Itinerary: 13 days….London 3 nights, Bath 1 night, Cardiff, Pembroke (for the ferry - very late at night), Wexford, Waterford, Cork 1 night , Dublin 3 nights, Holyhead, Chester, York 2 nights, London then home.
Weather – Sunny, bit cloudy, only 3 days of rain.
Modes of transportation: Plane, Train, Subway, Buses, two ferries and what seemed like a fortnight of walking. My feet were dying at day one. I bought 2 pairs of shoes to lessen the pain somewhat. I’m just about perfect for such an excursion now.
Museums, etc: V&A, Garden Museum, Thames boat tour London, British, Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, Waterford Treasures – with cool Viking stuff, Guinness Brewery, Temple Bar, Trinity College & Book of Kells, Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo, The GPO, Barley Hall, Clifford’s Castle, York Castle Museum, York Brewery, Roman bath in York, York walking tour.
Shopping: York was the best where I got a Kipling Purse and Tim picked up a new hat and scarf. I also made friends with a bookseller who specializes in architecture and garden history there. Yes, she ships to Canada. The gift shops weren’t as good as we hoped but we still came home with a few nice books and trinkets.
Pubs….I have a list somewhere… Let’s just say the subtitle to this whole trip is now The World’s Longest Pub Crawl. Cork was the most fun when others started buying us drinks. For those not in the know…Cask ales rock. We also ate a lot of Italian food. The BEST-evah!!! tomato sauce can be found in a little Italian place next to the Kilmainham Jail above the Patriot Inn. They wouldn’t give me the recipe.
Hotels: Lovely. Very glad we sucked it up and sprung for the expensive Hilton in Dublin. It had a hot tub. My feet loved me.
- From The Big Bang Theory:
Leonard (to Sheldon, his roommate & leader of the science expedition): I don't think I can go to the North Pole.
Sheldon: Okay, Leonard, I know you're concerned about disappointing me but I want you to take comfort from the knowledge that my expectations of you are very low.
Leonard: Yeah, that's very comforting.
Sheldon: Comforting is a part of leadership. It's not a part I care for, but such is my burden.
(The Monopolar Expedition, Season 2, Episode 23)
To which I reply...
I am independent, intelligent and curious.
I can perform physically challenging tasks (ie - renovations).
I make friends easily and fully.
I am so thankful and appreciative for my wonderful husband.
I laugh often and well.
Now for the rest of you...
List the names of up to ten bands you
a) least suspect your f-list has heard of BUT that
b) you actually actively listen to on a regular basis. This is not a “show how many obscure band you know of”. You have to have listened to them within the past two months to qualify.
Underworld - Discovered them originally in grade 9. Seriously before they hit their Techno phase.
Ruby Blue - Scottish Band. Have worn through 3 copies of their CD in 5 years.
Philosopher Kings - I love that soul jazzy stuff, precursor to Joss Stone.
New Pronographers - especially with Neko Case.
Joe Grass - Picked up his CD after seeing him play at Stuart McLean concert. Easy blue grass. Young kid, young voice but so much emotion.
Shaye - a trio from the maritimes - Kim Stockwell, Damhnait Doyle, Tara McLean. Got the CD a few years ago for Christmas from Tim and it has a kick ass version of Crash Vegas' On and On
Barney Bental and the Legendary Hearts - He has a new career as a country star and recently a new album. But I love his early stuff. Saw him in concert for my 18th b-day...a long time ago...
Katie Melua - it's a good restaurant experience when I rush to my ipod, not even waiting to get home, to down load the music they were playing. Each and every song she does is good.
Ella - I do so love to sing along with Ella.
Beth Orton - She's kinda a smokier version of Neko Case
Anyway, as some of you may know this year's theme for the Grotto Party at Quad is indeed Carnevale. My suggestion from way back. So, as I mention before, it really break my heart at the thought of missing it. However, the possibility is not completely out of the question. Yet. I've survived my sales trips over the last three weeks, perhaps I can survive a night at the grotto.
So with that thought in mind, I'm hedging my bets and working on an outfit. I already have a dress (may need to take it in) and a mask. Now I just need a hat. Off to wander the internet for inspirations. Here's a bit of what I found.
Carnevale Wiki (not everything on the wiki is a lie, right?)
Carnevale di Venezia Photo Gallery
Italy tourist stuff on About.com (there's a good photo gallery)
More in Venitian Carnevale
And not to forget places outside of Italy...
And just in case you were wondering "Italian dialects suggest that the name comes from the Italian carne levare or similar, meaning "to remove meat", since meat is prohibited during Lent"
I think we can assure you that we've removed all meat from the blender drinks & martinis....
unless, of course, a certain someone brings the bacon vodka....
Since I know a few students and more than one person interested in military matters I thought to pass this on...
Birthday Party Facilitator (interpreters)
Living History Players
Kinda wish I could play...
Anyone is welcome to come spend the day (night, weekend??) in the country. Drop me a reply if you need directions.