Northern Transatlantic Cruise

Harwich to Boston Via Ireland, Iceland, etc.
October 2013

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Cork, Ireland

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Cork, seen from the ship
as we were pulling into dock


We arrived in Cork on September 3rd. We had signed up for a tour to Kinsale, where the Blarney Stone is located. We opted to not visit the Blarney Stone because it was too crowded. Besides, we had already had excellent luck (the weather) so no need to go kiss a silly stone.

Lynda wanted to visit the Blarney store (note store, not stone) where she could spend some of our excess cash :-)

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The photo used as page header.
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Port scenery
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Tour busses waiting
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Another view
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Across the canal

After boarding one of the tour busses and a short ride later, we found ourselves in Blarney Mills. We parked ourselves in the shopping "mall" (below)

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The Blarney store

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A statue - of sort
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Lovers at Kinsale
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Gentlemen's...
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A church in Kinsale

Next we visited an old fortress named Charles Fort

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I don't know
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Remnants of the fort
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A cute way to pot flowers
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On the way back to port
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Building at the edge of town
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Back in port
It is amazing how difficult it can be to get a good photo of your cruise ship. When it is docked in port, there is always something in the way between the ship and the photographer, such as in the one at right. Nevertheless we are so anxious to get a ship's picture that we snap several shots hoping one will turn out satisfactorily.
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Now, out in the Caribbeans it is often easy to take a good photo of the ship as it is anchored away from the docks and the passengers are tendered to the shore. Of course, if one wants to have a real good picture of the ship, one can go to the photo studio and buy one there.

Ok, enough blabber! It's time to go visit Dublin!


 

Dublin, Ireland

On September 4, we arrived in Dublin. The weather was beautiful and we were prepared to have an excellent trip into the city - which is exactly what happened.

Note that the weather was perfect even though we had not kissed the Blarney Stone -- so much for good luck charms (or stones).

The main attraction (in our opinion) in Dublin is the Guinness brewery. Neither of us is really an enthusiastic beer drinker, but we didn't want to miss a chance to drink some of the world's most famous -- and the best -- beer. So, to the brewery we went!

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On the way to Guinness
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Still heading towards Guinness
We're here!

I was hoping I could find something to write about our tour to Guinness brewery but there's so little time... I'll just have to leave this space empty until someday....

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Yes. We made it!
Hooray!
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We both are drinking

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It's my beer!
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Thumbs up!

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Ok, posing time

 
 
Glendalough

After finishing our beers, we loaded up on a tour bus to our next stop - Glendalough. It is a famous tourist site of old ruins, although I'd never heard of it until it was suggested that we take a tour there. In Wikipedia, they say that "It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops.". Today, it appears like ruins of a church and its surroundings.

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Our tour guide
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Entering the main area
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Ruins of a church

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An old graveyard
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Inside the ruins
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Closer to the window
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A window or a door?

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Tombstones?
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More graves
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Graveyard

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Graveyard
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More graves
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Last photo

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On the way to the ship