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Welcome to the Adventures of Larry and Connie Farquhar.

Week 1 - 2023 "Lands" Epic Adventure

Blarney Castle Blarney Castle, Ireland

We did have a small hiccup with our connecting flight from Boston, MA to London, England. We were scheduled to catch the cruise shuttle bus in London, but our flight from Boston was delayed for a couple hours (mechanical issues). Luckily, after a long overnight flight, we arrived in London and caught the shuttle bus. We even had 15 minutes to spare. 

Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

We've been floating around on the "Island Princess" cruise ship for the past week. It's a smaller cruise ship but is comfortable. Our first stop was in Falmouth, Cornwall, England. We took an all-day bus tour, visiting St. Michael's Mount, Land's End (a tourist trap) and St. Ives. Beautiful country. St. Ives was pretty busy, as it was still the British "Holiday" season, and the town was full of beach goers.

Since we were in Cornish country, Connie and I had to have an authentic Cornish Pasty. We had a meat and potato pasty. It was good, but nothing special. We also had to have a Cornish Cream Tea. Now, this was pretty good. Of course, we respected the local method of jam first, with the cream on top of the scone. On the tour bus, we met a nice couple that's on our cruise. Wayne (retired Army) and Wendy (retired Navy). We hit it off pretty quickly and we've been meeting on a daily basis for dinner, games, and drinks.

Cork, Ireland

The next day was a stop in Cork, Ireland. We had another full day bus tour of the area. Ireland is another beautiful country. I wished we had more time to explore it, but I'm glad we got a small taste. We stopped at Charles Fort, then on to the town of Kinsale. A cute little town where we walked around the shops. The next stop was a driving tour of the city of Cork. Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and third largest city on the island of Ireland.

Our daughter Leslie, along with her friend Dan, were here at the same time. They are on a 3-week self-drive tour of the country. Timing was perfect, as they were in Cork this same day. The bus tour company arranged for them to join us for lunch. We had some delicious Irish stew together. Then it was off to visit Blarney Castle. Neither Connie nor I waited the 40 minutes in line to kiss the Blarney stone while hanging upside down. But Leslie did!

Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle

Iceland

After a couple days at sea, it was time to visit Iceland. Our fist port-of-call was in Akureyri, Iceland. Again, Connie and I took a bus tour visiting Lake Myvatn viewing lava fields and old volcano craters, the Namafjall Hverir geothermal area, where we viewed boiling mud pots, and the Goðafoss Waterfall. During the tour, we stopped for a delicious lunch that included Artic Char (much like Salmon). There was a TON of "midges" (small flying insects). They were mainly annoying, getting in your eyes and mouth. We were warned to bring head nets, which we didn't have.

The next port-of-call was in Isafjörður, Iceland. This is an old town full of historic wooden houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries. Connie walked around this small town, but we didn't take any formal tours here.

Our last stop in Iceland was in Reykjavík. Located on the coast of Iceland, it is the country's capital and largest city. We didn't see much of the city. Rather, our all-day bus tour took us on the "Golden Circle" to the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where we viewed geysers, and the Gullfoss waterfall. Lunch was provided again, with delicious tomato soup and salmon. Our last stop of the day was at the Reykjavík geothermal power plant. Built on top of an active volcano, they heat water to power generators, producing enough electricity for most of the city. They also heat most of the city and provide hot water from the power plant. Another full day - we were exhausted!

After Iceland we had 2 sea days then onto Greenland!

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