Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Travelling from Derry on our way out of Ireland, we stopped at Giant’s Causeway, an incredible landscape of interlocking stone columns, then stayed overnight in Trim to visit the 5,000-year-old passage tombs, Newgrange and Knowth. The Giant’s Causeway The rock formations in the Giant’s Causeway are so beautiful and unusual. They resemble organ pipes and … Continue reading Amazing things in Ireland: Giant’s Causeway, Newgrange, and Knowth

Londonderry or Derry? Either Way, it’s Legend-Derry

If this sounds like it came from a Tourist Information PR department, that’s because it did! One of the first things that one learns in Derry, Ireland is that there is some sensitivity around its name. The city, whose history goes back to the 6th century, was initially named Derry, but was later changed to … Continue reading Londonderry or Derry? Either Way, it’s Legend-Derry

Starkville with medieval buildings

In a conversation with his brother Bill, I overheard John refer to Cambridge, England, where we now are, as “Starkville with medieval buildings.”  Starkville is, of course, Starkville, Mississippi, the home of Mississippi State University.  I knew what John meant, as both are college towns surrounded by green pasture lands.  But, Starkville with its religion … Continue reading Starkville with medieval buildings