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Europe Three Ways

We left Dublin but not before watching the grand opening of their new stadium. The Irish friendly against Argentina was without Maradona but Messi played most of the match. For the lads in green, Robbie Keane celebrated his 100th CAP, but a dismal effort landed the visitors a 1-0 win.



Then our best Friend, which we shall call "Ryan", took us on our first of two el cheapo flights. No in-flight mag and no seat reclining, but they do play the Kentucky Derby starter trumpet sound for another on-flight arrival, this time in Edinburgh.



We happened to arrive at the beginning of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a city-wide amateur showcase of nearly 1,000 comedians, actors and performance aritsts. Our new Couchsurfing friend Stephen took us to High Street for the action.



It is the best fesitval I have ever seen - small venues and audience participation. Every comedian sounded like Mike Myers during his Scottish skits on SNL. I only wished for a reprise of "Scottish Soccer Hooligan Weekly."

Chris and I also to a day trip to the home of golf. By chance, my uncle Joe had a tee time at the Old Course at St. Andrews. I was on the bag for a wind-swept round amidst the wide, rolling fairways and deep pot bunkers.



Another puddle jump and we found some ping-pong and lawn movies at a small park in the 13th arrondissement (Julie Delpy basically making a Before Sunride/Before Sunset screenplay of her own in  "2 Days in Paris."

My French leaves something to be deisired, but I would called this "La Mignonne Coccinelle Dans le Musee de Pompidou.

 
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I would call this "Huh? Je ne sais pas."


 
A glass of Bordeaux and a Ricard and we will sign off for now. Thanks for checking in friends...


 

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