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WALES

HOLYHEAD

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Hello again! This time I'm in Wales, at the port town of Holyhead. Getting off the train on Fridayay afternoon (14th October), I wandered around for awhile and happened upon a funny little hotel right on the harbor-front, called The King's Arms. I say 'funny,' because it has obviously been around a loooooong time, and the place was a bit shabby. The hotel only has seven rooms, and I snagged the last one, upstairs, facing the harbor. The big plus is that the main floor contains a pub! So I parked my gear in my wee room, and joined the locals for a pint. It wasn't long before I'd been 'adopted' by a few, and the owner appointed me a 'bodyguard' by the name of Callum. Everybody else in the pub/hotel is there doing construction work around town. Holyhead is a small town, but has some great walking paths, one of which goes out on the 1.7-mile-long breakwater. The weather was pretty nice until the day I left for Conwy (Monday the 17th), when it clouded up, rained a bit, and blew like a demon. Now on to Conwy, with one of the finest castles from Edward I's reign.

Later!

Terry

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DUBLIN

CITY OF OSCAR WILDE, JONATHAN SWIFT, and *PUBS*!!

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709 Pubs, to be precise!! What a fun quest *that* would be... visiting all 709 of them! But my visit to Dublin was to meet up with a couple of old friends who were in town, and my travels took me close enough to North Wales to cross the Irish Sea to Ireland and meet them in Dublin - what fun!! I arrived Monday evening (10th October) and left Friday afternoon (14th October). My friends Lise & Nancy had a room in central Dublin that they shared with me), and we made a number of forays around town - and the weather was pretty decent! Among our adventures were visits to Trinity College, seeing the Book of Kells (at Trinity), going to the Archeological Museum, visiting Marsh's library (the oldest public library in Dublin - the oldest book in the stacks is from 1472!), and taking a bus tour of the city with a driver - Martin - who is one of Dublin's secret treasures! Visiting the library was an incredible experience, and we were fortunate enough to be there on the day the first woman head librarian was to retire - what a great visit! Seeing the Book of Kells was incredible, of course, and the Archeology Museum was amazing - including exhibits on artifacts and bodies unearthed in the bogs, Viking relics, and all housed in a stunning building. A wonderful visit to a beautiful city full of history. Highly recommended (but take *money*!!)!

'Till Later -

Terry

Posted by obanlass 07:06 Archived in Ireland Comments (0)

BEAUTIFUL SHREWSBURY

"MEETING" BROTHER CADFAEL

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If there's any place that embodies the history of England, Shrewsbury is it. I have been enjoying it so much that I extended my time here an extra day to take more of it in. After a brief stop in Plymouth again (on the way from Penzance to Shrewsbury), I arrived in Shrewsbury Thursday (6th) afternoon, and immediately started prowling around this amazing town. One of the many churches - St. Mary's - was built in the 10th century, and recent research indicates that parts of it could be pre-Christian. There's also a ley line and node inside the structure. Amazing! I also tracked down Shrewsbury Abbey, which is central to the Brother Cadfael mysteries... quite a place, but I liked St. Mary's much better. All around are buldings that have been around for hundreds of years and are still in use. In fact, my hotel - The Lion - is from the 16th century. The River Severn nearly cirlces the town, and was a main defense against attacks. Now it's used for rowing, fishing (salmon), swans, and ducks. There's also a path that runs along it for most of the way, and makes for a lovely, lovely walk. I'm going to have to stop ranking towns I visit... they've all been wonderful and so much fun to explore!

Now, on to Wales and Dublin!

Terry

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PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Ummm... That Would Be Me!

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Move over, Halifx! You're still in the current "Top Ten" of cities I've visited, but Penzance just took the lead. What a great city! I'm here until the 5th, so there will be more pictures posted after today, but I wanted to post some from this morning to give you an idea of the place. The folks are really friendly, the seafront is fantastic, and the pubs can't be beat. The hostel I've booked into is the best yet, as well. Food is really good, too! Unfortunately, I haven't yet had a scone with Devon Cream yet, even though I'm in Devon and Cornwall - something I will be remedying very shortly!! Anyway, I'll post the first pictures from my wanderings today, with more to follow.

Cheers!

Ter

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PLYMOUTH

BEING A BEAUTIFUL AND HISTORIC PORT CITY

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Aaaaahhh... ENGLAND! Be it ever so fair! Plymouth is quite a lovely city - very historic, too. And to top all of that, they make extremely good Gin! After arriving in Plymouth, tired from the two-day journey from Atlanta, I splurged and booked into a decent hotel at the top of the town. Hiked all over for two days straight, really getting into the "England groove." Great place! In the center of the main part of town is a large, shallow pond, which I discovered the locals engaged in sailing RC-controlled boats - very fun! Plymouth has "The Plymouth Wheel," reminiscent of "The London Eye" (not quite as big, though). Lots and lots of history in Plymouth, e.g., it has been the main shipbuilding and port of call for England for over 500 years; the Citadel sits atop a battlement overlooking Plymouth Harbor; and their famous Gin, of course (I learned all about the history of how Gin came to be, why the strength has changed, etc., etc., etc. - very fun).

But now it's on to points West - Penzance!

'Til Later -

Terry

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