London from one of the many bridges

After a long delay in posting new pictures, the ones from Ireland and England are finally up. There are a lot more than I remember taking, and even after eliminating a lot of the ones which were either duplicates, out of focus, or let’s say not exactly appropriate for the Internet, there still seem to be about 300 or so remaining. Anyhow, rather than commenting them all, what follows is a little guide to give you a general idea about what you are looking at while browsing through the pictures. As always, to view the pictures you need to login, or create an account if you have not already done so - Sorry, but I’m not a fan of hosting my pictures on social networking sites or having them indexed by search engines.

The first few pictures are from the downtown area of Dublin where we stopped off at the Trinity College. Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and was established way back in 1592. Along with some really old buildings and pleasant architecture, the College’s old library houses the Book of Kells, which is an illuminate manuscript containing the four Gospels of the New Testament and was created by Celtic monks around the year 800 - it is truly a sight to see, so if you are in Dublin be sure not to miss it. Next we took the local transit and headed over to Dalkey Village, a lovely little sea-side village. We took a nice stroll through the village center and then along the sea-side. We encountered several cats along the way, hence all the cat pictures in the album. In some of the pictures you can see Dalkey Island after which the village was named. Dalkey Island, although now uninhabited, over the millenia hosted ancient stone age peoples, then the Vikings, end eventually some military installation - to this day there are many ruins still remaining on the island. Overall, Dalkey is a very low-key village and has a very calming vibe to it, which might explain why some big starts such as Bono and Enya have purchased residences over here overlooking the sea.

Back in Dublin we then returned to Trinity College to visit the Science Gallery. While a bit on the geeky side of things, it had some very cool representations of the periodic table as well as a few other interesting displays, definitely worth a few minutes of your time if you are in that area. Next up we met with my sister and she took us to the Johnnie Fox’s Pub which is a bout 30 minutes or so outside the city of Dublin. Here we had a few tasty pints, some great food, and were treated to some traditional Irish dancing. Over the ages this pub has hosted some very famous people and celebrities, and was definitely a nice treat - thanks Sofie! Finally, before heading over to London, we stopped off at the Guinness Storehouse. If you have one stop to make in Dublin, then this should be it. The Storehouse tour, although a little on the pricey side, is absolutely phenomenal. You will find all you ever wanted to know about Guinness here and more, and in the end you can have a tasty and fresh pint of Guinness at the top of the museum overlooking the entire city - few museums are as nicely laid out and pay as much attention to information presentation as this one - Clarice was impressed!.

In London we hit up places familiar to many including Big Ben, The Parliament, The Westminster Abbey, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, The Tower Bridge, and of course The Tate Modern - all places are worth visiting if you have never been. If you are looking for a few more cool places to hit up in London check out my previous London trip recaps here and here.