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Oct 5, 2016 - Derry, Londonderry or Legendary

5 Oct This morning we are heading into Northern Ireland for a couple of days and our first stop is Derry, or are we heading to Londonderry?? The names of the city and county of Derry or Londonderry in Northern Ireland are the subject of a naming dispute between Irish nationalists and unionists. Generally, although not always, nationalists favour using the name Derry, and unionists using Londonderry. Legally, the city and county are called "Londonderry" The center of the sectarian violence refered to as "The Troubles"in the 60's these...

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May 11, 2016 - Inishowen Penninsula

Driving through a village on the Inishowen peninsula we were held up by a transport truck trying to ma over around a corner on a roundabout on one of the narrow village rounds. We found out it was in rehearsal for the transport of a wind turbine blade. At the time we couldn't figure out why they didn't just move the metal frame hanging out the back of the trailer! Famine Village is a very informative museum of the potato famine lifestyle and thatched roofed stone houses. Our tour guide lived in one of the houses in this village until the...

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May 11, 2016 - Bellanaleck with Lynn and Dobby

Bellanelleck is a small village just outside of Enniskillin in Co. Fermanagh. We toured Castle Cole and Fourencout Castle while their. As both castle are still furnished and filled with paintings and artifacts, no photos are allowed. In Castle Cole parts of the castle are still occupied by the family. Florencourt has beautiful gardens and IMS of walking paths. Lynn and Dobby walk there almost daily. TherE known to the regulars as Lyns bench as it is where she finally dragged herself to and could call for help when she fell and broke her hip...

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May 11, 2016 - Inishowen and Donegal Town

Donegal Town is a typical Irish town with narrow streets and roundabouts at most intersections. The castle here is small and a lot destroyed. Most of the Irish castles were taken over from the Irish when the British invaded. I had a seafood chowder at the Castle Bar that was unlike any chowder I've ever had. It had 15 clams in their shells, large chunks of salmon, and shrimp with a thick creamy sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Very very tasty.

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Dec 14, 2015 - Kicked Out

EDIT: I added some pictures of the things I mentioned in this post from the castle I done been KICKED OUT! Of the Republic of Ireland... So on December 10th, exactly 3 months after I landed in this beautiful country, it was time for me to leave the quaint, perfect little Kilkenny and move on up to the North of Ireland, technically the UK. But before I left! I had a great day out by myself and... I got lucky. I told myself I would just have a nice meal outside with a blanket, hang out, journal, and then walk around the castle. But, I hadn't...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Ireland - Omagh & Derry

I've got to remember to save these entries more often. I had several paragraphs done on the Omagh/Derry, got distracted and lost the whole works. Here we go again. I've got to mention the traditional Irish breakfasts that we were getting every morning. I think every hotel breakfast was buffet style but they all included everything required. The most common ingredients are bacon rashers, pork sausages, fried eggs, white pudding, black pudding, toast and fried tomato. Sauteed field mushrooms are also sometimes included as well as baked beans,...

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Sep 15, 2014 - Day 27 - Fintown to Derry (or is it Londonderry?)

We had a lovely night last night with Marion, Declan and their family. We enjoyed a simple breakfast before we left....homemade sourdough bread with a lovely selection of cheese, jam and honey and then it was time to hit the road. After a couple of false starts we were off to Fintown. It was a beautiful drive and along the way there were lots of changes in the scenery....From quite mountainous and rocky, to rolling, green hills. Small loughs high in the hills to large loughs lower down. no more rock fences, they are now trimmed hedges....

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Sep 6, 2014 - Londonderry, Derry County, Northern Ireland

Londonderry is the second largest city in Northern Ireland made famous for the part it played during the “Troubles” and the peace process. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, visited this city several times during those years to assist with the peace process. BEECH HILL COUNTRY HOUSE Beech Hill Country House, located about 3 miles east of Londonderry, belongs to the Manor House Hotels of Ireland group. We stayed in many of these fine, family owned hotels during our one month trip. This hotel belongs to the Donnelly family whose...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Ireland Day 6 continued

The Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal (in the Republic of Ireland) is a piece of land bordered on the west by Lough Swilly, the east by Lough Foyle and the north by the Atlantic Ocean. It is uncrowded and incredibly beautiful, with one spectacular view after another. The drive was made even more special by our bus driver, who happened to be from the area and took us down narrow, winding roads that seemingly led to nowhere (and sometimes did!). Once we ended up in the yard of a farm and carefully had to get turned around again. We...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Ireland Day 6 - Derry and the Inishowen Penninsula

Derry/Londonderry is a town that can't decide on its name. The original name was Derry. The name problem began in the 1600s when King James I gave much of Derry to Protestant English and Scottish families (driving out the native Catholics) and sent in London workers to reconstruct the medieval town. Wanting to make it more their own, these immigrants renamed the town Londonderry, a name that has been a source of controversy ever since. In Northern Ireland it is called Londonderry, while in the Republic of Ireland just a few miles away, it...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Ireland Day 5 - The Northern Coast

We were on our way early this morning to explore the northern part of what is called the Antrim Coast. It's the northernmost part of Northern Ireland. First stop was The Old Bushmills Distillery, one of the world's oldest distilleries, licensed to distill spirits in 1608. We were able to watch the whiskey making process through distilling, fermenting and bottling, but no photos were allowed. An interesting side note: they were also doing the bottling and packaging for Jamisons. Samples were offered at the end of the tour, but since I don't...

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May 27, 2014 - Food and Drink

I do love to eat. On the other hand, I do not have an adventurous palate. I shocked my South America tour group when I told them I don't travel for the food. I won't try just anything. Once I find stuff I like, I tend to stay with it. I've found I've been eating two meals a day this trip. Always breakfast, and then some afternoon to evening something. Of course, I snack when I need to and am very conscious about hydration. During the B&B phase of my walks, breakfast was the big meal. I'd have the classic fry. Sausage, bacon, eggs, beans,...

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