Sunday, September 25, 2016


In late August I traveled to Ireland with a local group. Our first stop was Dublin.

From the air Ireland reminded me of a crazy quilt all in shades of green.

A couple of days in Dublin to discover the city with a "city tour" and plenty of time on our own.
We visited Trinity College Library to see The Book of Kells. 
Photography was not allowed of "the book"exhibit.

Trinity College was established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth.

In the same building as the Book of Kells exhibit is the "The Long Room".
The Long Room houses around 200,000 of the Library's oldest books. 
Marble busts line the shelves.

The River Liffey

More touring Dublin.

Colorful pubs were everywhere.

We stopped in the National Gallery of Ireland.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Very interesting floor. 
Lots of symbols.

Wandering around town could be difficult.
Traffic coming from "the wrong' direction and street signs on buildings instead of street corners.
Locals are friendly and helpful but the best way to get around is by cab.
One time we took a bus where we were going, however, we couldn't figure out how to get back!

Street scene from motor coach.

No trip to Dublin is complete without taking the Guinness Tour.

In the Guinness advertising exhibit this was my favorite.
I don't know what it has to do with Guinness but it made me chuckle.

At the end of the tour a pint of Guinness with great 360 degree views of the city.

O'Connell's Restaurant 
This was my favorite meal.

We stayed at the Gresham Hotel.

The Sphere is just down the street from the Gresham Hotel.
It is also known as the Monument of Light.

From Dublin we journeyed on to Kilkenny and Waterford.
I hope you will join me.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Into the Wild - Canadian Fishing Trip 2016

To escape the hot Arkansas weather for a few days we decided to drive to Vermilion Bay, Ontario. My husband wanted to do a little fishing and I definitely needed a change of scenery.

We took a float plane to Big Canon Lake Lodge for the "4 day plan".

Checking out Wilderness Air the day before our flight.

Rapids on the Wabigoon River.
We drove around the Vermilion Bay area.

Northstar Lodge is operated by the same family as Big Canon Lake Lodge.
It is accessible by road.

The dock at Northstar.

Our early morning flight to Big Canon.
We were the only passengers so Jim rode up front with the pilot.

No flight attendants but I did review the safety information. 

Scenic flight and off for some fishing.
(Actually I don't fish. I did go along a couple of days.)

The big bass.
Spent the day fishing the river just over the hill from the lake.

We saw several eagles.
There is an eagle nest in the center of this photo.


Our guide, Jeff, preparing a "bank lunch".
Fried potatoes, baked beans and fresh caught fish.

It doesn't get any fresher than this.

Another fun catch.
Northern Pike

Big Canon Lake Lodge

My favorite lure.
Unfortunately it is currently at the bottom of the lake. 

Fishing the banks of Big Canon Lake

Flight out of "the wilderness"
Yep, Jim is up front again.

Nice views from the plane.

Arriving at Wilderness Air 

Big Canon Lake Lodge - Into the Wilderness.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

End of Danube River Cruise - Budapest, Hungary

Leaving Bratislava we spent an afternoon cruising the scenic Danube Bend. The wooded hills, villages with magnificent church domes and peaceful farms dominate this part of northern Hungary.

During our journey on the Danube we passed through several locks.
This was taken from our ship's sun deck.

One of the villages along our route.

After another wonderful afternoon of breathtaking scenery and time to relax a bit from the sometimes strenuous sightseeing, night fell and we sailed into Budapest.

Sailing into Budapest at night is a truly spectacular experience.

The magnificent buildings and bridges appear to be covered in gold leaf.

The Chain Bridge between Buda and Pest
opened in 1849 following the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.

Liberty Bridge
Built in 1896 for the Millennium World Exhibition

Inside the Matthias Church

Matthias Church
near the Fisherman's Bastion
Buda's Castle District

Originally built in the Romanesque style in 1015 with no remains.  The current building was built in the Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century. It underwent extensive restoration in the late 19th century.

Fisherman's Bastion  behind the statue St. Stephen 

Hungarian Parliament Building

We  visited a horse farm near Budapest.
At the Lazar Equestrian Park we sampled Hungarian fruit brandy and watched the skilled riders and horses perform.

A couple of parting shots from the ship.
Our cruise ended the next day.

I would definitely recommend a Viking River Cruise.
The accommodations were comfortable.
The food was very good.
The guides were top of the line.
The service was outstanding.

I hope you will join me for future adventures.