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50th Honeymoon Trip Day 7 & 8

17050432 May 19 Scottie Man At DockToday we are in Glasgow 17050435 May 19 Queens Guard Greet UsScotland. We are doing a tour to The Falkirk Wheel and to Stirling Castle. We had a young lady from the area as a tour guide and she was very good. I just love listening to their accents. When we docked we were in Greenock. It has a 90% rate of unemployment.
T17050445 May 19 Houses On The Moorhe drive to the wheel is 1 ½ hours through some beautiful countryside and along the River Clyde. We saw a large 17050555 May 19 House They Hit Mary Queen Of Scots rock in the middle of the river and a house on it near the water. This house was built to hide Mary Queen of Scots. They had heard that someone was going to kidnap the young queen so they hid her out here. Her father died when she was 6 days old and she became the Queen. We continued along, viewing homes, gardens and 17050451 May 19 Arriving At Falkirk Wheelchurches and finally arrived at the wheel. In the parking lot were two horse heads, they are called Kelpies here. They are a 17050452 May 19 Inside The Vesselsmall replica of the original Kelpies that stand 30 meters high further away. 17050454 May 19 Selfie Of UsThe Wheel lifts the boat up 24 meters to the canal. 17050456 May 19 Going UpWe go through a tunnel and turn around on the other side. All the locks are 17050458 May 19 Above The Building
manually controlled and a man is positioned at each one of 17050459 May 19 At The Top Of The Channelthem. Being a lock operator must be a boring job.

17050462 May 19 Grosse In Bloom

17050471 May 19 Village By Falkirk WheelFrom here we continue to Stirling Castle. The town is divided into lower Stirling and upper Stirling where the castle is located17050500 May 19 Barb By Steps. Only one couple got off in the lower more modern part of town. The castle is very large and a lot of the rooms mostly 17050503 May 19 Castle Entrance empty. We walked around and I really liked the wood carvings of all the faces of royalty. I am amazed at all the flowering azaleas, 17050518 May 19 Mary Queen Of Scotland Lived Herepeonies, daisies, rhododendrons and roses all in bloom. It is really pretty watching all the English Gardens as we17050517 May 19 Courtyard drive by.

17050554 May 19 Castle From Bottom Of Hill

17050557 May 19 Piping Us Out Of The HarborWe got stopped on the motorway in Glasgow because of a 4 car accident and thought we were going to be late getting back to the boat. We made it just on time. One bus came in 45 minutes late as they got caught in traffic also. A pipe band marched up and down the dock with the large Scotty dancing behind them. 17050559 May 19 Cheers Terri Mark

We popped the champagne that Terri & Mark sent us and sat out on our balcony to watch and listen. After dinner we went to the theatre and watched Uptown. Three young guys danced and sang such an upbeat performance. They were fantastic and we enjoyed the show immensely. What a great end to a wonderful day.

17050566 May 19 Sun Is Going Down
Saturday May 20
I am so grateful that today is an At Sea day. I am exhausted, we are averaging 10,000 17050569 May 20 Memosa Toast (2)steps a day and Barb’s hips are crying out for some relief. We started out with our honeymoon breakfast that Terri & Mark gave us. Wow, the purser brought so much food th17050568 May 20 Famosa Toast (1)at I asked the waiter if we were having guests join us, LOL!! We had smoked salmon plate, fresh fruit plate, pastry plate and Quiche Lorraine. Along with that we had champagne, orange juice and coffee. It was too cold to eat out on the balcony so we were set up in front of the windows and had a very enjoyable meal.
We walked up to the 16th floor Skywalker deck and around to the front, went to the Thermal room to see what it was all about. We don’t have our bathing suits so the 17050575 May 20 Over North End Of Scotlandshower is out, the sauna is too steamy for Barb, she is already having trouble breathing in the hallway. There was an aroma therapy room and a room with hot lounge chairs. A large man was laying 17050578 May 20 Lots Of Great Cliffsnaked except for the towel that covered his privates. So we decided we didn’t want to lay on a lounge with him there, we will come back another day. We asked if we could change it for a foot massage but 17050582 May 20 Cliffsshe said there are no changes. So off the front of the ship and then to lunch. We ate with a couple from Montreal Bill & Lydia, who do a lot of cruising. They were a lot of fun and very interesting that after our meal we sat and talked for a while before going back to our room. With having a balcony it makes no sense to be pushed 17050585 May 20 Supper By The Windowaround and put up with all the noise to sit and read. I worked on pictures and Terry read up on our next exit from the ship and played some solitaire. In the evening we went to the theatre to watch the Princess singers and dancers put on a Broadway Ballroom Show. It was just awesome and they did a great job even with the ship bobbing and weaving in the water. After this was over we 17050589 May 20 Balloon Drop Tonightwent and watched ballroom dancing were a lady was teaching the waltz. It was fun to watch mainly the men trying to do this. One oriental couple picked it up quickly and they were very good. From here we went to the Explorer’s Bar and were joined by another couple from California. We played trivia as a team but only got two answers right.17050594 May 20 Balloons Have Dropped

Back to the room to watch some news of the States and to bed.

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 6

Thursday May 18

17050353 May 18 Arriving In BelfastWe woke up in Belfast to another beautiful day in the sun. The breeze is cold 17050357 May 18 Barb At Tentin the shade but if you are in the sun it is wonderful. We climb on a shuttle bus and head into the city. We got on a City Bus Tour and headed out. We are interested to see the wall between the Catholics 17050414 May 18 Titanic Museumand Protestants. The bus starts out going to the Titanic Museum. The Titanic was built here and was one of their biggest and best of ships until it sank. We decided we didn’t want to walk around the museum so we stayed on the bus. We didn’t realize that this was the only stop. We traveled passed St George’s Market, Queen’s University and to the political area where 17050381 May 18 Wall Between Catholic Protestantsthe wall is. We are amazed at the size of the wall. During the war as it got worse the wall got higher and each time was made my different material. Started with cement, wood and then chain link and barb wire. The peace between the religions is still tentative today. The tour guide said they are afraid that it could start again at any time. They have amazing murals on the wall of the barrier. The gates of the 17050390 May 18 Faces On Wallwall are still closed nightly and the guide emphasized that if you were not on the correct side of the wall when they did, you may have to stay the  night until they opened in the morning.

Through the town they have murals dedicated to those who died and those who sacrificed their lives. Bobby Sands was the first17050393 May 18 Bobby Sands Mural to die during a hunger strike. We finished our tour going around the Belfast Castle and Gardens it was high up and you could see the whole of Belfast from up here. It is chilly out and we are traveling in an open topped bus, brrrr.

17050410 May 18 Inside The Fountain Bar

We got back to our start and asked one of the other tour guides directions to a pub, he said follow me! As we got off the bus it had begun to rain and by the time we got to the pub it was pouring. He took us up to the second floor and made sure we had a place to sit. By the time I turned to thank him, he had gone! We had a great meal, Terry had a brisket sub and I have a chicken wrap. An appetizer was Potato Pots and we ordered one, it was great but was just roasted potatoes with bacon. While there, it stopped raining but when we left it was pouring again. We stopped at a bakery and bought some soda bread as they said it was the most awesome thing. Since it was pouring we decided to head back to the ship. By the time the shuttle bus pulled out the rain had stopped.

Some interesting photos on our day tour of Belfast, mouse over for an explanation:

17050358 May 18 City Hall17050366 May 18 Gates Into The Ulster University17050368 May 18 Open Air Bus And Freezing

17050369 May 18 Belfast Castle17050370 May 18 Castle Gardens17050377 May 18 City Street

17050394 May 18 Twin Church Peaks17050424 May 18 Belfast Castle

We had dinner at the Island Dining room and joined 6 other people. It was a fun table with teachers and a professor of veterinary medicine. We left right after dinner though as it was almost show time. Tonight was the second time with Paul Baker but it wasn’t as good as his first show – isn’t that always the way, your expectations are higher after a good thing. We stopped into the Explorer's lounge and watched some of the Pentatonics. Soon our old age set in and we are ready to go to our room put on our pj’s

50th Honeymoon Trip Day 5

Wednesday May 17

Second day in Dublin. This day we are on our own and Barb found a park that is a hidden gem with fountains and a waterfall. Well we walked and walked 17050280 May 17 Statue Behind Entanceand then crossed through a cute park with sculptures and a water fountain. The trees were in bloom and tulips were also, daffodils have already finished. It 17050281 May 17 Fountain In Centre Of Parkmust have been beautiful here when they were in bloom as 17050283 May 17 Tulips In The Gardensthere are tons of them planted around. Finally we made it to Iveagh Gardens. Well the water is turned off and there are no flowers. This was a waste of a trip and we could of done Merrion Gardens which was right beside the shuttle drop off area. We head back to the tourist information area and get tickets for the hop on hop off bus and head to Guinness Storehouse. We have to walk about three blocks to pick up the bus and 17050293 May 17 Chalk Art On Grafton Streetpass a flower seller on the street and a girl doing chalk art on the sidewalk. Our first hop off is Guinness and off to the tour. It is very well done and covers 6 floors of displays and working vats. We watched a video on how they use to make the barrels and those men sure were in shape. We got to go to class and learn how to pour our own glass of Guinness and we both got the head just17050301 May 17 Terry Entering Guinness Tour  proud of the rim. Then upstairs to the Gravity Bar. This bar has windows for a 360 view of Dublin and was very crowded. I drank my glass and Barb’s. We were shocked when we got out and found out we had been in there for 3 hours. Then we got on the wrong bus and had to jump off at the next stop.

17050324 May 17 Barb Learns To Pour Guinness17050325 May 17 In The Gravity Bar

17050329 May 17 Another View Of Dublin17050336 May 17 Cheers Barb

Got on the right bus and headed around downtown Dublin on the 17050344 May 17 Spire Of Hopebus. We passed the new needle called the “Monument of Light” that was built to replace the sculpture of Nelson’s Pillar which was destroyed by an IRA bombing in 1966. 17050348 May 17 Oscar Wilde In Merrion Square

We got back to the shuttle area with enough time to spare to get a picture of Oscar Wilde laying on the rocks.

17050339 May 17 Killmainham Area

17050343 May 17 Narrow Cobbled Road

Now back to the boat and not long after we are leaving shore and heading to Belfast. We walked over 11,000 steps and we are both exhausted so down we went to supper. We sat with a couple from San Francisco and had a very nice meal with them. My chicken was a bit dry. We haven’t done much of the evening stuff as we are just too tired. After dinner we went up to the room and watched a movie and went to sleep early.