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23rd March 2014

Sounds great!
Hi Merry Jo and Dave, You've convinced me that the Northern Island coast road is a must-see asap. I loved your photos too. Rock on, Sheila
23rd March 2014

Wait a minute....
You are from Ireland. ..... haven't you seen the northern coast? What town are you from? We are currently in Cong at the Ashford Castle. Enjoying a bit of luxury. You'll have to see more of Ireland.
22nd March 2014
Giant's Causeway

Fab holiday!
Basalt columns, a swinging bridge, green hills, a walled city and juicy history--what a fabulous holiday! I was so glad to read that you were going slower on this jaunt--it sounds as if you're making the most of these places--some of my faves in the world. Incidentally, if you sing to the sheep, they'll generally face you--maybe they just want me to shut up, but I get good photos. Cheers!
22nd March 2014
Giant's Causeway

Singing to the sheep?
Clearly you've never heard MJ sing! ha ha. The slower pace is really agreeing with us. We are enjoying some down time and exploring at leisure.
21st March 2014

So Jealous!
An Irish road trip! We are so jealous. The pictures are great, and the more sheep the better! If Nanci had her way every picture would be babies or squirrels! Thanks for sharing and we look forward to your next adventure...
21st March 2014

Road tripping in Ireland
The narrow roads are a challenge to us as we are used to those big highways. Plus we are entertained by the fact that many people park their cars on those narrow streets. Love it. More sheep to come...we promise. Got some great photos of them today. Heading into the countryside next.
21st March 2014

Sounds like perfect Irish weather...
a Bushmill's Irish whiskey would have warmed you up! You might want to visit the Belleek porcelain factory (Google it) if you pass that way.
21st March 2014

Perfect Irish Weather
As a matter of fact that is true. A mix of everything and it is fine with us. We've actually been happy that we have not had much rain until the last few days. We consider ourselves fortunate. We are much of whiskey drinkers so we skipped the Bushmills tour. But you are right it would have warmed us up.
21st March 2014

Rainy days
It never stopped raining when I was there, glad you made it to Derry and the wall tour and also the Giants Causeway - similar geological formations are at Lands End Cornwall. I love rocks , The tea and scones will keep you going. Cheers
21st March 2014

Stops along the way
Fortunately the weather has not stopped us from doing anything we wanted to do. The rain comes and goes and we take advantage of it when it slows or stops. We will have to check out Lands End Cornwall as we love these geology lessons. The warm coffee, teas and soups do keep us going.
21st March 2014
An amazing location

Wow
I am so happy you are finding so many great things on this trip. Although the weather is not always the best, it is providing some incredible shots for you. Be safe, enjoy and keep these wonderful blogs coming.
21st March 2014
An amazing location

Finding wonderful things
As you know this trip was planned on shorter notice than our usual trips and we had not done as much research. We are thrilled at all the wonderful things we are learning and seeing. A great trip so far and the weather is merely making it a more memorable trip.
21st March 2014

Northern Ireland tour
Brrrr--I can almost feel that cold wind blowing! Spectacular scenery. And the rainbow is the perfect touch. Enjoy. :-)
21st March 2014

Whipping wind is a bit cool
It was our decision to come here in the off season and we knew we would face the elements. The temperatures have not been too bad overall. We are prepared for it and have dressed appropriately. The weather has not stopped us from doing anything we have wanted to do so no complaints. The wind chill factor...has been a factor...these 40 mile per hour winds are chilling to say the least. We wrap up and head out. We love the fog and the changing weather and scenery. We have the right attitude and enjoying it.
21st March 2014

stopping to smell the roses
Ah...the life of the eternal travellers...entertaining the senses as you explore another destination...stopping only to smell coffee and the roses...not going there about the sheep!!!
21st March 2014

Smelling the roses not the sheep
Ok, I'm a city girl and I love the sheep. I''l take the heat over that one, no problem. You'll see more photos of them I'm certain of it. I like your entertaining the senses comment-- exactly!
21st March 2014

Smelling the roses not the sheep
Ok, I'm a city girl and I love the sheep. I''l take the heat over that one, no problem. You'll see more photos of them I'm certain of it. I like your entertaining the senses comment-- exactly!
21st March 2014

Giant Geology!
So jealous you got to see the beautiful five pointed basalt columns known as Giant's Causeway. Yes, geology geek here. (You can also see these in Mammoth Lakes in CA - Devil's Post Pile I think it's called - just amazing!). The photos are absolutely gorgeous and enforce my belief that I'm destined to visit Ireland sometime in the near future! Can't wait to see more. Oh - and sheep are cute!
21st March 2014

Geology geek
Always great spending time with great rock formations. Ireland and Northern Ireland are beautiful. You must make the time to get over here. And...indeed those sheep are cute.
19th March 2014

Great immersion in history!
Belfast and Londonderry are so rich in the tragic, interesting history of that beautiful land. So glad you're getting steeped in it. You're so right about the fragility of the peace--I passed more than one pub that forbade the wearing of the colors (green or orange). The mass sounded heavenly--how wonderful that they had a choir singing on a Monday. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
19th March 2014

History class 101
Although maybe the class should be 401 because at times it seems like we are getting an upper level education. You are right about restrictions on colors in some locations. The mass was very special and we are glad we could see how they celebrate St. Patrick.
19th March 2014

intresting
Hi both,interesting to see Ireland viewed from an outsiders perspective. Both Robert and I have Irish ancestry somewhere, but I have never been to Ireland. I was completely put off by the 'Troubles' and although I know it is a very beautiful place, I doubt if I will ever go. Very nice to read such a positive article, however.
19th March 2014

Thank you for your comments
Bridget, so great to hear from you. We've thought of you often since we met. I understand how you might not make it to this part of the world but it is interesting to be here and be open to learning more. Belfast was a city I assumed I'd never visit just because of the things I'd seen and heard in the news when I was young. Times change.

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