Tower of London and Tower Bridge


Although it wasn’t our first stop, I’ll begin with the Tower of London.  Unfortunately we only had 3 days to spend in London so we barely even scratched the surface!  I won’t claim to have any grand insights or report on undiscovered corners of the city.  But I will say that our time was a…

As British As Apple Pie?


Unexpected Food Flashback While my family enjoys trying new food, or new twists on familiar food, in our travels, it’s always fun to check out the overseas extensions of McDonald’s.  What many Americans may not realize is how different international McD’s menus can be. My wife was surprised though to find this apple pie at…

Wrapping Up Wales


Museum Day The National Museum Cardiff, part of the National Museum Wales “network”, has a rather nice set of exhibits in the areas of art, natural history and human history.  We managed to stroll through just about all of the rooms, though we spent the most time in certain areas.  Since admission is free, it’s…

Cardiff Castle


A visit to Wales’ capital city really wouldn’t be complete without a tour of Cardiff Castle.  It’s believed that the site was used by the Romans as early as the 1st century AD, with the remains of a 3rd century fort visible in a few spots – including inside the visitors’ center and cafe area.…

The Pierhead Building


Completed in 1897, the terracotta Pierhead Building was originally the new headquarters for the Bute Dock Company, which became the Cardiff Railway Company that same year.  Cardiff was one of the world’s busiest ports during this era, with coal being one of the most lucrative exports.  In the 1920s the Cardiff Railway Co was taken…

Cliffs of Moher….And Beyond!


The Famous Cliffs A visit to County Clare in Ireland wouldn’t be complete without trekking to the Cliffs of Moher.  I don’t know that I have any profound words to say about this incredible geological feature, that haven’t already been spoken.  We spent a good part of the day walking about the trails and climbing…

Foynes Flying Boat Museum


Another installment in our Ireland trip from last Spring (2013)… Our Aer Lingus flight from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) to Shannon, Ireland (SNN) was short – barely 5 1/2 hours.  On the one hand, it was nice to arrive swiftly (well, not counting the time we spent connecting from Dayton to Boston); but on the…

Treasures in Waterford, Ireland – Part 2


Part 1: http://newlatidude.com/2014/01/05/treasures-in-waterford-ireland-part-1/ Waterford Medieval Museum Conveniently located right beside the Bishop’s Palace is the Medieval Museum, which first opened in August 2012.  Our visit was shortly after the formal grand opening in March 2013, so it was a unique day in that we experienced both the “new carpet smell” and antiques from the Middle…