135 Photos - Oct 17, 2014
Photo: Giant's CausewayPhoto: Boats at Carnlough HarbourPhoto: Boats at Carnlough HarbourPhoto: Learn to fish

Sunday morning with GranddadPhoto: Photo: The road goes ever on and onPhoto: Crossing the rope bridge at Carrick-a-RedePhoto: Grassy HillsidePhoto: Clear Waters of Carrick-a-Rede

Tropical colours, but definitely not tropical temperatures!I had fully expected the water off Ireland to be grey and murky. This was a very pleasant surprise.Photo: I wouldn't drink that, if I were you

Tidal pool at Giant's CausewayPhoto: The Giant's BootPhoto: Basalt ColumnsPhoto: Photo: My commute for three days

We had fantastic weather in Dublin, and it was very easy to get out of bed in the morningPhoto: This was such a beautiful morning. I almost didn't bother bringing my camera, as it was a work day. Goes to show you should always be prepared.Photo: Clear Morning, Dublin

This was such a beautiful morning. I almost didn't bother bringing my camera, as it was a work day. Goes to show you should always be prepared.Photo: Grand CanalPhoto: Bridge at sunrisePhoto: Gravedigger Ghost Tour

An evening bus tour exploring some of the darker history of Dublin. It was fun, but a little heavy on the comedy for me.Photo: Inside Gravediggers PubPhoto: Samuel Beckett TheatrePhoto: Books in the Old Library at TrinityPhoto: Staircase of knowledge

Proper words in proper places make the true definition of style.

Jonathan SwiftPhoto: Old Library

WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

W B YeatsPhoto: Vaulted Ceiling of the Old Library at TrinityPhoto: Tree in TrinityPhoto: Dublin DoorsPhoto: Start your party!

Chip shop across from our hotelPhoto: Evening on Rue LafayetteThe view from our room at Hotel Albert 1er on our first night in ParisPhoto: Obelisk of Luxor and Eiffel Tower at SunsetPhoto: Le Grand RexPhoto: Brasserie

Restaurants like this are everywhere in Paris. Finding good food is not hard -- choosing it is the difficultyPhoto: Typical Street Corner in Paris

Rows and rows of narrow windows.Photo: Palais Garnier

Passing bells and sculpted angels
Cold and monumental
Seem for you the wrong companions
You were warm and gentle

The Phantom of the OperaPhoto: Ballet Shoes at Palais Garnier

"When you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' th' sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that."

The Winter's TalePhoto: Masquerade

Paper faces on parade. . .
Masquerade!
Hide your face,
so the world will
never find you!

Phantom of the OperaPhoto: Galleries LafayettePhoto: Galleries LafayettePhoto: Vintage Guerlain Perfume BottlesPhoto: Glass Pyramid of the LouvrePhoto: Mercury by Giambologna

He quickly fastened to his feet the lovely imperishable golden sandals that carry him swift as the flowing wind over the ocean waves and the boundless earth.

The OdysseyPhoto: Ceiling in the LouvrePhoto: I'm guessing this was a Louis (don't ask which one)Photo: The Louvre, as seen from the LouvrePhoto: Mercure monté sur Pegase

Statue by Charles Antoine Coisevox
Place de la Concorde - Jardins des Tuileries, Paris, FrancPhoto: Look on my works, ye mighty

Obelisk of Luxor at Place del la ConcordePhoto: It was inevitablePhoto: Is the train coming?

By the end of our first day out in Paris, we were vaguely lost and desperately hungry. Fortunately, the Metro runs late into the night, and is very easy to navigate.Photo: Gloria in excelsis Deo

The Organ of Notre DamePhoto: Notre DamePhoto: The Choir of Notre DamePhoto: Enjoying the SeinePhoto: Mater Misericordiæ

Statue of the Virgin Mary in the lower chapel of Sainte ChapellePhoto: Enter the Moulin RougePhoto: L'Arc de Triomphe

It's difficult to capture the scale of this monument. The roundabout of Place de Charles de Gaulle is so wide that the arch seems somewhat dwarfed.Photo: A modern use

Mobile internet is useless in London. The buildings prevent it from being reliable, and it plain doesn't exist in the Underground. Little WiFi spots like these are quite useful -- or would be, if a million other people weren't trying to log on.Photo: Old narrow buildings

They'll never go out of fashion in LondonPhoto: HorseguardsPhoto: A squirrel in St James ParkPhoto: Canada GatePhoto: Wellington ArchPhoto: Globe Theatre

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no morePhoto: The Globe TheatrePhoto: Old and New

Southwark Cathedral and ShardPhoto: Tower BridgePhoto: Poppy Memorial at the Tower of London

"Back"

They ask me where I've been,
And what I've done and seen.
But what can I reply
Who know it wasn't I,
But someone just like me,
Who went across the sea
And with my head and hands
Killed men in foreign lands...
Though I must bear the blame,
Because he bore my name.

Wilfred GibsonPhoto: Churchill War Rooms

When the war ended, the government simply put their things in their drawers, turned off the lights and left. When the bunker was re-opened, everything was where it had been left, almost as if they had known it would make a fascinating museumPhoto: Windsor CastlePhoto: The Royal ObservatoryPhoto: Entry to the British MuseumPhoto: Union JackPhoto: Chandelier at Woodlands ParkPhoto: The Bride's TrainPhoto: Woodlands Park HotelPhoto: Woodlands Park

A great wedding venue!Photo: Enter Hampton Court

I learned to look up as I passed through every doorway in Europe.Photo: Courtyard in Hampton CourtPhoto: Hampton Court from its gardensPhoto: Henry VIII's Great Hall

Pastime with good companyI love and shall unto I die;
Grudge who list, but none deny,
So God be pleased thus live will I.
For my pastance
Hunt, song, and dance.
My heart is set:
All goodly sport
For my comfort,
Who shall me let? 

Henry VIIIPhoto: The Heel Stone (Stonehenge)Photo: Stonehenge

A circle of chalk, a ring of stone,
and a house of arches
to call the far gods home.

Bernard CornwellPhoto: Steam rising off the Roman BathsPhoto: Road to NowherePortal of the Last JudgementPhoto: Portal of the Last JudgementPhoto: King's Chair

Receiving room of William of Orange, Hampton CourtPhoto: Lichen on rocks, Giant's CausewayPhoto: View from our room on Rue la Fayette, ParisPhoto: Lion at the foot of Nelson's Column, Trafalgar SquarePhoto: Return by boat

If you can't face the return trip across the rope bridge, they can take you back from Carrick-a-Rede by boat. As far as I could tell, that's it in the bottom corner. Personally, I'd take my chances with the bridge.Photo: Laying on Hands

Louis XIII revived the tradition of laying on hands to cure the people of scrofula. Le Grande Gallerie now houses the Italian Rennaissance paintings.Photo: In her as Mother, Wife and Queen

Victoria Memorial, in front of Buckingham PalacePhoto: Gate to Glasnevin CemeteryPhoto: Metro Map

A tourist figuring out his next movePhoto: The Roman BathsPhoto: Ruined shack

Giant's CausewayPhoto: Roman Caldarium

Remains of a Roman bath house in the Archaealogical Crypt at Notre Dame Cathedral.Photo: Pediment of Aquae SulisPhoto: Boland's Mill

Derelict building in the Grand Canal. Some of us are wondering how we can get inside and explore.Photo: Palais Garnier Opera House

"When a woman has seen me, as you have, she belongs to me"Photo: Photo: The coast of BallintoyPhoto: Reflections

Window of the Palais GarnierPhoto: Woodlands Park and GroundsPhoto: Boland's Mill

Street side view of the derelict millPhoto: Statue in Notre DamePhoto: Sulis Minerva

Gilt bronzePhoto: Campanile

Apparently, it means "bell tower". Parliament Square, Trinity CollegePhoto: Chapel in Notre DamePhoto: The grounds of Woodlands ParkPhoto: Narrow RavinePhoto: Ceiling of the upper chapel of Sainte ChapelePhoto: Doorway in Hampton CourtPhoto: Old Library, Trinity CollegePhoto: Rooftop GraffitiPhoto: Gorgon's Head

But aren't Gorgons supposed to be female? Maybe it's Neptune.Photo: Carrick-a-RedePhoto: Here we are now: Entertain us!

The queue for the show at the Moulin RougePhoto: Chiefs of Staff Conference Room - Churchill's War RoomsPhoto: In the shadow of giantsPhoto: Je me souviens

The Arc de Triomphe is no longer a commemoration of military victory, but a memorial to the sacrifices made by French soldiers and freedom fighters in armed conflict.Photo: Photo: Doorway in Trinity College

Everything P likes in one place: an interesting doorway, cobblestones, at a historic university.Photo: Steel and LacePhoto: Corner Tower of Windsor Castle

We got here very late in the day. I'm sad that I couldn't make it inside. P went back the next day, and the weather was nicer.Photo: Cliffs of BalintoyPhoto: Winged Victory of SamothracePhoto: Traitors Gate

O Death, rock me asleep,
Bring me to quiet rest,
Let pass my weary guiltless ghost
Out of my careful breast.

Anne BoleynPhoto: Spira, spera.
Chapel in Notre Dame de ParisPhoto: Hampton CourtPhoto: Hampton CourtPhoto: Hampton CourtPhoto: Beer barrels in Henry VIII's cellar, Hampton CourtPhoto: Queen Caroline's state bed, Hampton CourtPhoto: Corridor statues, Hampton CourtPhoto: Queen's staircase painted ceiling, Hampton Court