Dublin, Ireland – 07:00 to 19:00 (Scheduled), Actual 10:30 to 20:00
The arrival Dublin was scheduled for 07:00, but last evening the Patter stated arrival was 10:30. The ship could easily have made the posted ETA, as we sailed at a very sedate 11 kts throughout the evening. Somebody did say an announcement was made, but since Captain Kent departed this type of information is not put through the cabins, so we may have been sitting on the balcony. Weather wise, today was a big improvement on yesterday, although still a tad on the cool side.
Our final sea day on this seven day segment of the World Cruise between Fremantle and Colombo. Heading down to breakfast I had a good laugh, as another chap was heading down repeating, “Are we there yet”. This caused flash backs to our long drives to Oregon and California, when the kids were little and the frequent whines of are we there yet from the back seats. Having crossed the equator yesterday we are now well within the northern hemisphere and are experiencing uncharacteristic winds for this region.
Our plan for today is to drive the Niagara Parkway, which follows along the entire river from Fort Erie north to the small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. We were pleasantly surprised, as it is one of the rare water front roads that predominantly runs along the banks of the river affording spectacular views. Today’s agenda includes a tour of Fort Erie, drive along the river to the Falls, followed by stops at the whirlpool, Queenston Heights Park, Brock Monument, McFarlane House, Fort George and a walk around Niagara-on-the-Lake. A rather busy day of sightseeing; read on to find out if we achieved all our goals.
As a frequent visitor to Maui, our first stop is always Costco to load up with groceries and drool at the extensive selection of beers. Enroute to Shipshewana we stopped at a Chicago Costco, but they only had about 1/2 an isle of beer and it was all that yellow stuff, some of it was even labelled “Lite”. Imagine No real beer, no way I am wasting money on that stuff, so I’ll have to go shopping when we get to Shipshewana.
Read on for our experience in Shipshewana, surely it couldn’t get any worse.