Wednesday, September 11, 2019

One World Trade Center New York City

One World Trade Center NYC / G Sutton 2016

One World Trade Center, or Freedom Tower, stands tall amidst other edifices on the World Trade Center site.

The building's spire was completed 10 May 2013. And it is the tallest building in the United States. 

The One World Trade Center height of 1776 feet reminds Americans when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

NYC Skyline / G Sutton 7 May 2016

The original World Trade Center buildings were on the site from 1970 to 2001. We will never forget 9/11, 11 September 2001 when 2,996 people were murdered by terrorists using airplanes as weapons, which crashed into the North Tower (8:46 am) and the South Tower (9:59 am).

Friday, July 26, 2019

Royal Air Force Museum London England UK

The Royal Air Force Museum is open daily. It is located at Grahame Park Way in NW London.

In addition to a variety of aircraft, the museum illustrates the history of British Flight and the people that made it possible.

Sopwith Triplane

Avro Lancaster

There's also a memorial to the Americans who served from 1942-1945.

When I visited in 2018, admission was free. Check their website for more information.

Windsor Castle England

Windsor Castle/Geoff Sutton 2019
Windsor Castle is an impressive castle with more than 900 years of history. In fact, according to the official website, "Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world."

We took a train from Waterloo station in London and headed west to Windsor. We followed the signs by the station for the short walk. In front of the castle is a statue of Queen Victoria.

We arrived a few minutes after opening time, bought tickets, and joined an included tour.

Tour Guide (in uniform)

After the tour, we picked up the included audio guide and made our way around the grounds.

The oldest part of the Castle dates to the 11th Century when William the Conqueror began construction on a high hill near London.

Old Tower at Windsor
The section where the Queen lives when in residence is off in a corner far from the touring area.

Guards were walking about in the lower area near the bookstore--St George's Chapel is in the background.

View from the lower area of Windsor Castle.

Following is a video, which includes additional photos and some video clips.

Friday, July 19, 2019

St Columba's Church Drumcliffe Ireland

St Columba's Church, Drumcliff, Ireland / Geoff Sutton 2019

Inside St Columba's Church

Church location: Drumcliffe Parish Church Drumcliffe  Sligo  Republic of Ireland

The grave of W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) is in the Drumcliffe Cemetery. He died in France. His remains were brought back in 1948. His great-grandfather was a rector in Drumcliffe.

There's also a Celtic High cross in the cemetery.

Not far from the cross, is an Irish Round Tower. They were originally bell towers and are found near churches and monasteries in Ireland and Scotland.

Signage at this church stop.

St Columba's Church Sign

Drumcliffe Monastery

Round Tower Sign, Drumcliffe

Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Londonderry, also known as Derry, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. The name derives from the old Irish name of Daire, meaning an oak grove. The city was chartered by James I in 1613.

We our lunch in a small cafe by the city hall.

Across the street is Peace Bridge across the River Foyle, opened 25 June 2011.

Londonderry is also known as the Walled City - a few photos.

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland / Geoff Sutton 2019

In the centre of the above photo is a 20 metre rope bridge maintained by the National Trust. It stands 30 metres above the rocks.

I'll add a couple more photos from our stop along the coastal route.

On a clear day, it is possible to glimpse the coast of Scotland

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland /Geoff Sutton 2019
On a cold and windy 13 June, we walked along the trail to the seafront at the Giant's Causeway. It's truly a jewel along the Antrim coast. 

Comparing the unusual formations to people gives some idea of the size of the stone columns.

The panorama might help capture the breadth of the rugged landscape.

But along the trail, flowers add additional colour.

Storyboards indicate it is a world heritage site. An audio tour is available in the visitors centre.

You can walk for miles along the trail so, deciding on the time to stop is a personal choice. A walk down and time in the center can consume a couple of hours. Others might want the better part of a day.