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May 13, 2014 - May 13, 2014 The Wild West-Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

May 13, 2014 The Wild West-Connemara & Kylemore Abbey The day dawned bright and clear with the promise of good weather. After a delightful full Irish breakfast we headed out on the road. We were headed north and west of Galway to the Connemara. This is an area of mountains, moors, and peat bogs, with plenty of sheep everyhwere!!!! We begain driving on the incredibly narrow roads, par for Ireland, and within a little while came upon the "Quiet Man Bridge." This is a bridge that is famous because of the movie with John Wayne and Maureen...

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May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014 Dark Hedges and road trip to Galway

May 12, 2014-Dark Hedges and road trip to Galway It was travel day and we started it off with a full Irish breakfast. Eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, potato pancake, scone, juice, coffee, and toast!!!!!!! Much more than I normally eat but it was delicious. We then took a short drive out of Ballymoney to visit the Dark Hedges. These are rows of beech trees lining a road that used to be the driveway of a great house. The trees were planted in the 18th century by the owner of the house to impress visitors. Today they've grown into...

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Apr 30, 2014 - Galway and Cliffs of Moher tour

After spending a few days in Cork, I just knew it did not feel right for me. And so on advice from many I headed to Galway. Sooooooo much better. It just feels good to me. While I was on the bus, from Cork to Galway, my sister Jenny wrote this to me....I was standing in line at the grocery store wondering what you were doing today and I glanced over and saw "at home in Ireland" on the cover of a national geographic :) I have only been in Galway 2 days but I am so grateful for the Ocean, the nice people, the man at the front desk who made...

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Apr 23, 2014 - Galway Ireland - Westwood House Hotel

Had to leave Killarney after spending 2 nights there. I liked Killarney best of all the cities/towns we visited. Everything was convenient to our hotel and we had an excellent Mediterranean dinner on the night we were on our own for dinner. First stop on the way to Galway was Tarbert, where we boarded a ferry for a 20 minute ride across the River Shannon. The Shannnon is the longest river in Ireland at 224 miles. It was a beautiful day for a ferry crossing and we got a good look at the Tarbert Lighthouse, which was built in 1834. Next stop...

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Retired at Last!

Mar 21, 2014 - Galway

Got up this morning to a rainy day, so went down to the hotel dining room for a leisurely breakfast and met up with some friends. We all headed out to find and photograph some of the places we’d visited on our tour yesterday. We tried to go back to the Collegiate Church of St Nicholas but the doors were locked so we wandered off to do some shopping to get us out of the rain, although we were able to get in a little later in the afternoon. Yvonne and I each bought a lovely wool sweater and I wore mine out of the store to keep me warm and it...

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Mar 20, 2014 - Galway

Today started out rainy too – but thankfully the skies cleared a little by sunset but it was still quite windy and cold. One of our stops was just outside of Kinvara and Dunguire Castle (sounds like Dun-gueer). This castle isn’t open to the public but there’s a footpath all the way around it so we found several interesting angles to take photos. We then drove along the coast and stopped several times to get photos of sheep, horses and cattle in the picturesque fields with their stone fences. Got rained on several times too! We arrived in...

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Oct 30, 2013 - An infinity of Rocks

I think barren must be derived from the Gaellic Burren. Because the Burren sure is barren! A formation of rock which I did not know about it Ireland. Thousands of acres of limestone. Now limestone is porous and is also soluble in carbonic acid according to the tour guide (I will have to check with my chemistry-teaching sisters or perhaps they could email back from this journal?). Anyway, over the eons, rains has washed cracks and fissures in this rock giving it a sort of shattered-windscreen look from a distance. This rock goes all the way...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Heading North

Misty morning and time to say goodbye to lovely Dingle and our hosts at Milestone B&B, Barbara and Michael Carroll. We left town when John remembered he left his phone. Turned around and headed back to Dingle and saw a beautiful rainbow over the town and bay, in fact it became full and bright and we went under the rainbow. Leaving town again we saw and traveled behind a man in a horsecart pulled by one horse and leading another horse to exercise him. Worthwhile turn around! Called Shannon Airport, they had a bigger car for us we had to miss...

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Aug 29, 2013 - Galway

This will be a short sweet journal entry as it is quite late. We have been at an Irish pub in galway listening to an Irish band playing and singing trad. Heaps of fun and met an Aussie girl and her English friend who are in Ireland for a wedding. Today we left Westport and travelled to kylemore abbey which was quite interesting. They had some lovely gardens however it was raining so didn't get to spend a lot of time there. We then drove to the sky road near Clifden were we had spectacular views of the coast. From there it was a drive into...

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Borg-Malone Journey

Aug 23, 2013 - Cliffs of Moher

We continue to travel up the west coast of Ireland on narrow country roads that go through small fishing villages. What surprised us is the large, beautiful sandy beaches that are in some of the coves. They would be great for sunning yourself if it wasn't so chilly. While we are dressed for winter the locals are enjoying the beach and swimming in the ocean. The roads are scary! They are very narrow and people drive very fast. Plus, there are lots of huge tour buses. When they pass going the other way I just close my eyes. One very popular...

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Aug 11, 2013 - August 11 Journey to Galway via the Cliffs of Moher

August 11 Journey to Cliffs of Moher After another delicious breakfast prepared by owner/chef Brian we loaded the Bo's for our 5 hour drive today to Galway. As we leave Dingle we see the South Pole Inn once owned Brian Tom Crean, South Pole explorer. The cows we saw were Scottish belted where they almost looked like Oreo cookies-black band and white band. Interesting notes on dialect-in county cork you will hear people only say t Sunday for th. for example 33 and a third sounds like "tirdy tree and a turd". Humorous! In North Ireland you...

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Ireland 2013

Jul 18, 2013 - Galway

This is one of the few times I have had time to write anything in the past two days. As of now, I am at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The flight was pretty long, being that is was seven an a half hours, not counting all of the delays before and after the flight. As someone who isn't fond of flying, I think I handled it pretty well considering that being sandwiched in the very middle seat in coach was one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever experienced in my life. (The second most uncomfortable one is finding out that...

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Dana Abroad

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