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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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Living Our Dream

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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Living Our Dream

May 20, 2014 - unexpected

An apology and explanation even almost 2 years after the fact is an amazing gift and I will forever be grateful to him for thinking I was worth it. I know that is speaks volumes for the person who stepped up and took the time to acknowledge the situation but for me it will forever be a moment where someone validated me as a person and my feelings. I find it funny that it comes at a time where I had let go of needing anyone to validate me. I am validating myself and it is going really well :) It must be said, if I were making a list of...

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May 20, 2014 - So I’m single now, and everything’s changed. I hate it...well not excatly

So I’m single now, and everything’s changed. I hate it. - say anything No I am not single now, I have been for longer then I care to talk about. This is a quote from a movie I really like (the girl Corey, has realized her connection with a long time, looser, love interest is over, just like that, something had clicked) but here is the thing for me. As I came out of a building in Galway Ireland I felt this: I am over traveling, everything has changed. I hate it. I looked around and just saw the world in a different way. Like I had taken...

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May 15, 2014 - May 15, 2014 Down the west coast to Killarney

May 15-Down the west coast to Killarney We didn't do too much today. We bid adieu to Margaret and Seamus at B&B in Galway and drove south for a few hours. The day was wonderful. About 72 degrees, incredibly sunny, and the countryside on the way down was fabulous. We arrived at this B&B, the Gleann Fia, and were very pleasantly surprised. It sits on the edge of Killarney, has flowers and trees around it, and also has a rushing stream right next to it with a small waterfall. The sound of the water rushing and over the waterfall is really...

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May 14, 2014 - May 14, 2014 Bunratty Castle

May 14, 2014 The day started out horribly as it was raining, drizzling, misty, and foggy. It's normal Irish weather so we had to deal with it. As the day went on the weather improved. The sky didn't clear but it did stop raining. After a breakfast that included porridge, we headed south to Bunratty Castle. It was about a 75 minute drive. There has been a castle of some sort in the spot where the current castle sits since 1251. That wooden structure was improved and improved over the years until the large stone castle you see today was built...

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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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