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Dublin, done and dusted...

We had a wonderful couple of days in Dublin. Our apartment next to the Jameson Whiskey Distillery ( a place we didn´t visit ) was very comfortable, and we were able to walk to just about all of the attractions. We were there on the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising, and Dublin was full of people. On our second day we paid a visit to Killmainham Gaol, which proved to be a very moving experience. This was where the leaders of the Easter Uprising were imprisoned before being executed by firing squad. We took the tour of the gaol and our guide told the whole sad story of how the gaol held thousands of men, women and children in appalling conditions during the Irish famine. Overall, we enjoyed our short stay in Dublin.....

outside our Dublin apartment

outside our Dublin apartment


Christchurch Cathedral Dublin

Christchurch Cathedral Dublin


Beautiful Celtic Cross on Cathedral Grounds

Beautiful Celtic Cross on Cathedral Grounds


Collins Barracks/ National Museum

Collins Barracks/ National Museum


old building outside Dublin Castle

old building outside Dublin Castle


Courtyard Dublin Castle

Courtyard Dublin Castle


the famous Temple Bar

the famous Temple Bar


Another view

Another view


The Brazen Head/ Ireland´s oldest pub..

The Brazen Head/ Ireland´s oldest pub..


gate where public hangings took place until 1820

gate where public hangings took place until 1820


The 19th century cellblocks at Kilmainham Gaol

The 19th century cellblocks at Kilmainham Gaol


bleak windowless bare cells

bleak windowless bare cells


Newer Victorian main cellblock

Newer Victorian main cellblock


Grace Gifford Plunket´s cell

Grace Gifford Plunket´s cell


Madonna she painted on wall of cell

Madonna she painted on wall of cell


Notorious criminal in cell

Notorious criminal in cell


Yard where leaders of 1916 Uprising were executed.

Yard where leaders of 1916 Uprising were executed.


Commemorative plaque

Commemorative plaque


Cross marks the execution place

Cross marks the execution place


The stonebreakerś yard.

The stonebreakerś yard.


10 hours a day hard labour

10 hours a day hard labour

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Tour of the Tower

On a beautiful spring morning we set off to look at the Tower of London. What an amazing place it was. Highlights included a long look at the Crown Jewels and Coronation Robes, a Beefeater guided tour with lots of gory stories, the fantastic views inside the tower, and fabulous views of the city and London Bridge... A great day out to end our London stay...

Tower 1

Tower 1


Tower2

Tower2


Tower 3

Tower 3


Tower 4

Tower 4


Tower 5

Tower 5


Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge


City skyline from Tower

City skyline from Tower


King Edwards 13th century Throne Room

King Edwards 13th century Throne Room


King Edwards Bedchamber

King Edwards Bedchamber


on the Beefeater guided tour

on the Beefeater guided tour


Actors running around the castle

Actors running around the castle

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A day with the stars....

Madame Tussauds was on the wish list, and we had a really fun couple of hours there These photos give an indication of Leoneś favourite famous people. Many of them were scarily realistic, and we were both amazed at how good the wax sculptures were.....

Leone with Daniel Craig

Leone with Daniel Craig


Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise


and George Clooney

and George Clooney


flirting with Boris

flirting with Boris


Friendly with Bob

Friendly with Bob


and the Beatles

and the Beatles


in between a couple of good men

in between a couple of good men


watching the older royals

watching the older royals


and the younger ones

and the younger ones


with Princess Diana

with Princess Diana


interested in Henry

interested in Henry


friends with John and Charlie

friends with John and Charlie


and Julia

and Julia


Kim and Kanye´s new besty

Kim and Kanye´s new besty


Blessed by a Pope

Blessed by a Pope


and made Obama laugh

and made Obama laugh

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Lots of London...

It started off a sunny day but soon changed to cloudy and cold. We began our day with a visit to Buckingham Palace, where we joined a few hundred other people who had gathered to see the Changing of the Guards or something like it. Eventually the band marched down the Mall and entered the Palace grounds in front of us, and then the Horse Guards trotted past in formation. It was worth the half hour wait in the middle of a crowded footpath to see the spectacle. Then I lost Leone for a very nervous half an hour as I pushed through a crowd and was carried away by a tide of people. When I managed to get back she wasn´t there and I didn´t find her until the event was over and the crowd had cleared. Once we sorted that out we walked over to St. James´ Park and sat on a park bench for a much needed flask cuppa and ham and cheese sandwich. Lucky pigeons got Leone´s crusts. The Park was amazing with beautiful flower beds and even a ¨pod¨ of pelicans, who acted like celebrities and totally ignored the small crowd who gathered around them to take photos. Wandered on to Trafalgar Square where Leone had a golden moment, then up to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. It was, on the whole, a day to remember....

Spring is colourful at Buckingham Palace

Spring is colourful at Buckingham Palace


and in St James Park

and in St James Park


we found lots more colour

we found lots more colour


and three pelicans

and three pelicans


they just ignored the small crowd around them

they just ignored the small crowd around them


We heard them coming

We heard them coming


from outside the Palace

from outside the Palace


which they turned into

which they turned into


then these guys turned up

then these guys turned up


and trotted past us

and trotted past us


later we saw another specimen

later we saw another specimen


and a few of these

and a few of these


Leoneś new telephone box jumper

Leoneś new telephone box jumper


fountain in Trafalgar Square

fountain in Trafalgar Square


Leone makes a new friend

Leone makes a new friend


who knows how to say ¨cheese¨

who knows how to say ¨cheese¨


Queen Boadicea

Queen Boadicea


The London Eye

The London Eye


He´s a big boy is Ben

He´s a big boy is Ben


Kiwi History

Kiwi History

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A day at the V and A

Arrived in London on a bright and sunny spring afternoon. Next day had to be cooler with rain, so we did what you do in London when it rains and headed for a museum. Walked up to the Natural history museum, but six coaches had just pulled up outside it and you can imagine how long the queue was to get in. Lucky for us just across the road was the Victoria and Albert Museum, which had no queue outside it to get in. Immediately Leone was entranced by the beautiful exhibits in the first few galleries and rooms we slowly wandered through. By the end of our visit (we only managed to do one floor, before becoming museumed out) the consensus of opinion was that it was an amazing and interesting place to spend a wet afternoon....

Finding our way around by museum map

Finding our way around by museum map


Medieval carvings & sculptures room

Medieval carvings & sculptures room


same

same


same

same


heś a big boy

heś a big boy


a big pulpit

a big pulpit


a cute lion

a cute lion


cute 13th century kids

cute 13th century kids


big doors

big doors


big frieze

big frieze


detail

detail


big pillars

big pillars


very old dress

very old dress


fairly old dresses

fairly old dresses


fairly modern dresses

fairly modern dresses

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