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May 31, 2012 - The day of Fiona's Wedding

It has been very difficult to keep up with this journal. I have not been able to do the trip the justice it deserves. Today is Fiona's wedding and the first rainy day. Lisa suggests it would be fun to go get our hair done for the wedding. She found a really cute and trendy place with appointments for 9am. The lady at the hair salon gave us plastic bags as we left to put on our heads to keep the hair dry. I don't have a picture but we walked very proud with our plastic bag heads. Next to the post office to finally mail the Irish passport...

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May 29, 2012 - Galway

We were all up and at it today by 6:30 am. We actually made it to breakfast at the hotel for the first time since we arrived. Breakfast buffet was lovely and the American kids left a trail of crumbs to prove it.After breakfast we gathered our bags and walked to the train station to catch a 9:30 train. The ride was nice, Marty was disappointed that it wasn't a train like he expected. We concluded it must be different than the trains on TV. I asked him if he expected it to be blue with a face and named Thomas. (haha). So kids were great on...

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May 25, 2012 - A ramble in Galway

Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. Here is the birthplace of the world famous...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Gireeps, some "Moher" cliffs and Inis Mor

Facebook album links - anyone can view the album of photos, copy and paste these links: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151550379235707.838322.746395706&type=1&l=4069052479 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151579999750707.841507.746395706&type=3&l=d383581dc7Wednesday 25th April Shamrocker Day 3: Ennis - Galway Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb – (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning "hole of sorrows" (bró in Irish)") is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Welcome to Galway!

I woke up just as the train was getting close to Galway and I'm not sure I've ever been quite as excited and nervous in my entire life combined as I was in that moment, realizing I was so close to my new home for the next four and a half months and really had no idea what to expect. The very nice man working on the train offered to help me get my bags unloaded and brushed off my warnings of them being heavy only to exclaim upon trying to move one of them "Do you have a dead body in here?!?" I promised I was not transporting a corpse,...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Galway

After what they call on tour a sleep in till 6.30 we headed today to Galway, stopping in Athlone, to take a boat ride down the river Shannon, well let's just say that is an hour I will not get back, but I suppose there are always good and bad parts to any tour, we headed to Galway Bay and had time to roam the streets, local Market on today, plenty of Irish Sitting out in the street cafe, it is a long weekend here, so everyone seems to be in a festival spirit.

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Aug 27, 2011 - Galway & return to Dublin

Spent a day relaxing in Galway before travelling by train back to Dublin. Galway is an enjoyable unpretentious city. Last night attended another play by the Irish playwrite Brian Friel. This one called Faith Healer. We preferred the previous one of his we saw in Dublin, Translations, but this one was also very rich in language and theme. Gotta run to catch a train. Slainte

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Aug 21, 2011 - You have some gall way

We sadly waved as George departed on his bus connection to Dublin to catch a ride back to Austin. Our journeys together the past couple weeks were filled with adventures, good food, laughter, and did I mention 20 kilometer walks in the rain. And now there are three - Rosemary, Lidia & I. So what better way to begin by going to another different city - Galway here we come. Very pleasant city whose center is very walkable with lots to see. In fact, on a spur of the moment impulse, we joined a University of Ireland lecture and walk that...

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Aug 20, 2011 - Galway, Ireland

From Doolin we drove along the coast to Galway, enjoying the views of sea and more of limestone landscape of The Burren. We spent a couple nights at College Crest Guest B&B in Galway, a lovely place with good breakfast. We spent our evenings listening to music at the lively, local An Pucan Pub. Saturday night we even got in a little dancing here . An Pucan takes its name from a class of Galway hooker, a traditional fishing boat. One of these boats has been restored and integrated into the pub. The entertainers perform from inside the boat...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Galway

Galway will forever be know as where Anna and Telka gained 10 kilograms each! Thanks to the Galway races, the town was in party mode and naturally we joined in. Realistically we didn't go to the races and we only went out one of the three night. Nevertheless enough was consumed to last us a long winters hibernation. In amongst the indulging, we managed to head to the Burren (the limestone hills region) and to the cliffs of moher (the most spectacular and touristy spot in Ireland). Thankfully our visit to Galway was made complete by more...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Ennis / Galway

Day started with a stop at Poulanbrone Dolmen, otherwise known as the Portal Tomb or sex stone, this stone in one of Irelands most photographed ancient monuments.  Next stop was the Faerie Ring, a mythical home to the faeries.  Here we walked around the ring (tree lined built up circle) clockwise,  making a wish at the end.  It is said that if you walk inside the ring, or throw/piss into the ring you/bus will receive back luck. A drive along Cork Screw Road for a glimpse of the view over Galway Bay, then we drove through Lisdoonvarna.  A...

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Jun 8, 2011 - The Connemaras

Today we transfer to Galway. We travel straight through the city and take the coastal route through the Connemaras. Once we leave the seaside suburbs we come to the amazing landscape of the ‘rocks’. The land is undulating – all humps and hollows – and covered in rocks. Rock fences divide the land into small blocks. Some are cleared with homes on them the others are empty or have a few cattle grazing. The rocks extend up the sides of the mountains. Certainly anyone born into farming here would be picking up rocks from age one to when they...

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