My darling daughter turned 21, and I got the great pleasure of treating her to a week in London. Of the many highlights, here are a few.


Taking photos of graffiti near Waterloo bridge. Getting a kick out of reading the names on the subway map & recognizing so many of them from pop culture
IMG_2902Playing tourist and checking out the locals.

Cramming in as many amazing exhibitions as our eyeballs and feet would allow.

Being Irish I thought I had a clue about the Celts, but this exhibition was an eye opener in more ways than one.


Worn out!

Only through a bloody miracle and some marginally immoral behavior did we catch  our flight for a quick visit back to the West of Ireland. She was looking mysteriously celtic!

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Clew Bay, Co. Mayo

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Lough Carra Floods

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A small gem of sunshine

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Mother and daugher


25 thoughts on “Celts!

  1. kikirosner

    Lovely Melissa, and so true about the Gundestrup Cauldron and the first series of True Detective!…Creeeepy is right ! Clearly you both made the very most of your time on the “Islands” ! xox

  2. Munira

    Love the picture of the half-submerged boat, your sleeping 21-yr old (happy birthday to her! What are the characteristic features of Celts?) and the mother-daughter pony/mule duo 🙂 And the phrase ‘gem of sunshine’ really appealed to me for some reason too.

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Glad you enjoyed the photos, Munira. Good question about the Celts–there’s no easy answer but if you follow the “Celts” link in the blog it takes you to a very good description from the British Museum’s exhibition. Thank for reading!

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Thanks, Karina. Yet another flying visit to Ireland. Hope to see you in the summer though. All the best, Melissa

      1. Murtagh's Meadow

        Looking forward to seeing you in the Summer Melissa. Hope your parents are keeping well. K

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Thanks, Jeanne. She’s a great traveling companion. I walked her off her feet in London but never a word of complaint.

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Thanks, Adele. I’m a very lucky woman to have such a great daughter and to be able to take a trip like that.

  3. neverest1

    pictures are fab, even in grey London is one of my favorite cities. Or my fave, dunno. Montreal and Paris naturally are up there. Smaller would be Prague or Venice Glad you loved it, you can smell the excitement and affection.

    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      Thanks so much, Melissa. One of the greatest pleasures in my life has been getting to know my daughter as an adult and friend.


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