British Isles Cruise – Belfast Ireland – Titanic Museum – Belfast Castle

The ship docks at the pier, the pink buses are waiting to take the tourists into town. And off they go to see the sites of this Irish city. While I was growing up, nobody thought one day Belfast Ireland would become a tourist stop for the thousands that visit each day on the cruise ships. It certainly now is.

Exterior view of Belfast City Hall.

City Hall - Belfast IrelandThe Titanic museum which opened in 2012.

Titanic Museum which opened in 2012 - Belfast Ireland

Looking out from Belfast City Hall.

Courtyard city hall - Belfast Ireland

Marble staircase inside Belfast city hall.

Interior stairs City Hall - Belfast IrelandMy reflection inside Belfast Castle. As the On/Off bus dropped us of at the Castle, the driver said the next bus would be along in an hour. I asked someone who was getting on the bus if the Castle was worth an hour’s visit. He said a half hour would do it. He was right. Turns out the next bus, which was an open air double decker bus came along in a half hour. Just the right amount of time to see the Castle.

Reflection photo Belfast Castle

On the open air double decker bus, the trees are up close and personal.

Open air 2nd deck of bus as trees wiz by - Belfast Castle

The Beacon of Hope statue on the Laganside waterfront.

Beacon of Hope wire statue - Belfast Ireland

The Victoria Square Shopping Centre has an elevated dome which offers views of the city, so of course I took photos of my shoes on the staircase leading down.

Staircase leading to viewing platform of shopping center in Belfast IrelandDowntown Belfast IrelandH&W crane that stands over 300 feet tall. There currently is no work for the crane, but our drive mentioned “they” were going to build a restaurant atop the crane. It certainly would offer amazing views if built.

H&W Gantry crane over 300 feet tall - Belfast IrelandThe Ikea international airport. OK, not really. It’s just a jet taking off past the Ikea store.

Jet taking off from Belfast Ireland airport

The Lanyon Building of Queen’s University. Not too bad of a photo from the 2nd deck of a bus going 30 mph.

The Lanyon Building of Queen

The last pink bus of the day returned passengers back to the ship before we blow out of town.

One of the pink buses that took the Princess Line ship


Jeff Fisher ties record for most losses by head coach in NFL and is fired by Los Angeles Rams

Sunday’s loss by the Los Angeles Rams to the Atlanta Falcons was head coach Jeff Fisher’s 165 career NFL loss. That loss tied him with former NFL coach Dan Reeves. The only bright spot in tying the record for Fisher was that it took Dan Reeves 18 fewer games to set the record.
But that turned out to be the only bright spot as the Rams then fired coach Fisher with three games remaining in the 2016 NFL regular season.
Coach Fisher seen in the white shirt and cool sunglasses from this 2014 regular season game against the 49ers at Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Rams head Jeff Fisher in white shirt and cool sunglasses during the 2014 meeting between the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers at Levi


British Isles Cruise – Cobh Ireland – Blarney Castle – St Coleman’s Cathedral

The fourth day of this journey brought us ashore in Cobh, Ireland. The featured destination from this stop is the Blarney Castle about a 45 minute drive away. As one would imagine, the marquee item at the castle is the Blarney Stone. Had I waited in the one hour and fifteen minute line I would had the opportunity to have my souvenir photo taken and then laid on my back at the top of the castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. I didn’t.

OK, this is what the Blarney Castle would look like if it had the sky from another photo I took about 4 days after instead of the very white sky that appeared on our visit to the castle.

Blarney Castle - home of the Blarney Stone

Tight roads are large buses filled with tourists make for interesting passing. As you can see from the scratch marks on the mirror, not all the passing go by successfully.

Tight squeeze between tour buses.

I don’t remember what we purchased from this store, but it might have been one of the more than 300 products that are cheaper than Tesco’s like the sign set. I just liked the very red color of the building.

The painted red T.M.C. food market - Cobh, Ireland

The light colored gates offset the dark grey colors of St. Coleman’s cathedral in Cobh, Ireland.

Exterior view St. Coleman

The main entrance to St. Coleman’s cathedral.

Main entrance St. Coleman

Interior photos of St. Coleman’s cathedral.

Interior photo of St. ColemanInterior photo of arches in St. Coleman

The interesting part of this photo are the chimneys. Seen from above, you can tell how many fireplaces each house has by counting the number of flues on the chimney. I must have actually been listening to one of the tour guides instead of taking photos because I am positive I didn’t have that bit of information stored somewhere in my brain before this trip.

Chimneys for multiple fireplaces in Cobh, Ireland homes.


Rainy and wet return to California for New England Patriot Quarterback Tom Brady

There was a wee bit of moisture in the air during much of the game. OK, that’s a slight understatement. By the end of the 2nd quarter it was pouring, and it rained hard through most of the first 3 quarters. This photo of Patriot quarterback Tom Brady walking off the field at the end of the second quarter shows just how hard it was raining yesterday at Levi’s Stadium.

At halftime the Patriots held a 13 – 10 lead over the 49ers. The Patriots went on to win 30 to 17 with Tom Brady throwing four touchdown passes.

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady


Super Moon November 14, 2016 – Largest Perigee Full Moon till 2032

This Monday the 14th of November, 2016 will treat sky watchers to the largest Super Moon since Harry Truman was President of the United States. The moon will turn precisely full on November 14, 2016 at 5:52 AM Pacific Standard Time for those of you on the West Coast.
At that time, the moon will be 221,524 miles from earth. In this Super Moon from 2014, the Moon which features the spot where Apollo 11 landed was 221,783 miles away. 

2014 Super Moon with landing site of Apollo 11 indicated.