Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Galway, Ireland

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

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...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


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...

Jump to full entry

Aug 12, 2013 - August 12 Aran Island

Frank and Joan prepared a delicious breakfast before we boarded the bus and drive 1 hour to the ferry. We n boarded the crowded ferry for Inishmore, the largest of the 3 islands. We arrived at Kilronan, the biggest town, and our guide Stephen, had buses waiting to take us around the island. 6 people actually rented bicycles and enjoyed their time on the island traveling using that mode of transportation. The landscape is very rocky and has steep cliffs as well as a sandy beach. Our bus driver, Oliver, is a seventh generation on the island....

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Ireland 2013

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...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


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...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Dana Abroad

Jul 12, 2013 - The big finish!

Fri 12th. 46 mile finish Another day mostly riding by the cool water, so, it was warm but bearable. Nobody will believe that we went to Ireland and got a deep tan. The peat bog was first. We saw places where they cut the bricks of peat out of the bog, and set them out to dry. Then they were stacked up and dried more. Most seemed to be for personal use, but some were bagged for sale. John said that a stack the size of a bus would meet a family's heating needs for a year. Connemara Mountain sheep roamed the bog. They are rounded up now and...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Princess Tour

Jul 11, 2013 - Cool breeze

Thurs 11th 41 miles We left at 9:30 am after our map talk. Beauty from beginning to end! And because we were near the sea, we had a cool breeze most of the way. The weather was still hot and sunny but the breeze made it bearable. This area shows lots of signs of glaciation, including the deepest fjord in the country. We rode from the hotel down the fjord toward the ocean. The fjord was quite long, and in one area had mussel farming set up in the middle. Ropes hang down from floating barrels and mussels are attached along the ropes. When...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Princess Tour

Jul 7, 2013 - The Burren

We loaded up on the tour busses and drove 30 minutes north. Then we rode some some great roads into horse country. The horses would come running up to the stone fences for people to feed them. Absolutely beautiful country! Stone fences everywhere! Then we rode through the Burren National Park. The Burren is a geological area of exposed limestone. Centuries ago one man said of the Burren, "there's not enough water to drown a man, not enough wood to hang a man, and not enough soil to bury a man." Most of us rode the bus up the steepest hill...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Princess Tour

Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  6  ... 14  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com