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Europe » Ireland October 23rd 2022

Hey folks I am still in Dublin . I had booked an extra 4 days here after Edinburgh. I had thoughts of exploring the South shore but seem to have runout of energy . I return home on Tuesday …and hope the snow will be gone . ... read more

Europe » Ireland October 17th 2022

Oh my I feel good . I slept 9 hours last night and it was great . I hadn't realized how tired I was . Being on the go for 10 days with many start times at 8ish and not going to bed till later does catch up to one's body . All the driving is tiring as well . I also had more trouble with jet lag this time . Melatonin doe s help but the tossing and turning takes its toll . Anyway a great sleep last night and now on my own schedule. I believe I left the blog in Derry . I forgot to mention a stop we did at a place called Knock . It is pilgrimage site where Mary , Joseph and John appeared to the villagers. It has been ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Sligo October 14th 2022

Damn I just lost an entry i was working on ! Very annoying. Yesterday we drove out to the CLIFFS of Moher . They truly are an awesome site . The weather cooperated although the wind was freezing . Fortunately I had all my layers . I certainly am getting my walking done on this trip . A lot of it is uphill or up many stairs . It will seem tame when I return to the gym . This tour is titled the Highlights of Ireland which means we are doing quite a lot of driving . Fortunately our bus is very comfortable , has WiFi and charging docks and we make "technical stops " every 2 hours or so .The countryside is lovely . Very green in spite of this summers drought and scorching ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway October 12th 2022

The drive from Dublin to Kilarney was four hours long with one stop . It was pretty enough and I did get to do the blog so I shouldn't complain. Kilarney has a compact town center easy to navigate . There Is a National Park in the center which was once a private estate. There are acres of land , much of it mowed green grass , a mansion/museum and flower beds and pathways all the way down to a lake . Historically there are churches. I have found most of the churches to be Church of Ireland NOT Catholic which surprises me . Dining was again an event . I had roast lamb with a cider for my beverage . Both were great . The evening was capped with a 90 minute Celtic performance . ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny October 10th 2022

Leaving Dublin after my first 4 day stay . Lovely city , easy to get around and lots to see and do . I checked out of my b n b and found my way to the hotel with little problem . As always I was to early to check in so chose to visit Dublin Castle . Such an amazing history all the way back to the Vikings , Part of the tour showed us the footings they had built when the first fort came into existence. They were only unearth in the recent past . The scale of the original castle was really large . Kind of hard to get my head around as the whole notion is so foreign to our history . The fact that it has existed in various conditions for ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin October 7th 2022

Arrived yesterday after an uneventful flight . I was however reminded of the goodness of people in the Toronto airport . While changing into my comfortable long distance flight clothes I had taken my tablet out to set it on flight mode . I was quite perplexed when I was paged to come to the desk in the departure area . I was first asked for some ID then I was presented with my tablet . I had forgotten it in the washroom and someone had turned it in . Wow ! It affirms my belief that people are good. Arriving in Dublin at 8:30 was good although it was raining. Fortunately it didn't last too long . I found my bus and my BnB with little difficult . I was able to drop my luggage ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cobh October 1st 2022

1st October After the wet weather yesterday it was lovely to see the sunshine this morning as we made the journey from Belfast to Cobn. Another unexpected port of call as we had to cancel the Isle of Man. We arrived around mid day, the shore excursion team had put on a panoramic tour to Cork, at various times and we were able to join the first tour out at 12.30. No charge for the tour. As we left the port I remembered that heygo guide Dave Kavanagh had visited Cobn so it all looked quite familiar. It was about a 30 minute drive to Cork, a busy city on a Saturday with plenty of people out and about. We passed several interesting buildings, all well explained by our guide. We were dropped off not far ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 23rd 2022

Ireland the North. Dundalk to Dublin No rain today and a magnificent tail wind. I wouldn’t call it magnificent if it was in our face would I? The Glen Gat in Dundalk was a really good stay and can be recommended. The rooms were good, as was breakfast and the place was stacked with old classy artefacts plus the staff were very helpful. They even demanded a group photo for their Facebook page. The first point on our journey today was Blackrock which is very much like Morecambe Bay with a flat beach with a fast tide and previously a big cockle picking area as shown by the ???? on the promenade. This took us onto the R132 which has a series of long boring straight roads until we reached Castlebellingham where we turned to the ... read more
Glen Gat van
Cockle picker statue
Diver

Europe » Ireland August 22nd 2022

Notre rêve d'ados! Partir pour l'Écosse pour nos 40 ans! Nous y voilà enfin, à 43 ans, suite à presque deux ans de confinement, fins prêts pour le road trip de nos rêves! Accompagnées de nos chums, nous nous arrêterons pour quelques jours à ces endroits clés: Dublin, Belfast, Tarbet, Dundee, Edinburgh et Londres. Bien heureuse de pouvoir partager cette aventure avec vous ♥... read more

Europe » Ireland August 21st 2022

Reviewing some of our pics from our recent Ireland trip, decided to post a blog, of which most of it will be pics! With the encouragement of my brother Mark, 7 family members met up in Ireland with a 3 day trip to Scotland. It was a great time with lots of wonderful family memories! Preparing for a typical Irish weather, we did not pack for the gorgeous sunny and warm days. And as we were told, when the sun shines in Ireland, there is not a more beautiful place in the world! It was gorgeous! In an attempt to avoid the crowds, we spent most of our time in the North of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, The trip included Belfast, NewCastle, the ferry over to Scotland - Oban for the fantastic seafood and ... read more
Slieve Donard  - a gorgeous place to stay in NewCastle N Ireland
Beautiful day for a hike at NewCastle
View looking into Oban Scotland




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