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When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. (Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784)

Let's start with the most well-known landmarks -- Big Ben & the Parliament Building, and the London Tower Bridge.
London Eye, on the banks of the Thames. Built for the millenial celebrations, it offers a great view over London in 30-minute revolutions.
Hideous or cute? Shaped like an UFO, the Millenium Dome costs over 750 million pounds to build! Inside are various hands-on exhibits, kind of like an educational theme park.
Partying with celebrities at Madame Tussand's! The ultimate wax museum.


Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues, With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by; But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye. (Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936)

Stonehenge -- this famous prehistoric structure is hugely disappointing! Much smaller than I'd expect from those typical aerial photos.
Bath -- the Roman spa city! Definitely has kind of a Florence feel to it.
Stratford-on-Avon -- Shakespeare's birthplace. The steeple in the background belongs to Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare's grave & birth records are located.
Street performer in York.


Cardiff Castle -- built over Roman ruins in the 1800s, the interior is richly decorated in medieval images & whimsical details. And this peacock was proudly strutting its colors on castle grounds.

Not many photos from Wales, but one bit of trivia: Wales boasts the longest place name in the Guiness Book of World Records. Try this -- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!


Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? (Robert Burns, 1759-1796)

A misty cruise on Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in Britain. And the rugged & barren Scottish Highlands. That's my good friend & travel buddy for this trip -- Wendy from Hong Kong.
St Andrews, "home of golf". It was cool to watch the British Open on TV a week later & be able to say "I was there!"


There is a perpetual kindness in the Irish cabin -- buttermilk, potatoes -- a stool is offered or a stone is rolled that your honour may sit down and be out of the smoke, and those who beg everywhere else seem desirous to exercise free hospitality in their own house. Their natural disposition is turned to gaiety and happiness: while a Scotchman is thinking about the term-day, or if easy on that subject about hell in the next world -- while an Englishman is making a little hell in the present, because his muffin is not well roasted -- Pat's mind is always turned to fun and ridicule. They are terribly excitable, to be sure, and will murder you on slight suspicion, and find out the next day that it was all a mistake, and that it was not yourself they meant to kill, at all at all. (Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832)

Ireland is called the Emerald Isles & the land with "40 shades of green". I can't think of a more fitting description. The whole land is covered with lush green farmland, and sheep everywhere. You can't help but marvel at God's artistry & Creativity. I was joking to a friend that if it were left to me, the whole world would probably be just black & white, or at most just the primary colors because I don't even like green!
A traditional Irish pub -- the heart of Irish life!
Kissing the Blarney Stone requires some acrobatic maneuvering! It's supposed to bestow the gift of eloquence on anyone who kisses it. But that's not me in the picture (I needed eloquence, but shopping seemed more urgent at the moment :) So Wendy, did it work?

Saw this Sahara postcard at an art store in Edinburgh & I just fell in love with it -- perhaps my next destination?

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