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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...

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Princess Tour

Jun 2, 2013 - Hikes, coastal drives and a pub night every night………

This week we have driven and hiked our way around the Dingle peninsula, stopped off at Anascaul for lunch at the South Pole Inn (pub established in 1927 by Antarctic explorer and hero Tom Crean), spent a few days in the Irish music mecca of Doolin, hiked in The Burren and Connemara and yes, you’ve guessed it ………….been to a different Irish pub every night. We have seen stone forts, beehive huts, ancient stone churches, dolmens (ancient tombs with huge rock slabs on top), hiked in the unique landscape of the Burren and ended the week camped...

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The Emerald Isle

May 27, 2013 - Inishbofin

Friday I park my car in a local backyard for a few Euros, and it's off on the ferry to Inishbofin. It's a sunny warm day and the trip is beautiful. The first thing you see at the entrance to the island harbour is the ruins of a 14th century castle, known as Cromwell's barracks, on a rocky outcrop. After checking into my hotel, the Doonmore, with sea views even from the toilet!..I go on an 8 km loop walk on my own to the west end of the island with a picnic lunch. Treeless rocky hills, green fields, stone walls, sheep, quaint cottages...

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May 2, 2013 - Don't look down!

This morning was sunny (please knock on wood if you are reading this) so I started off the morning with a run along the shore line. I then jumped onto a tour bus for a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. This was a full day tour, we left at 10:00am and got back at 7:00pm. The bus was horribly bumpy and I was carsick most of the time. The roads in Ireland are bumpy, narrow, and cattle crossings are common! In addition to spending 2 hours walking around the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, our bus also stopped at many other wonderful Irish landmarks....

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May 1, 2013 - Live music and dance

Today was a very fun day! I woke up after a surprisingly good nights rest and went to a city walking tour. The walking tour was over two hours long and covered all the main sites in Galway, including: Lynches Castle, River Corrib, Galway University, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Historic pubs, and much more. After the tour and a lunch with my tour group, I walked to Galway City Museum to learn more about the history of Ireland and the town of Galway. At this point, it was time for dinner, so I invited an Italian girl named Veronica, in my hostel...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Touch-Down in Ireland

Apparently, nobody wants to go to Ireland on a random Monday in April because my flight was empty. So empty, in fact, that I had a whole row (4 seats) to myself: I was spoiled. On the flight, I met this man who was born in Africa and then moved to Clackamas. He is involved in some wonderful social work projects and when I landed in Amsterdam, for my 4.5 hour layover, he invited me to join him in the KLM "lounge". This is where first class and gold card members relax during their layovers. There were showers and chairs that reclined into...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Galway

We left Dublin on Sunday to drive across to Galway, about a 2 hour drive to the western coast of Ireland. Galway is a real gem. A mix of old and new. Bookstores, pubs, cafes, more pubs, and more pubs. The weather has turned to the miserable side of the weather vane. Wet and windy. But not as cold as we thought it would be - about 10C. After a turn around the city area, we found a great little pub to have some lunch in. Julie had a beef and Guinness stew while I had pork & leek sausages with mash potatos and lashings of gravy - takes pub...

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Oct 13, 2012 - Dingle and Galway

After a night in one of the best hostels I've stayed in for a while, we made our way around the Dingle Peninsula. The weather was generous and although cold, didn't rain that much. The landscape is very barren and windswept. Reminded me of north-west scotland. After stopping off at Dingle for lunch we headed to Galway - one of my favourite places in Ireland. On the way we stopped at Adare, just outside Limerick. It is full of thatched cottages and stone houses. It's like a step back in time in a good way. Nice pubs too (can you see a theme...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jul 23, 2012 - the ride to Galway

Monday felt like a long day on the bus. We left Killarney around 8:30 and drove to a little town called Adare; it’s said to be the prettiest town in Ireland. We had 45 minutes to look around, and honestly, that’s all it took. Very small town, one main street, houses with thatched roofs, and several gift shops. After that quick stretch of legs, we drove through gray skies and rain to the Cliffs on Moher, one of the most dramatic sights in Ireland. Unless it’s raining and the fog has rolled in, which it did on cue. This happens so often that...

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Europe 2012

Jun 29, 2012 - Aran Island: Inishmore

On Wednesday, we had breakfast early to catch a 9:30 a.m. bus and 10:30 ferry to Inishmore, one of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. The islands are remote and rustic, filled with simple folk. Inishmore, with 750 residents, has one grocery store, a handful of pubs and cafes, and mostly gift shops. We hired a van driver, a retired fisherman named Thomas, to take us around the island. The main attraction is Dun Aenghus, a 2,000-year-old Celtic stone fortress on the edge of a spectacular cliff. (As the cliffs erode, it's slowly...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Dingle to Galway

Tuesday was a long drive day with more rain, but it included an awesome sight near the end. We headed north from Dingle, bound for Galway. In Tarbert, we took a short ferry to Killimer, which shaved some drive time. We ate our picnic lunch in the car while we waited in line. The most dramatic part of the day – everyone’s favorite part – was the Cliffs of Moher. Pronounced “more,” these 5-mile-long cliffs are Ireland’s Grand Canyon – on the coast. Some are as high as 650 feet above the Atlantic. We drove along The Burren, a series of...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Cliffs of moher

The drive to the cliffs was another amazing site. The whole trip has been filled with views of greenery and sheep on hillsides. When we got to the cliffs it was simply breathtaking. There was a harpist playing music and singing. Bryan saw this a chance for some great meditating time. Kim was in awe at the sites. Tim and Estefania crossed the walls to hang on the edge. Oh my got.....700 feet above the Atlantic while watching the waves crash. We learned of the Galway hooker. The locals trade with the people of the Aran islands.(where the Aran...

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THE PUB CRAWL

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