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THE BRITISH ISLES

 

Leith (Edinburgh)

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Pat ventures out onto the Royal Mile.  This street connects the  Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood, summer home of the Royals.

Beautiful flowers are everywhere.  Here they decorate the entrance to a pub.

The front seat upstairs on a double decker city bus offers an interesting perspective on the layout of the streets of Leith.

Peterhead (Aberdeen)

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William Wallace, better known as Braveheart.  Doesn't look much like Mel Gibson.

This is Rob Roy.  Come to think of it, he doesn't look much like Liam Neeson either.

Drum Castle, outside of Aberdeen.

A little further down the road is Crathes Castles.  Castles abound in this part of Scotland.

After a hard day of sightseeing, the Levy's and the Maxwell's meet for a quiet repast aboard the Insignia.

Invergordon (Inverness)

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Pat and Nancy are greeted by a Scottish piper.

Here is Loch Ness, home of the legendary monster.  We didn't see him.

Urquart Castle, one of the most picturesque in Scotland.

The people in Invergordon are vey literal.

Invergordon has become a center for oil rig repair

 

Shetland Islands

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In Sumburgh we got up close and personal with some puffins.

There are a few Shetland ponies left in the islands.  Here is a handsome one.

A relic of the Viking days near Lerwick. This one is called Old Scatness Broch.

Noss Island is home to 16,000 cliff-dwelling gannets.

Gannets have a five foot wingspan.

 

Orkney Islands

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Skara Brae is a 5,000 year old archaeological site discovered 100 years ago. 

It's still cold in the Orkneys the last week in June.

The Ring of Brogar dates back to 2000 B.C.

Earl's Castle in downtown Kirkwall was built in the 16th century.

Expanded over the years, the front of this Kirkwall church dates back to the 11th century.

 

Dublin

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All signs in Dublin are in English and Gaelic.

A statue of the legendary Molly Malone sits on a busy street corner.

he Book of Kells at Trinity College is Ireland's  top attraction as this queue attests.

The River Liffey runs through the center of town.

We visited the Guinness brewery, home of Ireland's famous dark brew, and were treated to a not quite free sample.

Waterford

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Reginald's Tower, built in 1103, is in downtown Waterford.

Cistercian monks moved into Jerpoint Abbey in 1180.

The abbey at the village of Kells was inside a walled fortress.  This is older than Jerpoint.

Waterford is famous for glassware.  Here is a brilliant 18th century example.

The Suir River is Waterford's harbor.  The scenery was spectacular as we departed .

Cornwall, England

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Packy and Lew ride backward through the Cornish countryside in a London Taxi.

The souvenir shap at the end of England - Lizard Point.

The Oceania dwarfs everything in Falmouth harbor.

We passed St. Mawes on the way back to Dover at the end of the cruise.

Pendennis Castle guards the mouth of the River Fal.