Thursday, August 28, 2014

Out of Flam

We sailed out of Flam in early evening through a 100 mile long Fjord.  Pictures say it all.  Back on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flam

We are at Sea fpr two days now before board a flight to arrive back in ABQ Saturday night..

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alesund, Norway

Alesund is a pretty city.  It is clean and planned following a fire that destroyed in in 1904.  It was rebuilt in modern architectural styles of that era.  

We have had incredible luck with weather having sunshine everyday and very little rain.  

Great weather again today after a shower just prior to our going off for a three hour walk in the city.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bergen



We sailed into Norway today.  Certainly it is a rugged, but beautiful landscape.

The fish market has some really ugly fish hanging up.

We heard this was an expensive place.  It is.  I got out 600 Kroner from an ATM.  That was over $100,  We went to coffee and one cup plus a really good cinnamon roll cost $14.

Sweaters cost 300.   Lunch on a BLT for $20.  We ate on the ship.  On to Alesund, Norway tomorrow.


But is was a nice visit where we were joined by Rotterdam’s sister ship, the Ryndam.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands are a New Mexico Cowboy’s dream.  Nothing but knee high grazing lands, heathers and agriculture.

We visited the Ring of Brodgar, which the History Channel would call a UFO landing site.  But really no one knows exactly why these structures were built.

Skara Brae is a ruin that was inhabited 5000 years ago.  It was uncovered in a fierce storm.


All around a beautiful place on a blustery day.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Isle of Sky

The Isle of Sky is beautiful.  

Especially on a somewhat sunny day.

We visited Dunvegan Castle, home of the Macleod clan for 800 years.


Everything here looks like a landscape painting.  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Edinburgh

We left the ship for a trip across Scotland to Edinburgh.  The City is in the midst of its annual festival and has doubled in population for this big party.

The rain came through for five minutes at a time as we walked the streets.

The Castle was interesting.  A real engineering marvel made possible by backbreaking work of the people.


Another pub lunch.  I would show more pics but they won't publish for some reason.  We have a day at sea tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Belfast

Another great day of weather in Northern Ireland.  Our Taxi driver said it had rained badly all summer except for the last two days. 

We spent the morning touring the Titanic Museum.  It is first rate and Bobbi and me were really happy we went to it.  We have always like the story.  I read my first book on Titanic in high school.

This is a photo of Bobbi and on the site of the original construction site of the ship.  In the background across the quay is our MS Rotterdam.

We messed around in Belfast City Centre and of course ended up at the historic Crown Bar. 

 It sits across the street from the Europa Hotel, which was bombed over thirty times by the Irish Republican Army.

We had a great meal of fish and chips made with wild Atlantic Cod.   Yummy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dublin

We spent a long day in Dublin.  




We visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Another dark place made seeable by a fast lens.

We visited some castles and Landscapes along Dublin Bay.

We partook of Irish Coffee in a pub.


It was actually a very beautiful day.  Wish the internet on the ship was decent.  So can't load many photos.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Killkenney

We spent the day touring in Kilkenny, Ireland.  We visited the Kilkenny Castle.


We visited a foreboding medieval church known as  Saint Canice. 

All the gravestones are leaning and the older they are the less you can read about the departed.  Soon they will fall over and the lettering will completely erode, as if the deceased never existed.





It really is green here.
Lots of pubs!