Spent 12 days in the Baltic, including a nice foggy morning sailing into Stockholm…
I’m long overdue to recap some travels and post some pictures. We had a quiet summer until a flurry of activity in late August, when we found ourselves winding through canals, making cheese in lab coats, drinking the best beer in the world while lounging in medieval town squares, waiting for a bus while sitting under a 100 meter tall steel sculpture of an iron crystal, and ending with a muddy weekend tent camping in a field in the middle of Ireland, listening to Touareg refugees, Icelandic Vonlenska, chainsaws, and other old friends, foreign and domestic.
We followed our late summer trip to Amsterdam, Belgium and Electric Picnic with a long weekend of history, art, architecture and Christmas markets in Berlin last month. Last November, we stumbled onto a German Christmas market in Edinburgh and decided to see the real thing this year. Schnitzel and Wurst for the kids, outdoor shopping and museums for the wife, Bauhaus and more great beer for me.
As always, more on flickr.
With Facty’s parents visiting from the States, we toured Blarney, Cobh, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren. This is detail of a stained glass window in Bunratty.
This was our second trip to some of these destinations, including Blarney Castle. I’ve still not been convinced to kiss the stone, which is at the very top of the wall on the left in this picture.
Cobh is a beautiful little port town just south of Cork, where many of the Irish immigrants through history boarded ships leaving Ireland for the last time. We happened to visit on the anniversary of the Titanic’s arrival in Cobh (then known as Queenstown), which was its last stop before sinking. This cathedral, St. Colman’s, dominates the skyline.
Bonus! Poker content! We found a very popular poker player in the Ring of Kerry. He was kind enough to pose for a photo with Birdy.