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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Cruising The British Isles

    Dan and I enjoyed a great tour of the state rooms in Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Today we boarded the Royal Princess to begin our 12 day cruise around the British Isles. Tomorrow we arrive at our first port of call, St. Peter Port, Guernsey (Channel Islands.) Princess02 002.jpg
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    Glad you guys are "on the road again." Cheerio and enjoy!
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    I've also done the tour of "Buck House," as The Royals refer to it. A great, self-guided tour -- with very informative aides / guides standing nearby, willingly answering questions. If you have time, another nearby great place to visit is Winston Churchill's "War Rooms," which are under the Treasury Building.

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    Thanks for the comments. We missed the War Rooms this time but we did visit the War Museum on the South Bank and we made a quick stop at the British museum to see a special exhibit of Rothschild antiquities. We're in Guernsey this morning...tendering off to make a visit on our own. The photo is from dinner on board the Royal Princess Thursday evening.
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    Such dapper gentlemen. VERY happy to see you looking so healthy, Jim. Thanks for taking us along on this journey. I look forward to hearing more.
    The waves of the sea bring me back to me.

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    Princess04 004.jpg Thanks GramChop! St. Peter Port, Guernsey...and the rains came!
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    Wow. Thanks, Jim! Even in the rain this looks postcard-worthy. Hope you have your galoshes and raincoats. :)
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    Visited the "Ring of Kerry" and Killarney today...what a beautiful part of the Emerald Isle!
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    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
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    Lovely.
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    Wow....that is just stunning. This is proof that there is life away from St Barth. Shhhh.....don't tell anyone I said that.
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    Yesterday we visited Northern Wales via Liverpool. Dan describes Chirk Castle: "Our first stop was the magnificent Chirk Castle, the country home of the Middleton family. It started as a 12th century Medieval castle and modern actors in chain mail and other armor shot bows from arrows at targets in the courtyard. Inside the large castle there were many styles of decorative art and furniture, from the Medieval period, the 17th century and the more elegant 18th century right down to pre-WW I when the family still lived on site. Walking up the tall tower we saw amazing views of the surrounding countryside." More photos and descriptions are on my blog at http://hardtoport.blogspot.com
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    Enjoyed your discovering your roots and seeing pics from Wales.
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    Wow....I'm sure being "in the land of my father's family" was moving for you. I'm happy you had that experience and the memories that accompany. Your blog and Dan's photos are a most delightful read, Jim. Thanks, again, for taking us along.
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    Spectacular Irish Gardens!

    At the Powerscourt Estate outside of Dublin...what a beautiful place to visit! More photos and descriptions on the blog.

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    Well, based on these two beautiful photos, the weather couldn't have been more wonderful for your stop in Dublin! I'm off to read the blog!
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    Great pictures, thanks for sharing your trip. Love to see that the blue Irish skies are smiling..LOL

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    Great to see you guys traveling again! Your blog is very interesting as well, as great photos! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Powerscourt a few years ago......loved the village of Enniskerry, the people there were the best!
    Enjoy your travels!
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    Belfast was fascinating with its history of conflict and reconciliation. Neighborhoods are still segregated: "Unionists," and "Nationalists," and the separation wall still stands as per the wishes of the people, but peace prevails. See more photos and Dan's description on the blog at http://hardtoport.blogspot.com

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    Amen.
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    Glasgow has interesting museums and so much really great Victorian architecture.

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    Another day of soaking in the beautiful sights and culture of a land far, far away. It's nice to be Jim and Dan! The photos on Dan's blog are quite impressive.
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    We looked for Nessie at Loch Ness, but no luck. However, I did finally find a beautiful, authentic xtra-long kilt at a kilt-maker's shop in Edinburgh!

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    And you look smashing in the new kilt too. In fact, you are both looking sharp and relaxed. Keep up the good work guys.
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    Lovely scenery, guys!...the land and the lads!!
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    We sailed through the North Sea oil fields and across the English Channel for our last stop in Le Havre, France. This city was destroyed by English bombing during WWII but has been rebuilt and is today a large, functioning commercial port.


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    I have enjoyed your posts, Jim Safe trip home.
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    Great pics, we enjoyed your trip..AND...you rocked that kilt!

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    What do gentlemen wear under their kilts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JEK View Post
    What do gentlemen wear under their kilts?
    Under the kilt lies the future of the nation.
    "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy." - Dorothy Parker

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