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Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Aran Islands October 8th 2010

Thursday, October 7: Happy 80th Birthday to my Dad! This morning we were up early to catch a tour bus to the ferry and on to the Aran Island of Inishmore. We walked to the city centre and made a quick stop to buy a plugin adapter for our laptop. The clerk in the store was very helpful but I couldn't understand a word he said--seemed mostly like mumbling and reminded me of a character in a movie I once watched but I still haven't recalled the movie. The bus trip took about an hour and was a nice break for Ed from driving. We drove through County Mayo along Galway Bay getting an eyeful of the Connemara landscape. We caught the ferry at Rossaveel and had a lulling ferry ride out of the bay to ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » The Burren October 8th 2010

Wednesday, October 6: We sat in the Balinsheen solarium this morning, watching it rain outside the back window but not rain outside the front window. The weather really keeps you on your toes. After a great Irish breakfast we left horses playing in the field next to our B&B and headed south to Kilfenora, a small village sitting at the gateway to The Burren. After a quick stop at the visitor's center, we made a false start out of town, started over and encountered a 15th century castle ruin and later a stone fort ruin, Caherconnell, a stone ring fort that was common for farm families in medieval times. On to Poulnabrone Dolman, a portal tomb--a druid's altar and grave chamber from 4000 years ago. We were fortunate enough to just miss a tour bus group ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Shannon October 4th 2010

Landed in Shannon around 8:30 am--an hour earlier than scheduled. The clouds broke up just prior to our landing and we were able to have beautiful views of Ireland from the air. Picked up our rental car and were finally out of the airport around 10:30. We missed our first roundabout and ended up back at the airport. We were luckier on our second go around. Found the CarryGerry Country House with little trouble and it's terrific. By the time we got here, though, our sunshine was gone and the wind had really kicked up--sounded pretty eerie and cool from inside the house but took my breath away went I went out to the car to retrieve my backpack. We checked in and immediately took naps. We rallied by 1:30 and had tea and biscuits with ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Clare » Shannon September 28th 2010

Ed has plotted and planned for our upcoming trip to Ireland for the past several months. I think we have it and we're ready to go. Join us as we stumble our way through the our first European vacation--well MY first European vacation and OUR first together. We'll have take-off on Sunday afternoon from the Des Moines 'International' Airport and land in Shannon Monday morning via Detroit and New York City. We hope to share lots of adventures!... read more

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