|23/07/2011||Dublin, Ireland||Glendalough||Mystical monastery|
|26/07/2011||Torshavn, Faeroes||Traditional villages||Glorious day!|
|29/07/2011||Stornoway, Lewis||Historic Lewis||Stark|
|31/07/2011||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Mount Stewart||Grand|
|01/08/2011||Holyhead, North Wales||Snowdon mountain railway||With Captain Rentell!|
|02/08/2011||Milford Haven, South West Wales||National Botanic Garden||Beautiful|
|04/08/2011||Dover, England||Off by 8:30|
Just to let you know that I have just got back from a super cruise to the Faeroes on the lovely Saga Ruby. I drove over to Dover via Ashford to take advantage of the free car parking on the pier. The first morning in Dublin I took the Luas tram to Heuston station and then visited the Royal Hospital and Jail at Kilmainham. The former was very impressive and now houses the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). It is younger than Chelsea Hospital but older than Greenwich. Another monumental courtyard awaited me at the Michael Collins Barracks now the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History. Both these attractions offered free admission. In the afternoon I was tour escort to the mystical monastery of Glendalough in the pretty Wicklow mountains. On the second morning in Dublin I took the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) train to Greystones via the Bray Head cormorant colony. On the way back into the city I stopped off in Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown).
Cruising past the Inner Hebrides we saw Fingal's cave on the island of Staffa. In Torshavn I was an escort on the Traditional villages tour in glorious weather and scenery. However the next day was overcast in dreary Klaksvik. I went into Kirkwall town on the Orkney islands in both the morning and afternoon to marvel at St. Magnus's majestic cathedral. In Stornoway I did the town in the morning including seeing the two fat, lazy seals begging for fish scraps in the harbour! In the afternoon I was escort on the Historic Lewis tour. The Callanish stone circle is second only to Stonehenge! The Black House at Arnol was interesting if somewhat smokey with burning peat.
Cruising past the Inner Hebrides again we saw Tobermory and the Paps of Jura but I slept through the transit of the Corryvreckan whirlpool! I went into Belfast city to photograph the new Titanic building in the morning and was then tour escort to the interesting Mount Stewart stately home and gardens. The morning trip up Snowdon on the mountain railway was spectacular until we entered cloud three quarters of the way up. I shared a compartment with Captain Philip Rentell. In the afternoon I went into Holyhead to see the Roman fort. The high point of the cruise was the tour to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales. The Norman Foster domed greenhouse was spectacular if somewhat hot!
09:00 - 09:45 Line dance class in the Ballroom. 12:00 - 12:30 Lunch in the Lido. 12:30 - 14:00 Siesta 14:15 - 15:00 Ballroom / Latin American dance class in the Ballroom.
06:30 - 07:15 Pre-dinner dancing in the Britannia Lounge. 07:15 - 09:00 Dinner in the main dining room. 09:00 - 09:30 Pre-show dancing in the Ballroom. 09:45 - 10:30 Showtime. 10:30 - 11:15 Post-show dancing in the Ballroom.