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Sep 9, 2014 - Day 21 - Galway to Aran Islands

We got up early and went into the city centre as, guess what, we didn't get there last night. We drove around for a while and then parked and had a bit of a wander. There's some lovely shops and ars and it would have been a fun night, I'm sure, if we'd made it. Never mind, tonight we'll be at the centre of action on the Aran Islands. We packed up at the BnB and set off for the ferry terminal. We drove along the coast road again...there's heaps of caravan parks and camping grounds along the way as well as BnBs and hotels. Stopped at the post...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Flat tires and a turd. No ear for the brogue.

Today's title refers to our informative "boos" driver whose thick Galway brogue left us in the dust much of the 6.5 hr. tour. We would go whole sentences without any comprehension! At various stops, Pat & I shared terms we thought he was using....like turds (turrets) and flat tires (we never fingured that one out & he couldn't either). Anyway, quite comical. It was a rather long day for 2 women fairly unaccustomed to bus tours. We planned another one for tomorrow, as you already know. I'm too sleepy to do my long-winded descriptions, but...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Day 20 - Galway to Connemara and back to Galway

Set off about 8.30 with the idea of going into the city. Traffic was a pain so changed our minds and decided to head for Ros a' Moir to book our ferry tickets and accommodation for the Aran Islands before touring the Galway Peninsula. Revised our route and it's a good thing we're heading out of the city as the traffic coming in is unreal. Single lane and bumper to bumper for miles. It's another beautiful day....we have been so lucky with the weather. The sea on our right is glassy again today and the sun is shining. We heard that there's...

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Sep 8, 2014 - It's still a long way to Tipperary-Pat's view....

Well....top o the mornin' to ya! Actually, it's almost midnight here as I ramble on about my dear (sainted) Motherland. Havin' a wee bit o Irish luck with the weather which has been delightful (very little rain and not too chilly). No heat on in the hotels yet tho. It's kind of strange to be somewhere where quite a few of the women look like my cousins. (Maybe it's the dark eyebrows...). Anyway...I love all the street music and dancing, it's definitely my cup o tea! There is loads of charm too...but I can only understand about half of what...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Day 19 - Carrig Island to Galway

Set off about 8.30. Pete driving today. Sent info to Kylie to email my TMX customers about the new TMX...Hope my customers who bought recently aren't too annoyed. Glorious day...sunny, water like a mirror. Stopped at the castle near our accommodation....it has 5 levels and was very well preserved. On to Tarbert (ferries leave from here to cross the Shannon). Drove through Foynes...industrial type town so we are seeing a very different landscape as it's more industrial than what we've been seeing. Looking across the River to a power station....

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Sep 7, 2014 - Eighty swans and an almost full moon

We trained for 2.5 hours across this fair isle & checked into our hotel by 2:30 & went exploring on foot. We enjoyed a spot of tea and the many talented dancers, singers, musicians & entertainers on the cobblestone avenues here while checking out sights & shopping. We had a wonderful dinner & wine & booked a Tuesday bus tour of beautiful Connemara which is an unspoiled terrain "on the edge of Europe" & includes the Twelve Ben Mountains, cliffs, seals & a fjord, peat bogs & Kylemore Abbey and a Neolithic stone circle that claims to have been...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Day 3 - Balleek to Kinvara

Day 3 - Balleek to Kinvara and all points in between! Making a list, checking it twice! We should have made a list of groceries and done the shopping for our three day retreat to beach, by now! On our way from Balleek to Kinvara, we'll be making some stops. Roscommon to pick up our meat! Cliffs for our family and individual holiday photos, and some Christmas shopping in Galway. Dinner in Kinvara and a comfy sleep for all before heading to discover our Irish roots, enjoy the Irish shoreline and tour the Ring of Kerry! Once we've checked...

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Aug 6, 2014 - En route vers les Cliff of Moher

Avant de passer quelques jours à Athlone pour profiter de quelques nuits comfortables au Sheraton, j'ai pu 20 ans! Nous avons décider de faire un petit détour pour aller voir les Cliffs of Moher, qui donne un point de vue impressionnant sur l'Atlantique. Nous avons fait un arrêt pour manger un délicieux Guiness stew dans un des innombrable pub de Galway.

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Jun 12, 2014 - Connemara

Thursday morning, Sandy still wasn’t feeling great, so she stayed and rested at the hotel, while the rest of us went on the Connemara and Cong Tour with Galway Tour Company again. We were picked up at our hotel, and after picking up other guests, our tour guide Ken dropped off those who were doing Cliffs of Moher at the coach station and the rest of us stayed on the bus. We headed north on N84 and made our first stop at Ross Errilly Friary near the County Galway/County Mayo line. This 14th century friary was a lot of fun to explore....

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Jun 9, 2014 - Ireland Day 9 - Galway City Tour

Our day began with a lecture this morning by Paul Gosling on the "The Celts & the West of Ireland", followed by a guided walking orientation of Galway city by local historian Peadar O'Dowd. Galway is a small, thriving, artsy coastal city with narrow streets, a castle, medieval city walls and roots reaching back at least as far as the 5th century. It is called "The City of Tribes" for the 14 tribes of merchant families who ruled over the city during the middle ages. It thrived on international trade with Spain and France at that time and...

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Jun 8, 2014 - Ireland Day 8 - A Day in Connemara

Connemara.... what a magical sounding name. This was our destination for the day. It's a place often referred to as the real emerald of Ireland, but you won't find any road signs pointing the way here. That's because it isn't a town or county. It's a loosely defined region west of Galway, once described as a place of savage beauty. What you'll find here is a harsh land of unspoiled scenery.... dark bogs and tall jagged mountain ranges, golden beaches, rugged coastlines, glassy lakes with green islands, breathtaking fjords and sleepy...

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Jun 7, 2014 - Ireland Day 7 - A Day in Yeats Country

Today I said goodbye to Northern Ireland. Back in the 1980s I heard a speech by an Irish woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as cofounder of an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She told how she witnessed the death of 3 children when they were hit by a car whose driver, an IRA fugitive, was fatally shot by British authorities. She had then organized peace marches to the graves of the children. Thousands of women - both Catholic and Protestant - had joined...

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