“It was fun to see the former royal yacht Britannia which served as the Royal ramily’s seagoing palace for over 42 years,” she said. “On Sunday, we were delighted with a side trip to Dufermline, arriving at the Church of Scotland’s Dunfermaline Abbey just in time for the first church service. It was great to see that it was a viable, engaged congregation.
"Highlights of Dublin included a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, and Trinity College, its oldest university. It houses the Book of Kells, the ornately illustrated four Gospels, written by monks of the Kells’ monastery. The Book of Kells is kept in a glass case in a room with muted lighting. Two Gospels are shown at a time and pages are turned each day."
In Paris, Ruth Ann was most impressed with experiencing the Louvre which is much larger and more grand than she could have imagined. She was particularly impressed with seeing the Mona Lisa “up close and personal” and being allowed to take a picture of the painting. Other great works of art she enjoyed included “Winged Victory,” “Venus de Milo,” and the painting “The Wedding Feast at Cana.”
An exciting event was having lunch on the first level of the Eiffel Tower and going to the top (l,063 feet) for a magnificent view of Paris, then lingering to watch the city light up at night.
Having only two days in London caused some in their group to feel they had not had enough time to see everything noteworthy. However, Ruth Ann had spent considerable time there on a previous visit, so she contented herself with re-visiting the Tower of London and getting a glimpse of the Crown Jewels.
An exciting evening climaxed their visit when they saw a lively rendition of the musical “Wicked.”