Tony Romo retires from Dallas Cowboys – NFL career over

It would have been a good bet that Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo would have been back in action during the 2016 season after his preseason injury. Turns out he got most of his on the field action while wearing a team sweat suit and standing next to head coach Jason Garrett. By the time Romo was ready to play, his rookie replacement had the starting quarterback job, and wouldn’t be giving it up even in the playoffs. Romo would play in just one game and attempt 4 passes completing three for a total of 29 yards. The Cowboys would enter the playoffs as the number one NFC seed, and would lose their divisional round playoff game to the visiting Green Bay Packers.

Most of the on field action Romo would get during the 2016 season would be while wearing sweats waiting to recover from his preseason injury.  Seems likely he didn’t see his NFL career ending as the 2nd string quarterback. Things didn’t go all bad for Romo, as after he hangs up his cleats he will take the lead NFL game analyst spot at CBS Sports.

Quarterback Tony Romo stands alongside Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett

Tony Romo fist pumps to the crowd after the Dallas Cowboys defeat the San Francisco 49ers  on October 2, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo fist pumps the crowd after the Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers in Levi

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British Isles Cruise – Le Havre France – Cathedral Notre-Dame – Southampton England

After a day at sea, the 13th day of the trip was spent in the port town of Le Havre France. For many on the ship, the port town would be where the bus picked them up on their day’s journey to Paris. Being that we were going to spend a couple days in Paris after the cruise, a long, long bus ride there so that we could look at the Eiffel tower for a few moments wasn’t in the cards. We would be exploring the town of Le Havre.

While the most famous church in town is the Eglise St-Joseph, the Cathedrale Notre-Dame provided the greatest photo taking opportunities.

Stained glass window of the Cathedrale Notre Dame - Le Havre, France

Le Havre is first and foremost a port town that cruise ships visit so their guest can go somewhere else.

Le Havre is a major port town in northern France

Just so you know, you are here. After looking at time stamps and previous photos along with Google Maps, I was able to determine “HERE” was the tourist direction sign in front of Pharmacie Deparis at 162 Rue de Paris in La Havre, France.

You are here - Le Havre France

The interior of St. Joseph’s church.

Interior photo of Eglise St-Joseph in Le Havre France

The arches of the Cathedral Notre-Dame that survived bombings during World War Two.

The arches of the Cathedral Notre Dame that survived the bombings during World War Two - Le Havre, FranceBeautiful painting inside the Cathedral Notre Dame - Le Havre, France

No Photoshop tricks, that is just how it looked. It certainly is an impressive steam.

This French worker displays quite an impressive steam

One can spot the true genius of a photographer if they are talented enough to include their reflection in a work of art.

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See yeah Le Havre. The tall building is St Joseph’s church.

Waves splashing against the sea barrier just outside La Havre, France. The Eglise St-Joseph is the tall building in the background.

The work starts almost as soon as the ship is docked because the turn around time is only several hours before it back to sea. The early morning light gave a green tint to water in Southampton, England where we were docked.

A crane lifts the workers who must quickly get their work done as the ship is in port for only a part of the day. Southampton, England

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British Isles Cruise – South Queensferry – Edinburgh Scotland – Edinburgh Castle

The 11th day of our sea ferrying journey started with our boat parking by the Forth bridge and a tender to South Queensferry Scotland. From there it was walk to the Dalmeny train station and a train ride the Edinburgh with a final destination of Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile.

We must be in Scotland, there’s a man in a kilt playing the bagpipes.

Man in kilt playing the bagpipes streets side in Edinburgh Scotland

The Forth Road bridge between North and South Queensferry Scotland. It turns out if you google “world famous bridges”, google displays what they feel are the most famous bridges in the world. The Forth Bridge came in “20th place”, with the Golden Gate listed in the number one spot. While I didn’t cross the Fourth bridge, I did travel under it, so I think it can be crossed of the list. By the Google listing I’ve crossed the number one most famous bridge ( the Golden Gate ), walked the fifth most famous ( the Tower Bridge in London ) and eight most famous bride ( the Rialto Bridge in Venice ). I have also been inside the 33rd most famous bridge, the being the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. Since now since I’m “bragging” about all the world famous bridges I crossed, I shall mention in the 36th spot the Bay Bridge ( the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge ) which I’ve crossed hundreds of times.

Forth Road bridge - Queensferry ScotlandReflection in blue bus - Edinburgh ScotlandBuildings that appear to be hundreds of years old - Edinburgh ScotlandTaxi cab waiting for fare in Edinburgh ScotlandA rather large fireplace inside Edinburgh Castle.

Fire place inside Edinburgh Castle

The Red Room inside Edinburgh Castle. Yes, I did make up that name. It is actually the Great Hall.

The red room inside Edinburgh Castlen

Iconic Red telephone booths just outside Edinburgh Castle.

Iconic red telephone booths in Edinburgh Scotland

The slow shutter speed and panning with the cabby gives the illusion he was flying through town. As this was the Royal mile and it’s packed with tourists, the driver wasn’t really going that fast.

Ads adorn taxi cabs in Edinburgh Scotland

His eyes seem to follow you around the room. It’s magic.

Sidewalk ad for a magician in Edinburgh Scotland

The Edinburgh Waverley railway station has 21 tracks for one to choose from. Being we really wanted to get back to the ship before it left, we felt it was important to select the correct train on the right track. After a couple moments reading the schedule board we choose the track  that seemed to be right one for the train that would take us back to the Dalmeny railway station in South Queensferry where our boat was parked. Just to make absolutely sure we waiting on the correct platform, I inquired with the experts at the info counter. I asked if track 19 was the correct one for the 3:20 train to Dalmeny. The gentlemen replied it was. I also informed me it was the 3:21 train to Dalmeny. I politely informed him that where I was from, trains don’t run that on schedule. He was correct, the train left right at 3:21 pm Scottish local time.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station - Edinburgh ScotlandBlue railway car in the Edinburgh train station

Royal Mail box, of course painted Red.

Red Royal mail box - South Queensferry Scotland

To bad we saw this sign on the way back from the Railway station. It’s a long story.

Path leading to the Delmany train station in South Queensferry ScotlandPrincess Caribbean cruise shipView of what appears to be be farm as seen from our ship parked  just close by the Fourth Bridge.

Farm house in the countryside of South Queensferry Scotland

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British Isles Cruise – Greenock Ireland – Invergordon Scotland – Dunrobin Castle Golspie

Not every stop on a cruise is going to lead to an adventure that you will never forget. Days seven through 10 on our British Isles tour fall into that category. Day seven and eight were spent in the port side town of Greenock, Ireland which might be considered the gateway to Glasgow Ireland if you arrive on a ship with 5,000 people aboard.  Either our ship was too big to “park” in Glasgow, or the docking fees are much cheaper in Greenock and the Princess cruise line docked there instead.
Many homes line the sea wall of Greenock, Ireland.

Morning arrival at Glasgow Ireland

The world famous Chido Mexican Kitchen of Greenock Ireland. According to TripAdvisor.com it ranks 7th best out of the 53 restaurants in Greenock Ireland. We didn’t have a chance to sample the cuisine, I just thought it was an interesting place in a small Irish seaside town.

Chido Mexican Kitchen in Glasgow Ireland

We didn’t get a chance to see inside the the Hole in the Wa’, but it seems like an interesting place.

The Hole in the Wa

These are two photos are from our day at sea. A stop had been planned at the Orkney Islands, but bad weather prevented the stop and we were forced to sail ahead to our next stop to avoid the weather. This missed stop happened because of the bad weather unlike our missed stop to Dublin Ireland which happened because as the captain said “We have no propulsion, and we don’t know why”.  One day I will make a post about that “adventure”.

The super structure of the Princess ship Caribbean Princess.The top deck of the Caribbean Princess during a day at sea during the British Isles cruise.Morning arrival at Invergordon Scotland aboard the Caribbean PrincessRays of sunlight aboard the Caribbean Princess

While in port at Invergordon Scotland a wonderful rainbow appeared.

While in port at Invergordon Scotland a rainbow appearedChruch in Invergordon Scotland

The Caribbean Princess which is 951 feet bow to stern and is able to hold 3,600 passengers and is shown here docked at Invergordon, Scotland.

Passengers walk back to the Caribbean Princess docked in Invergordon Scotland

The Dunrobin Castle in Golspie Scotland as seen from the “backyard”.

Durnrobin castle viewed from well manicured yard in Golspie ScotlandThe green yards of Dunrobin Castle in Golspie, Ireland

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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 driver 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

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