Thursday, June 09, 2005

Report from the UK

As Edward R. Murrow used to say, "This... is London."

Just arrived here this afternoon from Edinburgh, and am still getting my bearings. So far, we've had a great time in Ireland and the UK. Stayed in Dublin, with day trips to Waterford, where we toured the crystal-making factory, and Cork, where we toured the Jameson distillery in nearby Midleton. Did the Guinness tour in Dublin the day we left. Took the ferry to Holyhead, Wales, and the train to a seaside resort there called Llandudno. It looks like a Victorian postcard, with a pier that's about 140 years old and oceanfront hotels lining the long promenade. From there we went to Carlise, England, where we saw Carlisle Castle and Hadrian's Wall, then on to Edinburgh, Scotland. We've had beautiful weather the last few days, especially warm in Scotland. Toured Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood, walked the Royal Mile about three times and stayed out until it got dark. That happens about 11:30-12:00 that far north, then it starts getting light again about two hours later.

It's 5:50 PM right now here, no matter what the time stamp on this post says, and it took me only a day or two to adjust. Been lifting lots of pints and conversing with the locals in their native language, which I've almost grown to understand. The countryside we've seen from the trains and buses is impossibly green and undeniably beautiful. We've taken in lots of colorful history, most of it red (as in bloody). After the weekend here, we go on to Paris, where I expect I'll probably make my next report. Right now, though, Mrs. Generik is having a nap in the World's Tiniest Hotel Room (smaller even than the one we were in in Hong Kong), and I should get back to her so we can go out and have dinner and lift a few more pints and such. *sigh* It's tough trying to keep up.
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