April - August 2016
  • Day108

    Stop just before aqueduct

    August 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Once through the mountains we stopped off at a small town about 20 minutes away from the aqueduct. This pleasant little village was a hive of activity even though it was Sunday. We had seen a steam train further along the river and this was it's station. I will try and get photos off google and put them in another footprint.Read more

  • Day107

    In Wales

    July 31, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Stopped at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Now say that fast or even just say it! Menieres bridge in photo.

    Finest slate comes from Wales. Travelling through tree arched roads. Wales is not a very big country and can be traversed in a few hours. At the moment fields have silage bales just made. Rolling hills march ahead of us.

    We are now moving into the mountains through lake side, slate quarries and trees.

    Went past hotel where Sir Edmund Hillary and team stayed while training for Everest. This land is very barren and the main reason for coming here is the out door activities. Saw rock climbers and hikers. The odd homestead is dotted amongst these rock and scree slopes rising high above us.
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  • Day107

    On the way to Wales

    July 31, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Done ferry crossing. Into Wales landing at Holyhead. Lovely ferry, the Ulysses. Played Pokies trying to get rid of change. Debbie, Seriously and I tried very hard to get rid of €2 and ended up with €5. Had lots of laughs though!

    Irish sea gave us a a very gentle crossing. Holyhead has been in use since 17 hundreds. Photo of memorial for merchant seamen who have died on board ships. The Edinburgh Castle was one of first pub seen!

    Area of Anglesey is the bread basket of Wales. This is Druid land where they hoped to resist the Romans. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful, even setting up on Holyhead.

    About 3 million people live in Wales. Of these about 1 third speak Welsh as a first language.
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  • Day107

    Dublin

    July 31, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    What a day. Started off managing to get my nails done and wax. Yeh! Then headed off to see if I could catch up to Megan. Obviously she was well ahead, so wandered on down to see if I could find a Penny's store and Sketchers. Amazingly I did. Found an info centre and booked for night bus tour but decided it might be better to stay clear of town on my own as there was a football game on between Barcelona and Ireland and the pubs were pretty rowdy even at 4.oopm. My bus trip was at 7.00pm so they would be well under way by then.

    Instead I did a walking tour around Dublin going from ytht castle to cathedral to site of the first performance of Handels Messiah. The castle site is now Irish parliament and we went into the garden area which is set up to allow helicopters to land. Finally made it back to hotel and had lovely meal with Marie and Neville.
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  • Day105

    Moving on towards Dublin

    July 29, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    County Kilkenny. Linked with Leicestershire. Lots of this travel is on main routes. Fell asleep so now in Avoca. This where the wool Mills are in the county Whitlock. This is called the garden of Ireland. Glendalogh monastery . This was a monastery set up in around 10th century. Makes you think when you see the remain still standing.Read more

  • Day104

    Waterford on

    July 28, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Waterford is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland with coast, village, fertile land and the mountains. Dungannon was passed through, another little village of the area.

    Now following the Copper Coast Road along the coast line to Tramore. This is a other narrow winding road through farmlands land as well. Coves, beaches, headlands line the coastal waters. Hidden thatch cottages along route. Strawberry is used for that ching rather than river reeds.Read more

  • Day104

    on to Tramore

    July 28, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Stopped at Blarney. Visited the Blarney Wool Mills which is supposedly the largest in Ireland. The others went on to the castle to kiss the blarney some. Decided this time to renege and get books posted to NZ. On into Cork. The people speak very quickly so I should fit in! Viewed the harbour. Is one of the best harbours in world. Cobh formerly known as Queenstown. The river is very deep and can take ships right into city centre. Cork was only area of Ireland with industry, steel and oil. Both closed down now. Pharmaceutical industry and Apple computers are main industries now. Some of islands have wild life park with rhinos, monkeys contained on island.

    Heading down south coast. Middleton home of Irish whisky. Paddy, Powers and Jamieson. Very fertile area, barley for whisky is a main crop.

    You gallery -small coastal village with historical background. Walter Raleigh give land here by Elizabeth 1. Rumoured he brought back the Potato. Also brought back tobacco. The harbour is very protected and beautiful begonias fill planter boxes along the streets. From here to Waterford, home of Waterford Crystal. Named because the vikings.
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  • Day103

    Still circling

    July 27, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Waterville a favourite of Charles Chaplin. Many famous people visit or live here. Has a Benjamin Close. Giant's grave stones seen here, just a few. From here to a pass. Abandoned homes and land. Cumakista

    Stopped at Scarrif Inn. Sign says Sea View Rooms and indeed the most panoramic view across the bay. The area is also known as the Scarring. If you look carefully you will see a fairy ring in this photo. No the pole isn't it.

    This is a very barren but beautiful area of coastline. In saying barren there are little settlements dotted here and there as you travel along. You also see the abandoned cottages where families have fpleft due to famine.
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  • Day103

    Circling continued

    July 27, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Danny O'Connor home and park photo. Came from wealthy family. Achieved Catholic Emancipation Act. Church is only one in Ireland named after person as compared to saint.

    Valenctia weather station passes on info for trans Atlantic travel.Read more