Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Lovely Crossing

The Queen Mary 2 is such a civilized way to cross the Atlantic.  Eating, drinking, napping, reading, lolling without ever feeling guilty about not going ashore for exploration because there is no shore!  The very best part - no jet lag because we lost one hour every day at noon when the Captain (who sounded exactly like John Cleese doing a Monty Python shipboard sketch) popped on the PA system to tell all 2600 passengers and 1200 crew about the ocean floor and the time change.  A typical 7-day voyage serves 50 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, 12 tons of meat, 8 tons of poultry, and 13 tons of seafood.  No wonder we ate so much!  They didn't tell us how much booze is consumed, but that would be an interesting statistic.
We arrived in Southampton on Friday morning, when Julie and Robert went to London for the weekend and will return to Lake Charles tomorrow.   Al and I had a little tour of Southampton then flew to Dublin and checked into the World's Smallest Hotel Room.  It's clean and centrally located, but you have to step outside to change your mind. It makes Homer look like a gigantic palace.   Last night we dined at The Church, which is exactly what it sounds like.  A church built in 1700 is now a restaurant.  Arthur Guinness was married there.  Jonathan Swift attended services there.  Handel's Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and he regularly practiced on the huge pipe organ, which is still there.  Wow!
There are no photos because I can't seem to get them from the camera to the Galaxy Tablet.  I need so much help, but the priority is having fun, so you'll just have to imagine it.  You can do online searches of all the places we go and pretend that I took those fancy shots.  Have a great weekend celebrating my birthday.  Will you still love me when I'm 64?

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