We did an awesome Harry Potter walking tour with the lovely people at Strawberry Tours on our first day in London.
Today, we hiked Cheddar Gorge, explored Gough's Cave, and stole a few books for good measure. (But we had permission to do so, I swear!)
As I said, we met up with Drew in Chester after leaving Liverpool. Drew is a buddy from my time in Korea. He's a fellow music lover, a history buff, a kind and generous chap, and for a few days--our unofficial trip planner. We walked around for a few hours in Chester, catching up on... Continue Reading →
Two days of nothing but the Beatles in Liverpool. Well, the Beatles and a play. If you haven't figured it out yet, we like plays.
We tried to cover as much ground as we possibly could in our one day in Northern Ireland. The rope bridge, the Causeway, and a little bit of Game of Thrones action. I think we did a pretty good job.
Metallica had a whirlwind of a time in England! They soaked in some history, took in some beautiful sites, and felt the presence of the musical legends that have come from this beautiful country.
This is a video of our time in Ireland. Uri, Doris, and I spent ten spectacular days taking in one breathtaking view after another across Ireland. It had been on all of our bucket lists for quite some time, and it didn't disappoint. You could feel Dublin's pulse among the people, which stood in stark contrast to the calmness of Cork. Galway was that quiet and shy child with an artistic streak. Belfast, though we weren't there very long, came across as a bohemian paradise, what with its huge university presence and all. But once again, as will likely be the case for most of the countries we visit, it was the people that stole our hearts.
We visited the site where the RMS Lusitania was attacked by a German U-boat 11 kilometres off of the Old Head of Kinsale in 1915.
We explored the Blarney Castle grounds and capped the afternoon with a well-earned ice cream and play time on a tire swing.
Lauren Bird is a singer-songwriter out of Belfast. She plays a mean ukulele. Her songs are beautiful tragedies, dripping with heartbreaking emotion. After speaking with her about her introverted nature, I came to see that her songs are both a shield and a weapon she uses against everything the world throws at her. Lauren Bird is a reminder that, as Frou Frou once said, "There is beauty in the breakdown." She is also a testament to the healing power of music.