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July 25th 2009
Published: July 25th 2009
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Driving Route for the Middle of the Trip


Kilkenny GreensKilkenny GreensKilkenny Greens

Very calming
We crammed 6 people and like 12 bags into a Euro-style minivan, an Opel Zafira, and starting driving south from Dublin. My dad Howie had to quickly learn how to drive on the left side of the road and in a stick shift car, no easy task. I may have pooped myself a few times along the way, because a lot of the country roads were tiny.

Along the road south, we stopped in Kilkenny (great name) to explore the small-towniness of it and to see the Castle Greens.

The next two days were spent exploring Cork in the south of Ireland. I swear, the people down here were some of the nicest people I've ever met. In Cork, we spoke for hours with a string-instrument-maker who's made a guitar on commission for James Taylor, and offered one to Willie Nelson. This man shared his musical knowledge, his technical knowledge of instruments, his political understanding of Ireland and the world, and even made us all coffee in his shop.

Later on the trip, we drove up the west coast of Ireland to see beautifully huge cliffs, cows in the road, small surfing towns, and The Burren, a vast
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Twins at Kilkenny Castle
rock formation that is a remnant from the Ice Age. Jawdropping in its simple beauty. Lots of fun too.


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Town SceneTown Scene
Town Scene

Painter and the Old Lady.
Blaa Blaa Blaa SandwichesBlaa Blaa Blaa Sandwiches
Blaa Blaa Blaa Sandwiches

I sense a lack of creativity. Those sandwiches must be amazing, otherwise that place would not be able to stay in business
Irish BreakfastIrish Breakfast
Irish Breakfast

4 kinds of meat!
Mr. Martin FahertyMr. Martin Faherty
Mr. Martin Faherty

Stringed instrument maker, politico, and gentleman.
Handmade ViolinsHandmade Violins
Handmade Violins

These were made by hand by Mr. Faherty who makes violins, guitars, mandolins, and cellos.
Olives at the English Market in CorkOlives at the English Market in Cork
Olives at the English Market in Cork

It reeked so good of spices, garlic, and olives.
Wide Open SkiesWide Open Skies
Wide Open Skies

while driving the west coast of Ireland
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Steph and I jumping excitedly

in Lahinch, Ireland. Cool surfing town
The Amazing BurrenThe Amazing Burren
The Amazing Burren

These rock formations with natural cracks occuring in patterns are basically unchanged since the Ice Age.
Mom and Dad Getting LiftedMom and Dad Getting Lifted
Mom and Dad Getting Lifted

... over The Burren


25th July 2009

OY, your land! - Countryside...
Wow, you are one gooood Foto-Graffer. Hahaha... Cool pics you took. I like your new camerizi. :)
25th July 2009

two blogs of Ireland
Dear Gadiel, I was very pleased to get both of your blogs of your Ireland trip. I like your fotos which give an impression of this country. Regards Edi
27th November 2010
Blaa Blaa Blaa Sandwiches

Blaa Blaa Blaa sandwiches
Yes, sandwiches are amazing thanks! Our shop is called after the locally baked 'blaa' which is a floury bap, it is also a play on words and enjoyed by tourists every year as they take photos of our shop.

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