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Recent news bulletins have been full of the on-going economic crisis in the Republic of Ireland. This has prompted me to review tour images. Putting aside the economic mess, Ireland remains an attractive place to tour. When the rain abates there is wonderful, undulating scenery, Gaelic culture, castles, history, heritage and much more. Unfortunately,the Republic is locked into the Euro so the exchange rate remains fairly firm and not particularly cheap for visitors.

This is a shot from the geological wonder known as the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

Giant's Shoe AT Giant's Causeway

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This morning, I collected my guests from the Argyll Guest House in Sauchiehall Street to embark on a Charles Rennie Mackintosh themed tour of Glasgow.
Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a multi-skilled artist, architect and designer. He was Glasgow based where most of his legacy can be found. From time to time he worked in conjunction wit his wife, Margaret Macdonald who was a decorative artist. 
Our first stop was House for an Art Lover which was completed in 1996 from a design dating from 1901. Unfortunately, the interior was not open to the public this morning but we were able to admire the building from the exterior.

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 This evening, my theme is Scottish lochs of which there are some 32,000 of the freshwater variety plus may other sea lochs (fjords). Loch is invariably incorrectly pronounced ‘lock. The name is of Gaelic origin and means lake or body of water.

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