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Irish Countryside


Short doors (or tall Alice)

Belfast City Hall

Goodbye Ireland

Hello Scotland

The Isle of Fairies

Scottish countryside


Wind power!

The zoo next door

Scotch and Haggis

The Piper


Travel day mostly. Up at 6:00 and bags out in the hall, then breakfast and on the bus. We immediately headed north to Northern Ireland. We stopped a few minutes in Belfast and got to visit the city hall with some nice historical exhibits tracing back to the British invasion up through the troubles and the current state of affairs. Seemed quite any event then off to the ferry.

Ferry ride across the Irish Sea was easy and quick. Alice and I played rummy and in about two and a half hours the trip was done. Back on the bus we headed along the Scottish coast through Turnberry where we were told the tale of a cannibalistic family that lived along the shore. Then through Preswick and past Glasgow and into Edinburgh. Our hotel, the Holiday Inn, overlooks the city zoo!

After an all to brief break we got back on the bus and off to a Scottish Heritage venue. Wine, dinner, and haggis. There was the ceremony of the haggis with an actor reciting the Burns poem, then we all got to try a bit of the new stuff – oatmeal and lamb rather than the real stuff.

Then a nice show of dancing and music. Even got one of our tour up on stage to do a bit of dancing. Alice and I both had a glass of scotch to celebrate the haggis, then just watched the rest of the show. A very nice performance but not quite up to the previous evening.

Back to the room at about 10:30 exhausted. Amazing how simply riding can tire you out. In any event, we’re off again for a city tour in the morning. Another great day!

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