Life in Europe Update

Here's some long-overdue photos of my time in London and elsewhere since I last sent a big update.  Rather than write a long spiel, the photos will count for 1,000 words each.

 Dinner with friends early on at CTLS.  (London, England.)

Dinner with friends early on at CTLS.  (London, England.)

 Cha visits. (Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London, England.)

Cha visits. (Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, London, England.)

 The view from my window. (London, England.)

The view from my window. (London, England.)

 Taking a break in Regents Park with friends.  (London, England.)

Taking a break in Regents Park with friends.  (London, England.)

 The full English.  (Cambridge, England.)

The full English.  (Cambridge, England.)

 Fantastic market.  (London, England.)

Fantastic market.  (London, England.)

 Lunch with friends at Duck & Waffle, a restaurant on the fortieth floor of Heron Tower.  (London, England.)

Lunch with friends at Duck & Waffle, a restaurant on the fortieth floor of Heron Tower.  (London, England.)

 Sampling some liqueurs at Wynand Fockink.  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

Sampling some liqueurs at Wynand Fockink.  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

 A big unofficial group dinner at a Belgian restaurant called Lieve. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

A big unofficial group dinner at a Belgian restaurant called Lieve. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

 A big vat at "The Heineken Experience."  ("The Heineken Experience" is essentially paying for a 45 minute advertisement for a mediocre beer followed by two small glasses of said mediocre beer.)  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

A big vat at "The Heineken Experience."  ("The Heineken Experience" is essentially paying for a 45 minute advertisement for a mediocre beer followed by two small glasses of said mediocre beer.)  (Amsterdam, The Netherlands.)

 A bagpiper.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

A bagpiper.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 A random street.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

A random street.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 An example of fisticuffs at a war museum.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

An example of fisticuffs at a war museum.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 My buddy David in Edinburgh Castle.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

My buddy David in Edinburgh Castle.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 The National Museum of Scotland.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

The National Museum of Scotland.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 A closeup of the cool giant "sculpture" made of tied-together balloons.  (The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.)

A closeup of the cool giant "sculpture" made of tied-together balloons.  (The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 A wedding party walks along the Royal Mile.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

A wedding party walks along the Royal Mile.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 A Scottish delicacy: the deep-fried Mars Bar.  I do not like Mars Bars, which proved an obstacle to enjoying this treat.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

A Scottish delicacy: the deep-fried Mars Bar.  I do not like Mars Bars, which proved an obstacle to enjoying this treat.  (Edinburgh, Scotland.)

 A cake waiting for me at the hotel when I met my mom in Dublin.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

A cake waiting for me at the hotel when I met my mom in Dublin.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

 Kilmainham Gaol, a prison used from the 18th century until the early part of the 20th century.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

Kilmainham Gaol, a prison used from the 18th century until the early part of the 20th century.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

 Inside Kilmainham Gaol, "BEWARE OF THE RISEN PEOPLE THAT HAVE HARRIED AND HELD[,] YE THAT HAVE BULLIED AND BRIBED."  (Dublin, Ireland.)

Inside Kilmainham Gaol, "BEWARE OF THE RISEN PEOPLE THAT HAVE HARRIED AND HELD[,] YE THAT HAVE BULLIED AND BRIBED."  (Dublin, Ireland.)

 The newer wing of Kilmainham Gaol, filming-site of "In the Name of the Father," a fantastic movie.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

The newer wing of Kilmainham Gaol, filming-site of "In the Name of the Father," a fantastic movie.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

 An alcoholic chandelier at the Jameson whiskey distillery.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

An alcoholic chandelier at the Jameson whiskey distillery.  (Dublin, Ireland.)

 Somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

Somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 Old graveyard/church somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

Old graveyard/church somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 Old graveyard/church somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

Old graveyard/church somewhere on the road from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 The Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

The Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 Me at the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

Me at the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 Above the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

Above the Cliffs of Moher.  (Ireland.)

 A rocky beach.  (Ireland.)

A rocky beach.  (Ireland.)

 More rocky beach.  (Ireland.)

More rocky beach.  (Ireland.)

 Graveyard by The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

Graveyard by The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

 By The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

By The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

 The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

The Rock of Cashel.  (Cashel, Ireland.)

 Sheep somewhere along The Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

Sheep somewhere along The Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

 Cars on a beach.  (Ireland.)

Cars on a beach.  (Ireland.)

 The town of Dingle, where we had some lunch.  (Dingle, Ireland.)

The town of Dingle, where we had some lunch.  (Dingle, Ireland.)

 A colorful place along The Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

A colorful place along The Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

 Staigue Fort.  (Ireland.)

Staigue Fort.  (Ireland.)

 Along the Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

Along the Ring of Kerry.  (Ireland.)

 Inside Adare Manor, a beautiful place.  (Adare, Ireland.)

Inside Adare Manor, a beautiful place.  (Adare, Ireland.)

 Adare Manor.  (Adare, Ireland.)

Adare Manor.  (Adare, Ireland.)

 Vines growing on Adare Manor.  (Adare, Ireland.)

Vines growing on Adare Manor.  (Adare, Ireland.)

 Trees on the Adare Manor grounds.  (Adare, Ireland.)

Trees on the Adare Manor grounds.  (Adare, Ireland.)

 Blarney Castle.  (Blarney, Ireland.)

Blarney Castle.  (Blarney, Ireland.)

 Me kissing the Blarney Stone.  (Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland.)

Me kissing the Blarney Stone.  (Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland.)

 At a BBC Radio 4 taping of "The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell," a comedy show I like.  (London, England.)

At a BBC Radio 4 taping of "The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell," a comedy show I like.  (London, England.)

 More at the BBC Radio 4 taping of "The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell."  (London, England.)

More at the BBC Radio 4 taping of "The Unbelievable Truth with David Mitchell."  (London, England.)

 Somewhere in the Highlands.  (Scotland.)

Somewhere in the Highlands.  (Scotland.)

 Eilean Donan Castle.  (Near Dornie, Scotland.)

Eilean Donan Castle.  (Near Dornie, Scotland.)

 A "Butler's Bell Pull" in Eilean Donan Castle.  (Near Dornie, Scotland.)

A "Butler's Bell Pull" in Eilean Donan Castle.  (Near Dornie, Scotland.)

 The harbor of Ullapool, Scotland, from which a lot of my maternal ancestors hail.  (Ullapool, Scotland.)

The harbor of Ullapool, Scotland, from which a lot of my maternal ancestors hail.  (Ullapool, Scotland.)

 Some good seafood at The Ceilidh Place.  (Ullapool, Scotland.)

Some good seafood at The Ceilidh Place.  (Ullapool, Scotland.)

 Post-demolition seafood.  (The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, Scotland.)

Post-demolition seafood.  (The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, Scotland.)

 A pretty vista somewhere on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

A pretty vista somewhere on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

 A conspicuous phone booth on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

A conspicuous phone booth on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

 Part of a friendly clydesdale family on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

Part of a friendly clydesdale family on the drive from Ullapool to John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

 Me at John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

Me at John O'Groats.  (Scotland.)

 A family photo between John O'Groats and Dunnet Head.  (Scotland.)

A family photo between John O'Groats and Dunnet Head.  (Scotland.)

 A worthwhile warning at Dunnet Head.  (Scotland.)

A worthwhile warning at Dunnet Head.  (Scotland.)

 Signs for various unpopular destinations on the way back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

Signs for various unpopular destinations on the way back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

 A sheep on the wrong side of the fence on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

A sheep on the wrong side of the fence on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

 Roadside view on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

Roadside view on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

 Another sheep on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

Another sheep on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

 Still another sheep on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

Still another sheep on the drive back to Ullapool.  (Scotland.)

 Not something I expected to see.  (Vaguely near Ullapool, Scotland.)

Not something I expected to see.  (Vaguely near Ullapool, Scotland.)

 A large animal with a bad hair day.  (Vaguely near Ullapool, Scotland.)

A large animal with a bad hair day.  (Vaguely near Ullapool, Scotland.)

 Stonehenge.  (England.)

Stonehenge.  (England.)

 Friends and me at Stonehenge.  (England.)

Friends and me at Stonehenge.  (England.)

  A BBC taping of "QI," maybe my favorite TV show, yesterday.  (London, England.)

A BBC taping of "QI," maybe my favorite TV show, yesterday.  (London, England.)