June 3-16, 2019.   Civilized Places and Events.    Karen and I took a small ship (200+ passenger) cruise with two rather different themes. The first part of the all this -- London, Portsmouth, and Normandy -- focused on the 75th anniversary of D-Day and other WWII events. The second part -- north through the Irish Sea and beyond to Scotland -- moved the focus back in time to the history (and sights) of the Celtic fringe.

To put a bit more detail on the above, the 3rd and 4th were travel days with nights on the 4th and 5th in London. From there we bussed to Portsmouth in where we boarded our ship, Le Boréal. Ports of call: Normandy (2 days), the Scilly Isles, Dublin, Holyhead in the NW corner of Wales, the inner Hebredian isles of Iona and Mull, and the Scottish highlands around Fort William. We disembarked outside of Glasgow and enjoyed two days of touring Glasgow and Edinburgh before the long flight home on the 16th. So basically we went around the west side of Britain with excursions "out".

This was our third trip to the UK, but our first to France or Ireland. Our earlier UK trips, in 1996 and 2007, offered minor overlaps with this one. In 1996 we saw London and visted the eastern part of the Scottish Highlands, but not anything near Fort William. We did not visit Edinburgh on that trip and had long noted this was a gap to fill. 2007 saw another visit to London and some overlap with the day out of Holyhead in Wales. The 1996 trip predates digital photograpy, but the 2007 trip is recorded here.

Weather deserves a note. We were very lucky. A mix of rain and sun in London and Normandy, but no more than a few drips and some clouds thereafter. While the Celtic Lands were staying dry, the Anglo-Saxons got two months of rain in a week.
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