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Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

St. Mary’s Church in Beddgelert, Gwynnedd, Wales – please click on any image for a better view. This site near where the Rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet has been a place of Christian worship since the 7th century.  By 1230 the monastic community was recognized as an Augustinian Priory with a sizable church and a number of other buildings that have since disappeared.   St. … Continue reading Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

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Statue of General Barclay de Tolley  – 1761-1818 by the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia.    Please click on image for a better view. General Barclay de Tolley was a Russian Field Marshal and Minister of War during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. A descendant of the Scottish Clan Barclay with roots in Towie, Aberdeenshire, De Tolley grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He entered the Imperial … Continue reading Statues and Sculptures/8

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Door/17 – Postkantoor

Please click on image for a better view.  This door provides entrance to what was the Postkantoor (post office) at 42 Coolsingel in Rotterdam, Holland.  It leads to an entrance hall with a ceiling rising to 22.5 metres (74 feet). The post office was built between 1915 and 1923.  They didn’t want it to overshadow the Town Hall nearby and so situated it further from the … Continue reading Door/17 – Postkantoor

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Historical Tidbits

Ailsa’s Travel Theme is History – please click images for a better view. The Chateau Laurier, a 660,000 square foot hotel in downtown Ottawa, was built for $2 million, between 1909 and 1912.  When the hotel first opened, private rooms cost $2 a night; and only 155 of the 350 bedrooms featured a private bath. The great Memorial Anchor at the end of Nyhavn in Copenhagen is a … Continue reading Historical Tidbits

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Door/15 – Tintern Abbey

Please click on images for a better view. Tintern Abbey is in the beautiful Wye Valley in Wales, the River Wye forming part of the border between Wales and England. Founded in 1131, it fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century.   That was the process by which Henry VIII disbanded the Catholic monasteries and convents and effectively put … Continue reading Door/15 – Tintern Abbey

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Castle/Drumlanrig

Please click on images for a better view. In the Scottish countryside north of Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway one finds Drumlanrig Castle, the jewel of the 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate of the Buccleuch family who trace their family history back to 12th century Scotland.   Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig, King Robert the Bruce’s right hand man, was the founder of what later became the Queensberry … Continue reading Castle/Drumlanrig

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Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa

Please click on images for a better view. Ottawa’s Notre Dame Basilica, built in the mid-19th century, underwent a number of design changes before it was completed.  Constructed over a period of five years, it was blessed August 15, 1846.  However, the steeples, of which there are two, were not completed until 1858;  the apse in 1862, and the primary work on the interior was … Continue reading Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa

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Utopia

After spending the afternoon driving along the narrow tracks of roads on the Isle of Skye around Tarskavaig and Tokavaig we passed through this valley and I thought something I’ve never thought in any of the other places that I’ve traveled.  I thought that I could live in this little valley and the rest of the world could fall away and I wouldn’t know and I … Continue reading Utopia

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Please click on the images for a larger view “Dreams are made if people only try to believe in miracles … I have to … because somewhere the hurting must stop.” On Hwy 11-17 near Thunder Bay, Ontario, overlooking the Sleeping Giant and Lake Superior is a monument to one of Canada’s heroes. The inscription reads … Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream … Continue reading Statues and Sculptures/5

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Morning Walk

Please click on the images for a larger view I realize that one person’s ‘early’ is another’s ‘the-day-is-half-over’  but this is about as early as I get.  While staying near Thornhill, south of Glasgow, in our converted stable – I got up early enough to see the morning mist – and walked around the corner to the bridge over the River Nith – and enjoyed the … Continue reading Morning Walk

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Please click on any image for a larger view On the road south of Drumkeeran in County Leitrim, Ireland there is a rest and picnic area overlooking the village.  This is where I found this statue, The Rookery, by Irish sculptor, Don Cronin, one of the best known Irish sculptors. Drumkeeran is a small village of 298 people where the R200 and R280 meet near Lough Allen. … Continue reading Statues & Sculptures/4

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Castle/Classiebawn

Please click on any image for a larger view Classiebawn Castle, designed by J Rawson Carrol of Dublin and dating to the mid 19thC, was once a favoured residence of Lord Louis Mountbatten.   It’s rather hard to miss, sitting as it does on a hill overlooking the village of Mullaghmore in Ireland. It is built from a yellow-brown sandstone brought by sea from Donegal across the bay. The … Continue reading Castle/Classiebawn

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Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir

St. Paul’s Church is suitably located on Church Street in Cahir in County Tipperary, Ireland.  It is a John Nash design, built in 1817 and one of only two known churches that Nash designed. Please click on any image for a larger view.       It is also the only one with most of its original interior, including the decoratively-carved pine pews, with individual doors … Continue reading Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir

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Castle/Lismore

Lismore Castle sits on the banks of the Blackwater River in Waterford, Ireland.  Rich in history, it was built in 1185 and was originally an abbey where Henry II was known to have stayed.  Later in the 16th C it became the property of Sir Walter Raleigh, who sold the property when he was imprisoned for High Treason to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork. In the 17th C it was … Continue reading Castle/Lismore

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Dark Hedges

More than two centuries ago the Stuart family planted an avenue of beech trees, as an approach to their mansion.  South of Ballintoy and Ballycastle, northeast of Ballymoney in the County Antrim  countryside, Bregagh Road is now a public avenue, lined with magnificent beech trees that are almost 250 years old, known as The Dark Hedges.  A spirit known as the Grey Lady is said to roam … Continue reading Dark Hedges

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Castle/Tully

Following the Flight of the Earls  in 1607, the crown seized Irish land in Ulster and granted it out to English and Scottish Planters on condition that they build settlements and provide strongholds loyal to the king. Sir John Hume of  Berwickshire was granted 2000 acres at Tully.  It was here, in County Fermanagh on the southern shore of Lower Lough Erne that he built Caisleán … Continue reading Castle/Tully