Carl and Kathy Pagles first traveled to England and Scotland in 2006 when they visited their son who was stationed at the Mildenhall RAF base near London. It was a perfect excuse for the trip because they had wanted to visit “Great Britain” ever since college days. That initial introduction to England and Scotland lasted three weeks and allowed them to drive with Wesley, their son, through the English countryside, touring castles and churches while falling absolutely under the spell of anything Scottish.
“Celtic Highlights” will be the topic of the travelogue slide presentation by Carl and Kathy Pagles on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Blount County Public Library.
Five years later, Carl and Kathy returned to revisit some of their favorite places and more. This time, instead of travelling with their son, they joined 42 other intrepid souls on a lively tour of five countries – Scotland, England, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Five countries, hundreds of miles, a Welsh bus driver and native guides who spoke with Scottish, English and Irish accents (depending on locale), glorious scenery, and places that they had previously only read about, combined to make another glorious trip to the homeland so many Americans claim.
Kathy, the Director of the Blount County Public Library, and Carl, an account executive in the printing business, love to travel and have covered many miles in the United States and Canada since they married 44 years ago. They’ve visited the mountains of Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and western Canada, lived on the plains of Kansas, played on beaches along the eastern seaboard and in the Bahamas, walked the streets of Old Quebec City and most recently have loved living in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Not unlike the Smokies, the rocky crags of the Scottish highlands, the slate hillsides of Snowdonia, and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, will probably lure them back again. Until then, there are pictures…more than 2,000, but they’ll not make you sit through them all as they present “Celtic Highlights.”
Free and open to the public...