Walk with giants

Wrapping our Islay tour with an Atlantic ferry to Northern Ireland, and a stroll on the basalt hexagons of the Giant’s Causeway.

We toasted our travels with a fitting final tasting at the quad-century Old Bushmills Distillery. Sláinte — we hope to be back someday!

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Philosopher’s friends

Post-conference afternoon on Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Walk, aka Cat Path, with fellow pharmacologist Angela and some largely uninterested furred and feathered locals.

Early-fall foliage was brilliant, from the Silver Pavilion Zen gardens —

— to the towering gate-climb at Nanzen-ji Temple.

Naturally, for two biology enthusiasts, a favorite was animal-themed Otoyo Shrine.

Copenhagen origins

We were privileged to join Oliver’s parents, Dieter and Veronica, for a sunny, historic weekend in Denmark’s capital.

CPH - 3Six decades back, young Dieter befriended a fellow traveller named Stanley Treanor, jointly eavesdropping a paid tour of Copenhagen City Hall. Stanley would later introduce his Dublin niece Veronica, who would wed Dieter in ’64. The couple relocated almost immediately to the States, where they raised Oliver and his siblings. This summer marked Veronica’s first Copenhagen trip of her own.

Sunday afternoon at Tivoli Gardens was an especially joyful tribute to this auspicious site in Soell family history.

Top photo credit: Veronica Soell