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Published: July 10th 2014
Tony is so very glad Michelle is learning to play hearts. She is practicing by trouncing the computer.
Day 23 - Aran Islands - A trip back in time
We started the morning with a good breakfast and some laundry before heading to the west coast and the ferry to the Aran Islands. Anne really wanted to see the islands and the nearby Cliffs of Moher, the home of millions of nesting seabirds. The Aran Islands are 3 islands off the west coast of Ireland near Doolin. The largest only has a population of 900 people. Ferries regularly travel between the islands and the mainland but the 30 min crossing can be quite rough. Today was a "mild" day but still provided a bit of chop and rocking. The ferries were nothing like the ferries across the SF Bay, being much smaller. Michelle and Tony enjoyed standing in the bow watching the waves and jellyfish that floated under the ferry. There was a bit of debate as to what a group of jellyfish is called. Anne firmly believes it should be a "jar" of jellyfish. Michelle was excited to see jellyfish that were not bred in captivity. Once on the island we found a pub to eat at and then caught a ride in a pony cart up
Ready to Depart
All smiles and hoodless before we start. Pretty soon, it was glasses off, hoods tight as the wind made a thrilling entrance.
to the ridge to see the ruins of a 15th century and an 18th century castle. The view of the island was awesome. A quick bu scenic walk down from the ridge (where Anne may have gotten slightly carried away with taking scenic pictures) and we made it to a beautiful white sand beach. Michelle really wanted to check out the rocks at one end but on our way we saw a crowd at the edge of the water. They were watching the local dolphin that often comes to watch the tourists. The dolphin would come right up to the shallows and swim by people in the water. After our beach time we climbed back aboard the ferry to head out to the Cliffs of Moher. The sheer cliffs are over 600 ft high and home to all types of seabirds including puffins. The ride out the the cliffs was a bit rougher than the ride to the island as the rain and mist started to creep in. We all climbed to the top of the ferry to ride out the waves. It felt like we were on a roller coaster. The cliffs were incredible and Anne took many great
Tons of Jellyfish.... what is the grouping called? Anne thinks it should be "Jar".
pictures though many times Tony was afraid she would drop her phone. Once we returned to shore we were all windblown and slightly damp. We headed home and tried to eat all the leftovers before packing up for our flight back to the UK tomorrow.
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