Dublin, Ireland and Liverpool, England

Dublin was founded by the Vikings, Dubh Linn, which means black pool. The bay is quite muddy looking.

Arthur Guinness was founder of the famous Guinness brewery in 1759 and inventor of probably the world’s greatest beer, and Ireland’s most famous export.

The Three Tenors — Like. On board entertainment, so good.
“Damsha – Song and Dance Co” Ireland’s future.

John and I went on a bus city tour, but seemed to take no pictures. But accumulated lots of trivia only half of which I can remember and the other half I can’t read from my notes taken while riding in the bus! But I did take a cooking class from Catherine Byrne Fulvio in County Wicklow, aka the “Garden of Ireland.” She can be seen on Netflix, Lord’s & Ladles. (like a soup ladle, not ladies). She made scones and they were better than I had had before and I learned I must use Kerrygold Butter.

That looks good!
No rolling pin? NO
Dip tops in beaten egg/water mix then sugar and bake. Umm good. Really tasty!

I find it impossible not to believe that there’s something in Irish blood that favors their power with words.” ~ Jim Harrison

Thomas Moore, Ireland’s answer to Robert Burns, is the perfect example of an Irish bard.

George Bernard Shaw, grew up in Dublin, moved to London and wrote Pygmalion, later becoming My Fair Lady

Jonathon Swift, became dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin in the 1600’s and is known for writing Gulliver’s Travels.

And we all know St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock, three leaf clover, to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The traditional Irish symbol of a shamrock does not include the fourth leaf.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” ~ James A. Michener

Cooking demo by Wayan from Bali and Karen from Wales preparing Glamorgan Sausages and Welsh Cakes, I saved the recipes Cathy S.

Liverpool, England

On top of the Liver Building are two birds, a mythical creature which is the symbol of the city. It is said that the bird facing the water is female and waiting for her husband to return home. The other one facing inland is male waiting for the Liverpool pubs to open!

Wellington’s Column, or the Waterloo Memorial, is a monument to the Duke of Wellington. The statue is made from the melted-down bronze from cannons captured at the Battle of Waterloo.

Some more interesting tidbits: Liverpool was greatly instrumental in winning the Battle of the Atlantic from 1939-45. It was the most bombed city in England outside of London during WW2 due to it being England’s largest western port for ships bringing supplies from US and Canada.

Hometown of 56 musical artists who have had #1 singles, more than any other city, Liverpool is celebrated as the “World Capital of Pop.” Most notably the Beatles.

We had fun singing Penny Lane on the Bus.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain’s biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe. Designed by a Catholic architect, it was started in 1904 and finished in 1978, interrupted by 2 World Wars. 

Magnificent art work
Giles Gilbert Scott the architect of the above Cathedral also designed the famous
English phone booth.

Contrasting, Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral built 1961-67, was designed by a Protestant.