of invalid e-mails in my distribution and some people that had been left off the list.

We are leaving for Edinburgh Scotland tomorrow night and will be in the British Isles for about 2 weeks.

Thanks to everyone that replied already with nice notes [and one person that had the audacity to call me a "slacker" and told to get back to work (while he is in vacation in Switzerland and Germany) - the nerve!!!]

Azamara JOURNEY

28-Jul

EDINBURGH (LEITH),SCOTLAND

4:45 PM

29-Jul

INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND

10:00 AM

8:00 PM

30-Jul

KIRKWALL, SCOTLAND

8:00 AM

8:00 PM

31-Jul

ISLE OF SKYE(PORTREE)SCOTLND

8:00 AM

5:00 PM

1-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

5:00 PM

2-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

3-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

2:00 AM

3-Aug

HOLYHEAD, WALES

8:00 AM

8:00 PM

4-Aug

ISLES OF SCILLY, UK

1:00 PM

8:00 PM

5-Aug

ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISL

8:00 AM

4:00 PM

6-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

8:00 AM

7-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

8-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

1:00 PM

9-Aug

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND

6:00 AM

_______________________
Denis Greening (Travel)
Blog: dgreening.travellerspoint.com

Posted by dgreening 07:01 Comments (0)

Leaving soon

Yes it true, we are leaving town again.

We are going to the British Isles [not for the Olympics]. We will Visit Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England.

Our itinerary is below.

If you would prefer not to be on distribution, pls let me know

Thanks ... Denis

_______________________
Denis Greening (Travel)
Blog: dgreening.travellerspoint.com

Azamara JOURNEY

Reservation ID 9654083 (Group ID 5255604)

Stateroom V2-7086 Club Veranda Stateroom

28-Jul

EDINBURGH (LEITH),SCOTLAND

4:45 PM

29-Jul

INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND

10:00 AM

8:00 PM

30-Jul

KIRKWALL, SCOTLAND

8:00 AM

8:00 PM

31-Jul

ISLE OF SKYE(PORTREE)SCOTLND

8:00 AM

5:00 PM

1-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

5:00 PM

2-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

3-Aug

DUBLIN, IRELAND

2:00 AM

3-Aug

HOLYHEAD, WALES

8:00 AM

8:00 PM

4-Aug

ISLES OF SCILLY, UK

1:00 PM

8:00 PM

5-Aug

ST. PETER PORT, CHANNEL ISL

8:00 AM

4:00 PM

6-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

8:00 AM

7-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

8-Aug

PARIS (ROUEN), FRANCE

1:00 PM

9-Aug

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND

6:00 AM

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