Featuring our latest innovations, Crown Princess is one of the largest Princess ships, with room for 3,080 passengers. After lunch, we walked the streets, stretching our legs and dodging the kamikaze double-decker buses careening by. We hadna€™t much time as we wandered through the various state rooms of this wonderful palace. Outside of the state rooms we could look across the fenced courtyard to the Queena€™s residence and the ornate chapel, all buildings that had been added to the castle complex over the last thousand years.
The Castle was already crowded as we made our way back to the train station and the bus area. The mystery lies in how these huge stones could have been quarried and then erected by these ancient peoples. We walked the one mile over to one of the citya€™s more venerable commercial sites, Covent Gardens. The Tower and the nearby eye catching expanse of the Tower Bridge, with its twin towers and suspension cables, are among the more scenic areas for tourists in London.
The guide informed us that much of London had burned to the ground during the great fire of 1666. From the National Gallery, we walked into Trafalgar Square and joined thousands of other who sat basking in the 70 degree sunshine of a beautiful summer day. It was early afternoon and the cafes along the periphery of the gardens were loaded with tourists, eating and sipping beverages.
At Southampton, we got off at the cruise ship station and hailed a cab for a quick ride to the docks and the berth of the Crown Princess. We checked in with the shipa€™s shore personnel and were assigned Cabin #306 on the Baja Deck. Late in the afternoon, we mustered for an all handa€™s lifeboat drill in the Deck #7 Explorera€™s Lounge. The Explorera€™s lounge, on deck number seven, was the rally point for four separate tours that morning.
A crew member led our tour group to the gangway, as we walked ashore to board our huge double-decker bus for the three hour run into Paris. Karin gave us a warning about miscreants which we saw played out several times during the next few hours. We made it across the busy Place De La Concorde, headed for a museum that hadna€™t been here twenty years ago, La€™Orangerie. The main hallway of the small Museum offered a series of beautiful Renoir's that we had not yet enjoyed.
Ascending to the domed tower, we were treated to two rooms sporting enormous murals by Monet. It was breezy and warm out as we wandered down the Tulleries to that most famous of museums, The Louvre.
Peia€™s famous glass Pyramids framed through a much older stone arch as we approached this a€?u shapeda€? French palace, built in the French Empire style.You would think that the glass pyramids would contrast with the dark stone of the Palacea€™s style, but they oddly enough compliment the entire structure. The colorful cafes, with all manner of interesting people taking their ease on a Sunday morning in central Paris, are always interesting. We sat for a time, outside the Petit Palace, and watched the colorful panoply of tourists flow by us.
In the decks 5-7 promenade areas, the aisles were aswarm with passengers browsing the shops and looking for things to do.
Later that afternoon, we enjoyed a drink on the balcony, watching the rolling sea, something I could do forever. After dinner, we walked the gangways along deck seven enjoying the spectacle of so many well dressed people taking their ease on a great ship. We didna€™t feel like late night entertainment so we made our way back to our cabin to read for a time and then retire. The ship was tendering its passengers ashore today, utilizing its fleet of small lifeboats. Famous historical figures like Alexander Graham Bell, Joseph Lister, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott all hail from this neck of the woods. Inside the castle, the cobbled path ascends in a spiral that takes you to the very top of the ramparts of the castle.
Next to this building sits the a€?Great Hall.a€? Inside, the walls are lined with those wonderful Claymores, Scottish broadswords, pikes and other weaponry. Across the courtyard, in what had been the main chapel of the castle, is now a moving memorial to the Scots who lost their lives in W.W. We stopped briefly in the castle's a€?Redcoat Cafea€? and had scones with jam and clotted cream and cappuccino. At the small pier on the Firth, we boarded a large ferry that was carrying Princess passengers to the ship. Early this morning, the ship had entered and berthed in Cromarty Firth in the far North of Scotland.
We idled on the deck promenades and whiled away a quiet morning in the firth, reading for a time on our balcony and enjoying the cool air and beautiful surroundings. We traversed several local hills and dove up along Dornoch Firth, enjoying the scenic and nearly empty countryside.
Edith showed us a patch of a€?tattiesa€? (potatoes.) I think it was the first time I have actually seen the fabled tuber in the raw fields, though I have eaten it all of my life. These lower highlands are composed of sandy soil that is still water laden, creating a a€?highlands boga€? of sorts. The dispossessed Scots had emigrated, in starving thousands, to Canada, Australia and the United States. The flowers hanging from many of the buildings in the village, are eye-catching and restful to look at. As a last bit of cultural information, Edith talked about the horrendous taxes here in Scotland. Crab meat and asparagus appetizers, Caesar salads, a red snapper filet and cherries jubilee made for another memorable repast. Thursday, July 21, 2011- Aboard the Crown Princess in the North Sea, headed south for Belfast, Northern Ireland.
After dinner, we retired to our cabin to read and enjoy the waning light of this Northern climb. Beneath us, along the watera€™s edge, we could see the thin rope bridge that led out to a small island. Causeway.a€? A good sized Inn sits atop a rise of green land that is about two hundred feet above the sea below. Tourists were scrambling all over the various rock formations with cameras snapping all around us. A miniature amusement park, above the beach, offered rides and games for the smaller people. The fortress-like edifice of the main police station, with its fifteen- foot fencing, is one of the sole reminders of the a€?troubles.a€? I had seen this building on television for years.
The bus carted us back through the Harland and Wood shipyards and other repair facilities to our dockside berth. In the 1700a€™s, Glasgow had been one of the chief importers of tobacco, grown in the Americas and distributed to the British and European markets. In the square, between these buildings, we looked up and saw a sign with the Citya€™s unique seal. In curious modern juxtaposition, and hanging out over the atrium, is an array of painted face masks that startles you. Aboard ship, we had lunch with a couple from 1,000 Oaks, California and chatted amiably about our tour and theirs. The ship was pulling away from the dock as we sat on our cabin balcony and watched Scotland drift behind us. The Horizona€™s breakfast area was abuzz with chatter from the passengers about the incident. From the Beatlea€™s experience museum, we drove a few blocks over to the restored site of a€?The Cavern.a€? It is a performance club in a basement at 10 Mathew St. Near the restored waterfront we could see the sparkling new exterior of the Liverpool Museum. The driver narrated the long history of the Beatles, their origins and meteoric rise to stardom. From the suburban comfort of the Beatlesa€™ homes, we drove back to Liverpool, passing the enormous Anglican Cathedral there.
We had a last drink in the Sky Lounge on deck # 18 before returning to the cabin to read and retire. From the Deck seven Explorera€™s Lounge, we walked down the gangway onto the shores of Eire. A series of fifteen bridges crosses the Liffey here and splits the city into two discernible communities, one considerably better off economically than the other.
We stood in line, outside of the Library wherein sat the Book of Kells, for about an hour awaiting our turn to enter. Started in the 800a€™s by Irish Monks, the two sections of the Book of Kells and the Book of Armagh and Book of Dornoch narrate the four gospels of the new testament of the Bible. From the crypt, we climbed up the stairs to the Collegea€™s a€?Long Library.a€? Two stories of those wonderful old a€?stacks,a€? with wooden moveable ladders to reach the higher volumes, were piled with texts from the last few hundred years. In a bid to protect themselves from eviction, Mario the Magician and his troupe of 'freaks' stage a Death and Resurrection performance at "The Blood Shed: Montreal's Only Grand-Guignol and Freak Show," in which Mario uses his powers to cast a spell on the condo-reality they are facing. See the list below for descriptions on a wide array of places to visit and experience during your visit to the Central Texas area. From her nearly 900 balconies, you can enjoy sweeping views of romantic landscapes across the world.
Like most Americans, we automatically looked to our right when crossing the street when actually the traffic was coming from the left. You can only absorb viewing so many artifacts, however attractive or significant, before they become just another glass cabinet that you walk by. We got an early tour of central London as the buses, taxis and cars all made their way to the start of a new work day. There was always considerable jostling and hurrying among passengers to get the best seats for viewing on board the various buses. William the Conqueror triumphantly arrived in England in 1066, after defeating Saxon King Harold of Essex. I find the orderly continuity of the last millennium on display here an attraction, as we wandered amidst the various eras of British history.
The small town beneath the castle was awash with tourists who were having lunch or an early pint or shopping in one of the colorful botiques. The guide informed us that Hitler had ordered Bath bombed in 1942, to strike terror into the populace. Off hallways surrounding the large pool are several smaller bathing pools and galleries where the Romans could enjoy a sauna and take their ease.
Construction was first started by ancient Britons, called a€?Beaker People,a€? about 4,500 B.C. For $44 each, we would get an open air tour of central London on one of those delightful double decked buses. From 1193 until 1783 the area had been the site of public executions in London, from the a€?Tyburn Tree.a€? It was then a public spectacle that attracted the mobs. Brits like to joke that the Americans, who had bought the old London bridge and reassembled it in Arizona, had thought they were buying the Tower Bridge. We had it in mind to visit the National Gallery of Art there and so headed in that direction.
Street performers were entertaining the crowds and the vendors were doing a brisk business selling everything. We had determined that we were not leaving London without having fish and chips in one of the many colorful pubs. The Crown Princess, registered in Bermuda, is one of the largest Princess ships, with room for 3,080 passengers and another 3,000 crew. The seas were rough in the channel and the boat was rocking back and forth, even using her side-thruster stabilizers. It was a little claustrophobic on the top deck, but we had a great view of the wet and green French countryside. Young gypsy women would approach you with a clipboard and motion you to sign for some cause.
Karin dropped us all off on the Coeur De La Reine, a few hundred yards from the Place de la Concorde. The characteristic deep blue velvet and blacks were absent in these red tinted portraits of young women and a very young Renoir. We well remembered the fantastic array of Charlemagnea€™s sword, the French Royal jewels, the headless statue of Samonthrace and many other iconic objectsa€™ da€™art.
We browsed the shop windows and the art stores as we made our way back toward the Seine and the Pont Alexander Trois. We snagged a table for two and enjoyed some wonderful escargot, pumpkin soup, pasta in lobster sauce and a sinful chocolate pudding. The seas were rough in the Bay of Biscay as the great ship set sail for Edinburgh on the northeast coast of the U.K. It was too crowded for us, so we made our way back to the cabin and picked a book to read for the afternoon. It harbors five million residents and is noted for the production of Scotch Whiskey, woolen products and various agricultural goods.
Tales of Robert The Bruce, first King of Scotland and defeater of the English King Edward II, still live in their minds. Whatever problems the Scottish economy is undergoing, didna€™t detract from the beauty of the countryside. Here, the Scots hold a€?Tattoos.a€? They are fife, pipers and drum competitions that draw thousands of spectators. Ancient, black metal cannon stand guard even still over the landscape, which stretches out for miles before you. Different suits of armor and other medieval bric a brac line the walls of this stately and comfortable ceremonial hall. As we walked down the slippery cobbles stoned paths, throngs of other tourist were making their way in. We drifted in this sea of people and eventually sat at a bus stop waiting for our grand chariot. It is fully equipped and helps you feel less guilty for the enormous quantities of food you are inhaling.
A talented pianist, by the name of Kyle Esplin a native Scot, much entertained us in the musical style of Jerry Lee Lewis.
Our tour wasna€™t scheduled until this afternoon, so we had the morning to goof off shipboard. Crew members led us down to the disembarkation ramp and we exited the ship and mounted up our bus.
Ross and Sutherland Counties, in the far North of Scotland, are a a€?protected Zone.a€? Dolphins, seals and many species of birds are protected from all hunters but natural ones.
Tatties and a€?Haggis,a€? a sheepa€™s stomach, lined with oatmeal and other delectables, are the local favorites for dinner. Like their Irish Cousins after them, the Scottish peasants had been a€?displaceda€? by the Duke of Sutherland in the 1700s. It is a three-story, Georgian-style manor of brown sandstone, with 365 windows looking out from the venerable home. We wandered the town for a brief few minutes, stopping in a small store for a fifth of Glenfiddich. Back in the cabin, I opened up the GlenFiddich and drank a hearty toast to an estimable land of people from whom some of my own had sprung.
She is a nurse and chatted amiably about her lovely city and the culture and mores of her people. The Kindles are wonderful in that they store dozens of books in the small plastic wafer that weighs but a few ounces.
Emily briefly explained the evolution of Northern Ireland and the partition of its six counties in 1922 from the 26 counties of Eire to the South. The fishermen use it and the tourists love to walk out on its shaky expanse and be photographed there.
We enjoyed the visage of a very blue Irish sea and the dark expanse of Scotland just at the horizon. The actual formation, that is called the Gianta€™s Causeway, is a series of basalt columns that had been pushed from an ancient volcano into the sea. Along the way we were treated to the very blue ocean crashing upon these dark volcanic rocks. We sat along the wayside at intervals, to enjoy the crashing surf on the dark rocks below us. Emily directed the bus a few miles down the picturesque coast road to the small seaside town of Port Rush. Along with iron and steel production and ship building, tobacco had given the area its economic base. The ornate Victorian architecture and the charm of the red sandstone buildings from the 19th century, are captivating to the eye. Statues of a very young and equestrian Queen Victoria, Robert Peel, after whom Policemen had been called a€?Bobbies,a€? James Watt, the developer of the Steam Engine and other worthies are memorialized here. The University of Glasgow, with all of its charming, red sandstone and ivied buildings, sprawls across the district and enhanced by the picturesque KelvinGrove Park. We repaired to the first floor cafe and enjoyed some good coffee and those delightful scones with clotted cream and jam. This too is one of the more attractive features of cruising, sharing a meal and touring experiences with interesting people.
It is a small marina surrounded by a restored rectangle of factories that hover above a first floor level of shops, boutiques and cafes. Like a complacent herd of sheep we wandered in a pack, stopping at each site to listen to the audio accompaniment of that particular site. He detailed the young groupa€™s emergence from the obscurity of Hamburg, Germany clubs and their meteoric rise to superstardom.
It had just opened a few days before and was crowded with Liverpoola€™s finest enjoying their new attraction.
Using Boy Scout skills, we navigated our way back to the ship on the Mersey and climbed aboard. We were headed for Trinity College to see a€?The Book of Kells.a€? Trinity College had been founded in 1592, by Queen Elizabeth I, as a means of educating good Protestant lads and keeping them away from the a€?Popish a€? influence in foreign schools. They are elaborately illustrated with pictograms of birds and animals and people in vividly bright colors.
Glenda the Bearded Lady, Carrefour the Zombie, Alonzo the Strong Man, Galatea the Living Doll, and a bevy of burlesque dancers all get in on the act. Please give us a call for more information on any place you in which you would like to know more. After experiencing the relaxed comfort of our intimate onboard venues, however, you may not want to explore the beauty ashore! We got ready for the day, finished packing and then weighed our luggage to make sure it was under the 50 pound limit. It was getting late in the day and we hadna€™t slept for what seemed like a very long time. We wandered along the marble halls enjoying the jewels, cultural exhibits and historical potpourris from across the globe.
We slept fitfully, as you always do with a big time change and a new hotel, but were glad to be here. We were deposited at Victoria Station and asked to stand in one of several lines, all clearly marked with the various destinations for the day. The train station stopped here at this level, amidst a large collection os shops, cafes and boutiques that service the large daily crowds of visitors. Off in the distance we could see the fabled playing fields of Eton and the building and grounds of that venerable school. Portraits of British Royalty vied with suits of armor, battle flags, broad swords and many other eye-catching items displayed artfully.
The imposing statue of Queen Victoria, high on a pedestal, looked over the town square reminding us of where we were. A mixup with the room cleaning engendered another delay before we finally settled in for the night. The tour bus allows you to get off at any of the stops along the way and continue your journey with the next bus. Condemned men had been taken here in carts from the Old Bailey to have their sentences carried out.
To the Brits, the actual bell in the tower is a€?Big Ben.a€? To the rest of the world it is the entire tower and bell.
We were tiring with the day, so we walked back toward our Bloomsbury Hotel and stopped for a Cappuccino on Oxford Place, watching the people traffic flow by us. She weighs in at 113,000 gross tons, is 952 feet in length and soars 18 decks above the waterline.
Then we watched a little of the shipa€™s television, read our books (The Ridge- Michael Koryta) and caught a nap. We stood in line for a bit and then were assigned a table, sharing it with Jim and Ann from Oxford, England and Susan and John from New Jersey.
Pascal was our driver and Karin our guide .She had an uncharacteristically well developed sense of humor for a French woman. Its original purpose had been to grow oranges and fruit for the French Royals, hence its name. All transactions and instructions transpired in French, which we dredged up from our memory banks.
We climbed the gangway, made it through the electronic security and stopped by our cabin to write up my notes and enjoy a martini. Usually, the scene topside on a liner is a portrait of hundreds of sunbathers crowding every available deck chair and filling the swimming pool.
It was an occasion when most of the shipa€™s male passengers wore tuxedos or dark suits and ties and the women formal gowns to dinner.
Between them, a pair of left foot shoes arrived in the next thirty minutes, one of which matched the shoe that I had been given. The lands around the inlet are shades of green and tan, reflecting crops we later learned of barley and wheat, supplies for the whiskey making production prominent in the area.


A band of native pipers, in full Scottish regalia, welcomed us with lively tunes even at this early hour. Most of its population lives around the two major cities, that of Glasgow, and around Edinburgh, Scotlanda€™s capital.
Sheep, with their colorfully painted spots, crops of wheat, barley and the green grass of a wet climate offered a portrait of rural beauty to us, as we made our way into the Capital.
The black stone beneath its foundation forms a significant mound upon which a castle has been placed for as long as anyone remembers.
When we left the castle, a few hours later, the line to buy tickets and enter was over an houra€™s wait.
The line to enter the castle snaked through the stadium and down the lane of the Royal Mile.
The odd visage of a large movie screen playing a film to no audience was another effect worthy of a science fiction movie. Calamari, black bean soup, Red Snapper filet and Rocky Road Iced Cream did a good job in reversing the effects of our gym visit. We hit the gym, for an hour of weights and stationary bikes, to help stem the caloric tide.
We were headed up into what the tour called the a€?highlandsa€? and the locally famous a€?Falls of Shin.a€? Conversations with local residents later told us that this area has but minor hills. Edith also solved another riddle for us, that of the a€?painted sheep.a€? The shepherds apparently paint the underbelly of the male rams.
The natives call them a€?floating roadsa€? because of their tendency to rise and fall with differing weights traversing them and climactic conditions.
It was a mass exodus to clear the land and make it more suitable for large scale agriculture.
In curious juxtaposition of historical eras, the current local point of pride is that pop star Madonna had had her son Rocco christened here. Although both charming and pleasant, her thick Scottish burr made half of her speech unintelligible to me. Then, we watched that magical movie a€?Avatar.a€? I much enjoyed the segue into the future after walking so much through the past these last few weeks.
The area had been a war zone for much of my lifetime, until the early 1990a€™s peace accords. A recent plebiscite had shown that 60% of the voters in Northern Ireland still favored allegiance to the Crown over unification with Eire to the South. She and her colleagues had a name for the chatter, a€?MMBAa€™sa€? (mindless minutiae of bugger all.a€?) Still, it kept our interest up. The cool seawater had fractured the basalt mass of rock into a tight collection of octagonal columns that looks like a man made causeway extending out into the sea. We didna€™t get to see a€?bogsidea€? the Catholic enclave, but I could see the Irish tricolor flying above a tall building in the distance.
Sylvia, an English woman and her husband, whose name I never got because of all the chatter, joined us. Hanging baskets of flowers and green lawns mark the Square as a wonderful gathering point for all of Glasgow. I am sure we were told the meaning of this quaint seal, but it is lost to me in the retelling. We saw and enjoyed Claymore Broadswords, suits of armor from several counties, interspersed with a stuffed elephant and other wild creatures.
The Glasgow Rangers were playing this afternoon and the city loved its a€?Football Teams.a€? (soccer to Americans) We drove along the Clyde. We were struggling mightily with the caloric battle, but determined to at least wage the battle. The Shipa€™s Captain came on the intercom, throughout the entire ship, reassuring passengers that everything was okay. Recordings of each of the Beatle's, their managers and all thing pertaining to them were of interest to the dedicated fan. The Liverpool merchants had a strong relationship with Shanghai going back to the 1870a€™s.
The a€?streaky bacona€? appearance of the White Star Shipping lines building is a local attraction. We read for a time and then enjoyed some of that lovely Glenfiddich while sitting on the balcony. We were enjoying the great vocals of a group called a€?Indigo.a€? The lead singer is from Cork, Eire.
Britaina€™s King Henry IV had come in 1169 and stayed until the Brits were asked to leave in 1922.
It is made of gray granite stones and sprawls across a considerable expanse of Dublin, with its very green commons and leafy surroundings. The first section of the exhibit is a print and picture diorama, on paste boards, that detail the inception, construction and interpretation of the four Books on exhibit.
Each of the lines of script is immaculately inscribed with flourishes and curley cues that needs help in translating the ancient Latin script. Like everyone else, we crowded around the small table and studied the books in the dimly lit room. The original central keep had been constructed in 1204 by Englanda€™s King John, of Magna Cart fame. At Victoria station, a nexus of the London tube and the British rail system, the crowds were even larger. The Bloomsbury, a Radisson Hotel, is just a block over from the British Museum and only a few blocks from The University of London.
Still, we were here in one of the more exciting cities on the planet and time was of the essence.
We got ready for the day, made some coffee in the room and appeared in the hotel lobby for the shuttle from a€?Golden Tours.a€? For $141 ea. Walking up the ramps to the castle area, we viewed a detachment of the storybook British soldiers in their colorful red coats and black balaclava fur hats.
We were headed for the medieval Town of Bath and the ruins of the fabled Roman baths there. I could imagine the various Roman functionaries coming here late in the day to take their ease. We walked along the pedestrian mall and watched the various street performers acting for throngs of young tourists.
I would think on a rainy day, or in the rising mist of the morning or failing light of the day, they would inspire an eerier feeling. I wrote up my notes and we crashed, tired but with visions of castles, huge altar stones and Roman baths in our heads. In the center of the square sits Nelsona€™s Column, with a statue of the Naval hero Lord Nelson atop the column. It helped to know that the ship has both space and procedure to evacuate us in an emergency. When the vessel leaves port, we get a glass of cabernet and stand topside watching the land drift behind us and feeling the fresh sea breeze on our faces. She admonished us to a€?be Frencha€? for the day and assume an arrogant posture to gypsies and other vagrants who approached us bent on mischief.
Sure enough, when we first got off the bus at the Place De la Concorde, two of these miscreants approached us. Throngs of tourist wandered the Tulleries and around the two glass pyramids in the courtyard of the Louvre palace. But, a long line snaked out into the courtyard for tourists whose intent was to walk briefly through the church to see for themselves the wonderful architecture. We could see most of the Eiffel Tower just down the Boulevard from the Pont Alexander and the stylized roof dome of Napoleona€™s tomb just down another Blvd.
We walked on to the Champs Elysee and again admired the waving French Tricolors hung along the storied Blvd. We had noticed that however enjoyable good company is at dinner, you lose your attention to the wonderful food when you are gabbing away with others.
Mary did a load of whites in one of the laundry rooms and we then drifted off to an afternoon nap, one of my favorite past times.
Not bad, considering the complexity of activities and things to do that the crew already had been assigned. We chatted amiably while munching on crab quiche, asparagus soup, filet of halibut with green beans and new potatoes and a chocolate confection for dessert, accompanied with a Mondavi cabernet. The approach to the castle, from Holly Rood, is called the a€?Royal Mile.a€? It is a series of boutiques, pubs, shops and Inns flanking a cobbled stone street that runs for a mile, gently rising up to the castlea€™s main gate, which is protected by a drawbridge and a moat.
In one of the four buildings, we got in line to view the a€?Scottish Crown Jewels.a€? Like the Scots themselves, they are a parsimonious offering. Underneath the hall, a series of steps winds down a few levels to a basement complex where German prisoners of war from W.W. These fine lads are remembered here, with the names and colors of their regiments, for younger Scots to come and remember. We passed again through the pastoral countryside, pregnant with wheat, and oats and barley.
PIpers were trilling their mournful sounds on the dock as we said good bye to Edinburgh and all of its history.
From the top deck, we looked out on the pastoral beauty of the Scottish Country side all around us and were glad we had come to this wet and beautiful land.
The production of Scotch Whiskey, at the large Glenmorangie distillery, also provides many local jobs. When the rams mount the females, they leave a painted spot on the ewea€™s back, indicating that the animal has been a€?serviced,a€? an important component of animal husbandry.
There is also a fierce little bug called the a€?Michiea€? that causes much aggravation to residents during rainy seasons.
The ancestral Duke of Sutherland had owned much of this area of Northern Scotland and been among the wealthiest gentry in Europe at the time. We had come upon many such colorful settlements in Nova Scotia, Canada and in the Western Carolinas of the U.S.
All of the UK was finding that their very generous social and medical programs come with a precipitous cost and societal effects that troubled the average working citizen.
A talented pianist, by the name of Ray Cousins, was playing a a€?tribute to Frank Sinatra.a€? Ray had apparently worked for Sinatra, in Las Vegas years back. Everyone would dress in their finest to parade the main promenades in a floating version of the a€?Easter Parade.a€? Confident that I had two shoes this time, we dressed and headed out for the evening. They hailed from the far North of Quebec, near the border of Nova Scotia and the mouth of the St. Patches of potatoes, both queens and reds, reminded us that this is after all Ireland with its green green grass, sheep and friendly people.
The surrounding cliffs are craggy and erose with that dark volcanic appearance that is eerie at sunset and in the early morning.
A procession of other pilgrims was walking in both directions, enjoying the sun and sea of a beautiful day oceanside.
It is easy to see how the early inhabitants made up so many stories about a giant walking across these stones to Scotland after an old enemy. We found a small cafe named a€?Morellia€™sa€? and sat down for some good coffee and those delightful scones with clotted cream and jam. We had a mushroom tort, oyster soup, filet of salmon and some Bavarian Chocolate cake, washed down with a Mondavi Cabernet. The great ship was making her way up the Firth of Clyde on her way to Greenock, the ocean port for Glasgow.
Scottish pipers, in kilts and full regalia, were playing to entertain the cruise ship passengers.
The curators had laid out their exhibits in an eclectic array that both startled and amused us. It is a tidal river and at low tide, the only navigable channel is the one that had been dredged through its center. She must have been a formidable woman to leave here for a far America and a hoped for future.
We found out later that a local pilot, in steering the great ship into the approach for Liverpool, had cut a corner a little too swiftly, causing the ship to list precipitously. It is a first floor museum with a collection of posters, Beatle's memorabilia, acoustical recordings and everything you ever wanted to know about the Beatle's. Posters of the Yellow Submarine, Sergeant Peppera€™s album and other bric a brac brought back for us the colorful history of these four Liverpool lads. The huge and ornate Chinese gate that spans the entrance to China Town, is weirdly beautiful. Only a few pages are actually on display, but we each in turn marveled at the fine detail, ornate drawings and splendor of a work created some 1200 years ago by a small band of Celtic Monks in an era that we call the Dark Ages.
Medical paraphernalia, musical scores and all manner of records from a few hundred years stand ready to interest the casual observer.
We carried it proudly all the way back to one of their houses and proceeded to patch the hole with a piece of plywood and tar.
Started in Austin in 1984 as PC's Limited by Michael Dell, the company has grown into one of the largest publicly-traded companies in the world and a leader in the personal computer and computer services industry. After an houra€™s wait in line, the the interview was perfunctory and we were soon cleared to the main terminal. The verbal waft of a dozen languages drifted around us as we made our way through the throngs to a taxi stand outside of the terminal. Pedestrian traffic here is heavy amidst the cafes pubs and small businesses that dot the streetscape.
We settled in for some tasty Salad Nicoise and cappuccino while watching the busy pedestrians flow by us. The Formal Reception Hall and The Waterloo Room are festooned with banners and ceremonial flags. The principal attraction of course is the Roman Temple complex and its series of ornate public baths dating from the 4th century.
The elaborate plumbing system could deliver heated water to the various bathing complexes where slaves would tend to their Roman Masters. Over the centuries, the area had served as a fruit and vegetable market and other commercial enterprises. It had been erected to commemorate the English naval Victory at Trafalgar over the French and Spanish fleets in the early 1800a€™s. We were all wearing our gaudy orange life vests with whistle and blinking lights as we listened to ships personnel explain emergency evacuation procedures. We stood at the shipa€™s rail and watched the mighty nautical leviathan maneuver her way through a series of canals on her way out into the English Channel. A lobster pate appetizer was followed by a tasty mushroom soup, a bowl of crawfish chowder and and some sinful chocolate cake, washed down with a Mondavi Cabernet. There were slews of tours headed for Paris, the Normandy Beaches and all points in between. We sat for a time there and watched the ebb and flow of people visiting from all across the globe. We had visited here on another occasion and lit candles for a family member who had recently passed. It looked decidedly strange, viewing the barren decks, like a scene from a movie where everyone has already been evacuated from the ship, only they forgot to tell you. University educations are free to native Scots, but jobs are scarce and in the cities, people struggle to get by. The North Sea Oil boom, supplying its rigs and workers, had provided a brief economic spurt for the area. They are traversed by what they call a€?class B & Ca€? roads, not really suitable for huge landcruisers of the touristsa€™ groups. It features a large caravan park (camping area) and a tourist outpost that sells food, all manner of tourist baubles and bric a brac.
Trisha€™s cousin and room mate had unexpectedly bailed out on her in Edinburgh, heading home for California, homesick. We were 1,000 miles north of Southampton, as the ship made its way through the Oriskany Islands.
We stopped in the very crowded a€?Croonera€™s Loungea€? and enjoyed a drink amidst the other nicely decked out passengers. We repaired to our cabin where I sampled another dram of Bushmlls, just to make sure I had the taste down. The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ocean liners are among many others that had been built in the 30 odd ship builders here along the river. Suffice it to say Lizzie, you are remembered this day by one of your own who came back to commemorate you. Cabin stewards made the rounds asking if anyone needed help and cleaning up any mess created by the sudden shift. The company employs almost 90,000 people worldwide, with over 14,000 local employees.Dell Diamond 3400 E.
There, we boarded one of those delightful, lumbering black cabs that London is so famous for.
It had been twenty years since last we had visited the museum and we were anxious to again see their fabled collection of Egyptian antiquities. We checked into a smallish but clean room on the first floor.(L180 per night) In Europe, of course, the first floor is really the second and there is no thirteenth. Knightsbridge shops, Harroda€™s Department Store and the Buckingham Palace area were all abustle with activity as we sailed by in our huge land cruiser.
These werena€™t toy soldiers, but elite combat troops who had drawn the ceremonial duty of guarding her majesty when she was in residence at the castle for two months of each year.
Paintings by Colbein, Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Reubens decorate the walls in a colorful array of ceremonial decor that catches the eye.
The column is flanked by four stone Lions and surrounded by sitting areas and fountains where throngs gather daily to enjoy the summer weather. He would be told by the warder that the man was a€?On the wagona€? and not permitted any more.
Martins in the field, a church of the royals, passed by in stately manner, as we drove along the Thames. Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Turner, Tintoretto, Cannoletto and scores of other great masters adorn the walls. She also said that if we wanted to see all of the art work that the French had stolen during military conquests over the centuries, we should head for the Louvre. The other scam, which we saw later in the day, involved a young girl finding a golden ring on the ground and asking tourists if it was theirs.
From the Louvre, we walked up the Rue Da€™Rivoli along the Seine and crossed over to the Isle de la Cite' at the Pont Neuf. Surrounding it are a multi media presentation of Scottish history and all of its major figures. Maybe it is the ambiance of sitting 18 decks high over the ocean and surrounding countryside that entices a longer and leisurely breakfast. Wheat, oats and barley, grown in local fields, are the main ingredients for this much desired nectar.
The scenic venues, from the movie a€?Braveheart,a€? would have to remain something we would imagine in the far away hills. The main attraction, after descending a series of steep and slippery steps, is a small falls area in the local stream. It really is nice to see people dress up after being in a€?pools scruffa€? or traveling gear all day. In that we live on the border of Canada, we had a lot in common and were able to talk with them about Canadian politics and the relative merits of their parliamentary system versus the U.S.
Since ancient times, fishermen and other merchants had traded across the sea with their Gaelic cousins. The bus made good time and Emily decided to give us a brief glimpse of the City of Belfast. Great paintings by Dutch and Italian masters wait for you in the upper galleries, along with works by Monet, Millet and Titian. I thought then of a€?Mother Marya€? and you begin to understand why these tunes had so much emotive power. It was featuring an exhibit of a wonderful surrealist named Renea€™ Magritte, whom I much admired. It is named a a€?Hard Daya€™s Night.a€? Along the first floor exterior facade are four life sized statues of the fab four. As the great ship eased away from her berth, hundreds of local citizens waved at us like we were old friends that were leaving forever. We wandered through the Kinga€™s ornate bedroom and other colorfully decorated official rooms, enjoying the full panoply of the British Raj.It reminded me of Versailles, only the decor here is both more subdued and tasteful.
The castle and bustling town of Windsor deserve a day or more to spend and appreciate all that is here. Across the Square, we could see the Greek Classical facade of the British National Gallery.
In order of our line of march, we saw first Buckingham Palace with the gilded Victoria monument in front or back of the palace, depending upon whom you asked. The saying came to be associated with those who couldna€™t or wouldna€™t have another drop of ale.
We passed by Parliament Square, the seat of the United Kingdoma€™s government and circled the fabled Tower of London. As big as the Crown Princess is, you soon realize that she is a small ship in a mighty sea. These accidental meetings, for meals on a cruise, are among the most interesting features of the voyage. Napoleon had ordered it built after viewing the Arch of Constantine in Rome, when he carried off much of the loot to the Louvre.
During the salmon run, whole schools of the red fish a€?climb the laddera€? of the Falls here, in their journey to lay their eggs upstream. A poor serving girl, with the undistinguished name of Elizabeth Smith, there was little chance of tracking down her origins when we visited there.
We saw and said hello to John and Susan from New Jersey and then walked the cliff path, enjoying the view.
The ocean temps were but sixty degrees, but people were swimming and wading in the cool surf. The ship had left her berth during dinner and was headed across the Irish Sea to Greenock, the port of Glasgow, Scotland.


The Ed Sullivan show featured them playing a€?I want to hold your hand.a€? Teenagers screamed and carried on in excitement. Nearby, we again found Mathew Street and the entrance to the fabled a€?Cavern.a€? Once again we descended the several flights of stairs to the dingy interior of the fabled mecca of rock and roll in Britain. We settled into the Davinci Dining Room to enjoy some good conversation with them and a couple from New York City.
Some drew the script, some painted the illustrations and others completed the fine details of the page.
It is a quadrangle of stone, turreted walls that surrounds a cobbled stone courtyard which is used for military formations. Home of the Triple AAA Pacific Coast League Minor League, Round Rock Express baseball team.
Over the centuries various local inhabitants had even borrowed some of the stones to use in other construction projects. We had visited this 1,000 year old fortress on a previous trip and enjoyed viewing the British Crown Jewels, Traitora€™s gate and the colorfully dressed Beefeater guards.
We did for a time and then had a cappuccino and croissant in the comfortable cafe in the basement of the museum.
Crowds of people, speaking a dozen languages, walked hither and yon, most laden with luggage of some sort.. And I just know that everyone was looking towards the beflry of the church and imagining Quasimoto swinging back and forth on the bells. We met John and Susan, from New Jersey, there and sat down to a breakfast of eggs and fruit. We were headed for a small firth at the top of Scotland, Invergordon, just north of Inverness. A Crab pastry appetizer, gazpacho, salmon filet, and chocolate pie, washed down with Mondavi Cabernet, made for a great meal. At the Albert Docka€™s complex, we found and sat down in a small cafe, to enjoy some of those wonderful scones with clotted cream and jam. The place was aswarm with young and old, several enjoying pints and everyone taking all manner of pictures. The Eggplant Parmigiana, pasta fagiola, shrimp and Tiramisu were all wonderful, washed down with a glass of Mondavi Cabernet. A detailed index of the elaborately drawn letters, and what each means, is necessary to read the finely crafted Latin script.
Enjoy Americas favorite national pasttime in an affordable, exciting, fun, family-friendly atmosphere in a modern, top-of-the-line stadium located in Eastern Round Rock.Historic Chisolm Trail and Round Rock - In 1851 a small community was formed on the banks of Brushy Creek, near a large round rock located in the middle of the creek.
We chatted with him about the coming Olympics in London next year and visiting Disneyland in Florida, as he barreled through the massively automobile-clogged streets of central London. During later centuries, the Brits would excavate the baths so that these splendid reminders of ancient Rome were preserved for modern people to admire. Double decked buses and cabs clogged the circle and ground traffic to a standstill that would exist until the wee hours of the early morning.
Two of Britaina€™s monarchs had been executed here and a few royal nephews were reportedly dispatched in one of the towers. On a previous visit, we had stopped at Honfleur on the coast just across the seine from La€™Havre.
In these Halls, Joseph Lister had tested and perfected his theories about germs and antiseptic treatments.
All of the aging passengers were singing along, memories from decades past, careening through their psyches.
It is an experience in and of itself just to sit here and think of the many famous musicians who had performed here over the years. The Harry Potter movies could have filmed any number of scenes from this quaint old Library. One of the boys found a canoe paddle in the weeds and we three got into the boat and started to paddle out. We were headed for the Salisbury Plain and the fabled rocks of Stonehenge, about a 75 minute drive from Bath on our way back to London. I wrote up my notes, settled in with a martini and soon drifted off into the arms of Morpheus. The rest of us stood looking at the small falls and wondering what we were doing here and if we were really that gullible to come this far to stand around a small falls in a river and pretend that is a momentous natural attraction.
The specter of a bus load of sixty and seventy year olds singing a€?Yellow submarinea€? and other iconic tunes would be comical to watch had we not all looked like we enjoyed it so much. The first postmaster called the community Brushy Creek, but in 1854 the small settlement was renamed Round Rock in honor of this now famous rock. Our next area of view was the Hyde Park Speakers Corner, where every Sunday ordinary people orate on their topic of choice. And if it is raining or on a misty day, your mind will supply you with a much more interesting picture of what they are and what they might have been used for. The solid bulk of Wellingtona€™s Arch and the stately Adsley house former homes of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington who had beaten Napoleon at Waterloo, lent a stately elegance to the area. We feverishly paddled with that one oar and bailed out the water with our hands and an old can. After the Civil War, Jesse Chisholm began to move cattle from South Texas through Round Rock, on the way to Abilene, Kansas.
We settled in across from a Spanish couple and watched the very green and very wet countryside flow by us.
We found a vendor stand and ordered Mary a tasty hot dog, with cheese on a baguette, and a tuna on a baguette for me. They heralded from Scandinavia originally and had laid down this historic site on the French Coast. Barely we made it to shore and got out just before the boat sank below the water and headed downstream. The route he established, which crossed Brushy Creek at the round rock became known as the Chisholm Trail. The train stopped frequently, so we watched with interest the various scramblings at each stop. I didna€™t find out until 20 minutes before dinner, on the first cruise formal night, that I had been given two right shoes.
With bottles of water, we walked about the quarter eating our sandwiches like the French do. Wet, cold and shaking the three of us headed home knowing we would never tell our parents of this stupid adventure. We sat at a small table and enjoyed a glass of Chianti, then a salad and pasta salmone for L 28.
We were lucky to be alive and it was only by Goda€™s grace that I can live to tell about it. Grimes were both mortally wounded during a shootout that is re-enacted each year as part of the Frontier Days Celebration in July, have been preserved and remodeled and now house fine dining restaurants, art galleries, offices, etc.Old Settlers Park 2800 E.
I chatted with the owner in my limited Italian and wished him a Buona Note on our departure.
Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78664 Huge 570 acre sportsplex complete with 3 miles of walking-jogging trails, 20 baseball fields, 5 softball fields, 12 tennis courts, 7 soccer fields, 2 volleyball courts, professionally designed disc-golf course, 7 playgrounds, picnic areas with BBQ grills, aquatic center, and a lake with paddleboat rentals and designated fishing areas. This safe, family-friendly park further enhances Round Rocks reputation as the Sports Capital of the World.Premium Outlet Mall 4401 N. More than 50 top stores and restaurants, all conveniently located to your home or office at La Frontera.
Contour farming, planting cover crops, building stock tanks, rotating crops and planting new seed varieties reduced wind and water erosion and kept the soil intact during periods of drought. The mission of the Pflugerville Pfarmer's Market is to bring fresh, locally grown and prepared foods to the Pflugerville community.Vendors sell locally grown produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, okra, garlic, melons, peaches and grapes, artisan baked goods,honey, flowers,eggs, free-range meats, jarred salsas, pickles and jams,fruits and plants. Sometimes that other road will bring you back to your original path and sometimes it will take you farther away from it. IH-35, Georgetown, Texas 78628 - Hidden for 10,000 years, this fascinating underground discovery in 1963 is one of the best preserved caves in Texas and one of the few places where remains of prehistoric animals were unearthed. Explore this limestone cavern and discover beautiful examples of natures perfect artwork such as The Flowing Stone of Time, the mysterious Lake of the Moon and the intricate Soda Straw Balcony. Among the amazing variety of formations found within the cavern you will see beautiful helictites, ancient flowstones, and giant columns.
But God used him to gather and lead his people out of Pharaoha€™s slavery and split the Red Sea in two.A  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and was cast into prison but became the second most powerful person inEgypt.
With the assistance of the Texas Historical Commission and the dedication of preservation-minded county citizens and officials, the fifth courthouse of Williamson County has been returned to its original 1911 splendor, once again becoming a focal point of the county. The architecture of the downtown square buildings surrounding the old courthouse have been restored to its period beauty. I thought I would never love like that again but I did and still do but I can't understand why I love someone who I KNOW loves me yet never let me love her was she just insecure or was I a fling I did tell her to guard her heart. As you walk aroundthe town square, you can view the beautiful gingerbread features that takes us back to yesteryear.San Gabriel Park 445 E.
Wish I hadn't but I am going to give her her space as hard as it is to do that it's harder to get ignored I thought things might have been going where I wanted but maybe I misunderstood her reaction when I brought her the card and one red rose I thought I saw that smile inher eyes I'm sure I did but might be she thinks I have more baggage than benifitA  but she is and always has been kind I'm not closing the door on her just stepping back a bit.
Or, maybe just maybe a smile or a kind word from you to a stranger may just prevent them from going home and ending their own life and their grandson will some day save the world.
Morrow St., Georgetown, Texas 78628 - Meandering right through the very heart of Georgetown is the San Gabriel River. If she or any other woman cost me money fifty grand or fifty million it wouldn't matter I can make do with or without money and I canalways make more but I can never replace her she's worth more to me than any amount of money I'm happiest when with her just talking and listeningA  everywhere I go I look for her even though I KNOW she is at work I don't know what to do or say if there is anything I can but I can't stop wondering did I ever really matter but I feel like I did even though she never let me love her.I think I'm Charlie brown as I can make her smile and I'm snoopy cuz I have been a dog but I am Cecil and you are ??? San Gabriel Park is graced with Pecan trees and 200 year-old oak trees that offer the shade of their branches to family picnics, games of touch football or Frisbee, concerts, festivals, canoeing, swimming and fishing.
For those with a little more energetic spirit, theres a new wooded 1-mile hike and bike trail that wanders along the North Fork of the San Gabriel River from San Gabriel Park to the new Rivery Park west of I-35. He will bring to light things that are now hidden in darkness, and will make known the secret purposes of people's hearts. Resembling Bourbon Street in New Orleans, this older section of Sixth Street offers rows of shot bars, piano bars, biker bars, pubs, dance clubs, tattoo parlors, art galleries, and restaurants on both sides of the street in downtown Austin.
It began to get cold so the little bird took off south all alone but the weather was very cold and her wings began to freeze the bird was unable to fly and fell to the ground in a pasture wings frozen and unable to fly our feathered friend thought it was the end. Great live music of every type from well-known performers and up and coming bands alike, along with a very lively atmosphere make visiting downtown Austin a unique experience and keep .
Throw your troubled waters out of your boat and paddle on down that river of life with Him at your side.
Popular events like the Austin Mardi Gras celebration, SXSW (South By Southwest Music Festival), ROT Rally (The Republic of Texas Bikers Rally), the Old Pecan Street Festival and Sixth's Street infamous Halloween celebration all make for great times with great people.
The manure began to thaw out the little bird warm and happy the bird began to chirp and sing.
You have ears, but you don't really listen.Psalm 13:2 -- How long must I worry and feel sad in my heart all day?
The moral of the story is someone who craps on you is not necessaryaly your enemy and someone who pulls you out of a pile of shit is not always your friend. I have been praying for something to happen for 4A? years now and what I prayed for was not granted. With a wide range of newer, hip, chic restaurants, and more upscale clubs with rooftop decks and outdoor seating, West Sixth Street provides for a little more relaxed, yet still lively nightclub atmosphere.Esthers Follies on 6th Street - 525 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas 78701 Esther's Follies began as a by-product of a pool parlor, called Esther's Pool, on East Sixth Street April Fool's Day, 1977.
For more than a quarter-century, the folks at Esthers Pool have kept Austin rolling with laughter. Part magic show, part vaudeville review, part satire tour-de-force, Esthers Follies takes no prisoners, offering biting, hilarious satire on all the newsmakers and events fit to parody. Leta€™s speak of reality a€“ He is God and He can do what He wants to or not do what He doesna€™t want to. We cannot command the Lord to do anything whether we do it in pleading, tears, anger, or desperation.
If God has the will, He may answer our prayers about life but nothing says that He absolutely has to. The stage's huge windows look out over Sixth Street, so passersby unwittingly become part of the show. All we have is the hope that he will hear us, see what we are going through, and grant us a little drop of His mercy in this life.
Go Thursday through Saturday, or book the theatre for a private party.Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown Ritz - 320 E. 6th St., Austin, Texas 78701 Although there are numerous locations now, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is an innovative Austin original and still Austins only independently owned and operated movie theater, offering a unique setting for dinner and a movie all in one. Located on Sixth Street in the newly remodeled former Ritz Theater, The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown offers two theaters seating 75, and 175 and is a hip combination of restaurant, bar, movie theatre, and events venue. Movies include first-runs, as well as classics, and the dinner is chef-prepared and the drinks are reasonably priced.
Also check out the Rolling Roadshow (giant inflatable screen that goes on the road throughout the U.S.
It is a pretty cool concept and has created quite a huge following.Warehouse District - Downtown area bordered by Cesar Chavez St. He will cure a cancer, heal the deaf, grow an arm back or bring someone back to life but that does not mean He will do it all the time. A bit trendier and certainly more pricey, it caters to a slightly older crowd than the other downtown entertainment areas. True to its name, the formerly old, abandoned warehouses throughout this downtown section of Austin have been renovated into concert halls, high-end retail stores, art galleries, salons, trendy steakhouses, seafood eateries, and other chic restaurants and bars such as Qua (a dance club with a live shark tank under the see-through dance floor) and Cedar Street Bar (with outdoor patios and courtyards for live music, dancing and dining).
He has given us guidance through His word (the Bible) and occasionally gives us a nudge or lesson to learn from but basically kicks us out of the nest like the mother bird does to face the challenges of life. I get so frustrated at times that my prayers are not answered and I have to keep reminding myself that this is my life and I need to deal with it on my own sometimes. In the 1970s, Stubbs Restaurant became the heart of an explosive music scene and was ground zero for musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Other musicians who would play for their supper in those days included Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Robert Cray, George Thorogood, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
The Lubbock location closed years ago, but the legend continues in Austin with great Texas Bar-B-Que, ice cold beer, and an indoor and outdoor concert venue featuring some of the most popular bands in music today. Their job is to preach the message to inspire, encourage, and give hope to their congregations. The 30-acre garden is free and open to the public most days year-round and is enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities. Theme gardens such as rose, herb and Japanese garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds. Three acres in size, Barton Springs Pool is fed from under ground springs and is on average 68 degrees year round. If we are to be an example of His mercy to others, it can only be done with people of lesser stature than us.
Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited topless sunbathers who turned heads in the seventies.
Even Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting his mother's relative in Austin. He wants us to spread the Gospel and not make up stories of what He has done for us personally in life.
The pool began as a swimming hole in the Colorado River, became a resort in the 1920s, and is today a popular swimming pool operated by the City of Austin.Elizabet Ney Museum - 304 E. Just show others how you believe in His salvation and forgiveness and tell them of His Word. In this studio, Ney sculpted the great men of frontier Texas, among them, life-sized figures of Stephen F. Ney also assembled in this studio her earlier sculptures of European notables, among them, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, King George V of Hanover, Otto von Bismarck, Giuseppi Garibaldi, Justus von Liebig, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob Grimm, all cherished portraits Ney rendered from life as a as a young artist. By the turn of the century, Elisabet Ney's Hyde Park studio had become a gathering place for influential Texans drawn to the colorful character of "Miss Ney" and to the stimulating discussions of politics and ideas that took place there. And the NWO doesn't have to make a deal with me, but they'd be smart to do so, as their "intelligence" isn't too wise.I have a little bit more coffee in the carafe, and a day to find a nice place to rent, and a car wash for the Chariot. Inspired by Ney's "revolutionary" idea that art and beauty have been and can be powerful forces in the shaping of a nation as well as in individuals, these early Texans went on to found the University of Texas Art Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Fine Arts Association and museums and art schools throughout the state. See the rainwater harvesting system, meditate on the beauty of a Hill Country stream, visit Wild Ideas: The Store, and dine at the Wildflower Caf.
Dont forget your walking shoes so you can take a short hike on one of four trails, and be sure to bring your camera to photograph the award-winning architecture and beautiful blooming displays. He has promised everything in His kingdom of Heaven to those who accept His Son as Lord and Savior. Weekend activities include workshops and lectures on everything from gardening with natural plants to nature photography.
Life here is just a temporary setback, trial and test to see if we are worthy of everlasting life sharing in His love -- or without it in a very dark place. So accept His Son as your Lord and claim the only real promise that He made to us --- Forgiveness and Salvation.
Few locals realize it is only a short drive of 13 miles from the capitol building, making it one of Austin's best kept secrets.Wildlife to be observed and photographed includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, and numerous birds. Capital Of Texas Hwy., Austin, Texas 78746 - Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve was founded in 1974 to protect 227 acres of Texas Hill Country.
Come and enjoy over 3 miles of hiking trails through woodland, grassland, and streamside habitats.
Wild Basin also hosts a variety of family events, concerts, adult workshops, children's and school programs. Wild Basin's nature education programs are funded by special events, memberships, corporate donations and grants. Trail maps are available at the Environmental Education Center or at kiosks at either trailhead.
A Segway Tour is an exciting and unique approach to viewing historical landmarks, local businesses, and captivating attractions. Informative guides will lead you on an intriguing journey full of facts and entertainment through downtown Austin to the Texas State Capital.Lone Star Riverboat Cruises - Located on Lady Bird Lake (formally Town Lake) in downtown Austin, Texas. Experience the exhilaration of the outdoors, the abundant waterfowl, our ever changing city skyline and the natural beauty that is Austin. But they know of what I know and know most people I know they can't and won't believe that I know things simply by some awfull ability I have to decipher things but my brain sees them but doesn't understand what they mean sometimes I wonder if I have a tumor I can't make sense of it but it bothers people that I'm this way they think I'm crazy when I mention things I often feel crazy as I can't piece it together my mind is always racing I wright things down and later think someone else did it it's not my writing but at times I catch myself writing in a way that is different can't explain it? Hewanted to share that beauty with the town he loved,so he openeda canoe rental business on the banks of the creek, just downstream from Barton Springs. It seems as though some are out to destroy me and others trying to guide me but I can't remember the details I need only the ones that confuse me tell me why? He and his wife, Dorothy,and their four-year-old daughter rented out theirnine canoes on weekends while Howard worked for the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. Together they built the business to the environmentally friendly and family oriented establishment that it is today. With over100 canoes and kayaks and reasonable prices, Zilker Park Boat Rentals is the perfect place to bring friends and family to enjoy a relaxing outing on the water. At least not that I know of bee off to work soon I'm considering leading my own truck have another lead on a driving job from yesterday will be looking into it today after I'm done painting. But if you're looking for a pleasant, mostly flat, walk, jog, or bike ride with several excellent views of downtown Austin and Lady Bird Lake, then the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail may fit the bill for you.The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge - (formerly known simply as the Congress Avenue Bridge) crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.
The bridge was known as the Congress Avenue Bridge from the construction of the first span across the Colorado River at that location in the late 19th century until November 16, 2006, when the Austin City Council renamed the current bridge in honor of the late Ann W.
The bridge is a concrete arch bridge, with three southbound and three northbound vehicle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. The bridge is currently home to the world's largest urban Mexican Free-Tailed Bat colony and hosts large crowds of Austinites gathered for bat watching at sunset throughout the Spring and Summer months.Long Center for the Performing Arts - 701 W.
Palmer (Municipal) Auditorium, built in 1959 on the shores of Town Lake, was recently renovated into a multi-venue community performing arts center. It is one of Austin's most vibrant and innovative arts organizations and Central Texas' oldest professional theatre.The Broken Spoke - 3201 S.
Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78704 - Texas' most definitive legendary dance hall built in 1964. If you're ever in Austin, stop by for an ice-cold Lone Star longneck and some traditional country music by some "real" country musicians.The Spoke has some of Austin's very best local talent such as Alvin Crow, Asleep at the Wheel, Gary P. Nunn, Sam and Son, better known as The Geezinslaw Brothers, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Derailers, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Chris Wall, and Dale Watson just to name a few. Some of the old time country music legends that have played The Spoke include Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Hank Thompson, Tex Ritter, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Willie Nelson and George Strait.
While most of these stars are no longer around, Willie still stops in for chicken fried steak. When it was completed in 1888, it was claimed to be the seventh largest building in the world. Some 1,000 men (mostly convicts) worked every day for four years at the height of the project. It cost $3,744, 600 to build and was funded funded through an article in the state constitution, adopted February 15, 1876, which authorized the sale of public lands for the purpose.
In one of the largest barter transactions in recorded history, the builders of the capitol were paid with over three-million acres of public land in the Texas panhandle.
This tract later became the largest cattle ranch in the world, the XIT Ranch, covering ten counties (The XIT brand stands for 10 in Texas). The building has been renovated many times, with central air conditioning installed in 1955 and the most recent refurbishments completed in 1997. It was built in 1854, designed by prominent architect Abner Cook in Greek Revival style, and has been the home of every Texas governor since 1856. The mansion is the oldest continuously inhabited house in Texas and fourth oldest governor's mansion in the United States that has been continuously occupied by a chief executive. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and further was declared a U.S.
On June 8, 2008, while midway through a major renovation, the mansion was heavily damaged by a four-alarm fire believed to be arson.



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    SANKA_ZVER writes:
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  4. 11.08.2015 at 17:54:27
    U_of_T writes:
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  5. 11.08.2015 at 20:25:51
    Sevda writes:
    Can be useful when it comes to calming.