Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Four Weeks Of Travel





Ring of Kerry, Republic of Ireland

It is almost four weeks since we have left Vancouver. Dublin seems a lifetime ago! Our first travelling companion left us after our Republic of Ireland tour and we have been joined in London by my daughter. 

This vacation has been all about touring the countries of our ancestors. During other post-retirement vacations, I have had a base (usually in Paris) where I could leave the bulk of my belongings. This year, we have used bus, train and domestic airlines to travel around The Republic, up to Belfast, north to Shetland and finally to London.  

the Burren, Republic of Ireland

We have been grateful for the assistance of strangers at every turn. Whether it be with an offer of help with a heavy bag,  of advice about directions in an unfamiliar town or of  a seat on the Tube, local 
people have come to the rescue.



The Giants' Causeway, Bushmills
Sometimes, when things are really going wrong.....we were locked out of our flat (tricky door)
or the owner has failed to appear at our booking (no mobile phone), I have knocked on stranger's doors. Certainly, not something that I would do at home!

Shetland
We are spending a week in London and I appreciate the slower pace.  I have confirmed that I am a woman who enjoys reading signs on buildings, wandering through residential streets,  and gazing into windows of shops. I don't need a destination or an agenda for each day. 

These graves in St. Pancras' churchyard  were moved to make way for the railway .

Do you remember Louise Bates Ames? She was a founder of the Gesell Institute of Child Development and she chronicled child development from 2 until 9 years of age.
During the 1970's, when my daughter was young, I read each of her books and I marvelled at the
accuracy of her observations. I wonder that, at a time when so much of the population is ageing,
that there is so little written about the later years.

During this trip, I have experienced more physical discomfort in my knee and hip. Stairs, escalators
and long corridors are part of independent travel. My travelling buddy will attest to the fact that I have probably developed sleep apnea as I make a symphony of sounds and no sound at night.
I try to eat my largest meal earlier in the day and I am more aware of wine consumption. As I get older, I am less tolerant. I'm not fond of crowds and I have always been prone to falling so I don't
like to be jostled. I am becoming my grandmother and my mother. Who would have guessed



Home in Camden
Today, we will visit the Covent Garden, Soho and West End areas of London. We're attending a matinée at the Apollo Theatre and will have a light supper before returning to our Victorian house in Camden.


5 comments:

  1. Ah,your photographs of Ireland make me positively weepy... I never met so many nice people anywhere as I did there...
    And you're right about how our ability to handle to rigors of travel changes as we age; it's something that we all will have to accept and manage, if we're lucky!
    hugs,
    Janice

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    1. The scenery is beautiful but it is the warmth of the people and the music that pours out onto the street from every pub that makes Ireland special.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing all the details of your trip and especially the struggles of travel. No matter how many crowds or delayed trains or dogs on buses(Ireland 1994) we still look back with fond memories and wish we were there with you!! Incidentally, that dolmen on the Burren had no fencing around it when I saw it in 1994 and in 1997-do you know why they have it secured in that way? Enjoy the rest of your travels and please continue to share EVERY detail!

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    1. There are always some struggles with independent travel but it is worth it. Probably, the dolmen are being protected from vandalism although I'm not sure.

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