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  • Day12

    Tag 11 > on tour im osten (243.4km)

    June 22 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    10000👣

    von brownstown - clermont cairn - der küste entlang nach skerries - zurück nach brownstown

    ausgeschlafen gings heute auf eine gemütliche tour. wollten uns die ostküste etwas anschauen.
    martina fand die route gestern wohl so langweilig das sie mich heute wieder etwas fordern wollte🤣 fuhren mal wieder auf einer nicht angeschriebenen passstrasse. immer ein gutes zeichen wenn die strasse nicht nur auf google maps sondern auch im navi vorhanden ist, gell schatz😝 die fahrt hat sich gelohnt, richtig schön wars.
    auch sonst haben wir heute wo möglich wieder die kleinen strassen gefahren.

    der küste entlang gings dann südlich richtung skerries. hier fehlt an den meisten orten das wasser, darum lädt es geschmacklich nicht gerade zu einem stopp ein🤢 hier können also wirklich nicht alle sagen das sie ganzjährig am wasser leben🤣
    irgendwo gabs dann aber trotzdem mittag und coffee halt😁 coffeetruks haben wir heute und gestern keine gesichtet😓

    weiter südlich haben wir dann auch noch etwas wasser gefunden.
    skerries ist ein hüpsches örtchen und lädt auch für ein halt ein.

    nach 11 tagen auf den irischen strassen frage ich mich, warum haben diese autos blinker?🤣 wird hier völlig überbewertet, man fährt lieber einfach🤷‍♀️

    auch sehr aktiv sind die leute hier wieder, ist uns schon im westen aufgefallen. gewalkt und gejoggt wird hier fleissig, mit teils interessantem laufstil.😁 raucher sieht man auf dem land kaum, ich glaube die verkaufen hier keine zigaretten🤪🤪

    solltest du unterwegs 🚽 müssen, dann zieh die toitois den normalen öffentlichen toiletten vor! die toitois sind hier sehr sauber, meist sogar noch besser als toiletten in restaurants 😳

    jaa und so schnell ist die zeit vergangen, heute übernachten wir nochmals bei fiona. morgen mittag heisst es dann tiffany zurückbringen. vorher müssen wir unbedingt noch ein staubsauger finden🙈🤣 sandkasten soll bei der abgabe zusätzlich kosten😁
    dann gehts bis samstag nach dublin in die city 🍻🎵💃
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    👍 v danke viu mau, für di schöne Föteli 😀 u chömet guet hei 😘 [Gertrud]

    stailey

    danke viel mal trudi🥰🥰🥰

     
  • Day3

    Northern Ireland

    June 4 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    A visit to The Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin to start the day. It’s an amazing place and a must visit. One of the pictures shows the alphabet in the book. So ornate! Met up with our driver for the next 7 days, Pat O’Brien. What a lovely gentleman. Styling in our Mercedes sedan! Why can’t airline seats be as comfortable as these? He spent some time growing up in Howard Beach, NY and has a son who worked in Ocean City for a summer. A stop at the Slane Castle and Distillery and then heading to Belfast. Overnight at Europa Hotel, dinner (scallops with crab risotto! - amazing) and some music to round out the evening. Looking forward to Giants Causeway tomorrow!Read more

    Jen Ringenary

    Good stuff right there! 🥃

    It really is a small world! Sounds amazing! [Marilyn]

    Awesome!! I love it [Jessie]

     
  • Day11

    Tag 10 > ballymacurly-brownstown (179km)

    June 21 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    12000 👣

    heute wurde ausgeschlafen😁
    ein total unspektakulärer tag wartete nämlich auf uns.
    haben uns für den direkten weg mit einem zwischenhalt in athlone entschieden für heute.
    in athlone gabs frühstück, den wohlverdienten kaffee und eine runde durch das städtchen. am ältesten irishpub von irland sind wir auch noch vorbei gekommen. jedoch leider ohne besuch, guinness vor dem mittag wäre dann wohl etwas zu früh🤣
    im gegensatz zu galway gestern wars hier sehr leer. ein kurzer halt hier lohnt sich sicher, niedliches städtchen.

    in navan wurde auch kurz angehalten, hier haben wir im internet ein super süsses coffee entdeckt, das ambiente ist einfach grossartig😍 ode coffee lounge navan heisst es. jedoch ist dies hier das erste coffee mit einer vollautomaten kaffeemaschine 😱 bis jetzt hatten wir immer kolbenmaschinen und in teils coffees sogar ausgebildete baristas😍 egal, ein besuch hier sollte man sich aber trotzdem einplanen😁
    ansonsten lohnt sich unserer meinung nach ein halt in navan nicht wirklich, sehr schmudelig hier..

    als wir in unserer unterkunft ankamen hat uns fiona bereits erwartet. hier hausen wir für 2 nächte und sind auf ein weiteres froh uns für diese unterkunft entschieden zu haben😊 viel herzblut, sauber und heimelig.
    jetzt genießen wir den abend in unserem appartement im grünen.
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  • Day145

    Day 145: Bru na Boinne

    July 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Exciting day today, since it's our first UNESCO site for quite a while, and will be the last one for quite a while as well! The site in question is Bru na Boinne (Bend of the Boyne), where there's a collection of neolithic burial mounds, many thousands of years old. It seemed like it would be a bit similar to Orkney, so we were a little apprehensive, but set off early in the morning to go and check it out.

    We decided to arrive fairly early, since you can only visit on guided tours and we'd read that they tended to fill up pretty quickly - meaning you either had a long wait or missed out entirely. Neither of which were options we particularly wanted to contemplate! As it was, we drove the 40 minutes north of Dublin to the site and arrived around 9:30am, early enough to get on the 10:15 tour of Newgrange mound, and the 11:45 tour of Knowth mound. Just enough time for a quick look around the museum!

    Since the museum and visitor's centre are a few kilometres from the mounds, they have shuttle buses to ferry you around. We hopped on one just before 10:15 and got to the first mound. Newgrange is very large, probably 10 metres tall and about 30 metres in diameter. It was a burial chamber likely for someone very important, as the cremated remains of three people were found in the central chamber on large granite bowls.

    It had been perfectly preserved since it's just a large (man-made) dirt and stone mound, and the site was abandoned after only a couple of hundred years. So it was completely unknown and unused for something like 5000 years until it was discovered in the 1960s. The front had a facade of quartz stones mined a few miles away, though it's not known if that was the original facade or not (the rocks were just found at the base, so the original archaeologist just assumed so).

    This one is like Stonehenge, in that sunrise on the mid-winter solstice lines up perfectly with the passage and central chamber. There was even a light-box well above the (blocked-off) doorway to allow this to happen, so it was definitely deliberate and very carefully calculated. Seemed like a hell of a lot of effort for a burial chamber, particularly when the villagers probably weren't particularly rich or important!

    After an hour of looking around the site, we got the bus back to the visitor centre and then switched to the other bus for Knowth. This is a series of burial mounds - one large one, and 18 smaller "satellite" mounds around the outside. Unfortunately this one wasn't quite as well preserved and you couldn't go inside, since the hill itself had been re-purposed over the centuries (a Roman fort, wooden Norman castle, early Christian settlement etc) and many original features had been lost.

    But the most distinguishing feature here was the artwork - it's known as the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe, and for good reason! The largest mound had "kerbstones" running around the entire base, and most of them had carvings or engravings of some sort on them. It was interesting, since most ancient peoples depicted important things to them: animals, plants, trees, stars etc. But these engravings are all completely abstract: swirls, whirlpools, chevrons, zig-zags, wavy lines. What do they mean? Language? Heiroglyphs? Lucid dreams? Religious rituals? Drug hazes? Nobody knows. Fascinating stuff though.

    Back to the visitor's centre where it was now 1pm and high time for lunch. Fortunately they had a cafe on site where we indulged in paninis and hot drinks, then headed out to the car to collect our dog.

    Drove back to Dublin where we figured we'd make use of the afternoon, and so found a park and wandered around St Stephen's Green, a nice park right in the middle of town. Schnitzel enjoyed himself! Did a little more wandering of the nearby city streets, but since we'd only paid for an hour's parking we didn't explore far. Back home where we had home-cooked pasta for dinner and spent the evening working and planning next steps after the UK.
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    Joel Baldwin

    Newgrange entrance - note the lightbox above the main doorway

    7/15/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Knowth main mound plus satellite mounds

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    Joel Baldwin

    In front of the kerbstones

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  • Day15

    Hill of Slane

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    The Hill of Slane was not on our planned itinerary for today. But when we encountered a road sign pointing to the ruins, we made a detour.

    The hilltop is home to two sets of ruins. Those of a 16th century Medieval church with a Gothic tower, and also those of a college, which was founded to serve the church. The latter contains the ruins of a monastery built sometime in the 5th century and a tower house that is from the 16th century.

    The Hill of Slane has an important place in Irish spirituality. According to tradition, in 433 AD the first Christian missionary to Ireland lit an Easter Fire where the church now stands. That missionary later became known as St Patrick. In lighting the fire, however, he unknowingly disobeyed the decree of a High King at nearby Tara. The king was pacified when his Druid — Erc — converted to Christianity and was later made the first Bishop of Slane.
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    Nickie Wilkinson

    So much history for such a small island.

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  • Day15

    Newgrange @ Brú na Bóinne

    July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Brú na Bóinne, which translates as the “Palace of Boyne,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits in the bend of the River Boyne. This Neolithic site contains some 90 monuments, three of which — Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth — are megalithic tombs that date back some 5,000 years or so.

    With our road trip quickly nearing its end, we had no choice but to visit this popular heritage site on “Free First Wednesday.” This event promised that the site would be more crowded than usual. Two things worked in our favor, however. First, we arrived soon after the site opened at 9:00a and managed to get on the first tour. Second, most of the people already in the queue wanted to visit both Newgrange and Knowth. As a result, we had only 10 people instead of the usual 24 in our group for a “single tomb” tour.

    When the shuttle dropped us off at Newgrange, our guide escorted us to the entrance of the tomb, which consists of a cairn surrounded by a white quartz wall girdled by slabs called kerbstones. After she gave us some general information, we entered the very narrow rock passage that leads to a large chamber. Here, our guide talked about how the sun enters the tomb through a door-box above the entrance, travels down the passageway, and lights up the chamber on the three shortest days of the year during the Winter Solstice. A simulation of the event accompanied her words ... a stirring event.

    I’m glad we were able to visit Newgrange this year. Apparently, all tours — except for the Winter Solstice ones — will be discontinued after this season due to damage to the tombs from the humidity generated by the breath of visitors.
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    Sonia Gelman

    Very interesting site. We visited it too.

    1/5/21Reply
    mohotravels

    Oh my goodness, I don't think I knew about this, discontinuing tours. Winter Solstice tours are by lottery. So very grateful that we also got to see the interior of Newgrange. This year I watched the Solstice via live feed on their website. It was wonderful to see, although the simulation was quite good I think. Still, watching the sun enter the tomb on Solstice was kinda cool.

    1/5/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    What with the COVID closure of the site it probably went unnoticed. Perhaps the 2020 forced-closures will have helped heal the damage so that they can do some tours with smaller groups. Our group of 10 was plenty large for that chamber.

    1/6/21Reply
    Nickie Wilkinson

    Fascinating history I read from Wikipedia. Cool to be able to view it,.

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  • Day14

    Athlumney Manor

    July 2, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

    Our last base of operations for our “Ring around Ireland” ... Athlumney Manor in Navan.

    Pauline and her husband, “chatty Pat,” greeted us warmly and showed us to Room #6, which overlooks the lovely front garden.

    After settling in, we drove into Navan to pick up a few snacks for dinner, which we enjoyed at the table in the front yard.

    We’ve got two days left before we wrap up our road trip!
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    mohotravels

    what a lovely place to stay.

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  • Day14

    “Braveheart´s” Trim Castle

    July 2, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

    Following lunch, we completed a few errands in Trim. Then, we set off to visit Trim Castle, which sits on the south bank of the River Boyne. It was built on lands granted to Hugh de Lacy in 1172 by Henry II of England.

    Most people visit this castle not so much for its historic value as they do for its place in popular culture. Some of the scenes for the Mel Gibson movie “Braveheart” were filmed here ... even if they represent locales in England rather than in Ireland. Namely, the area outside the curtain wall was transformed into the 13th century city of York ... which was besieged by William Wallace, the character Gibson portrays in the movie. And the keep became the Tower of London, where Wallace was executed in 1305.
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    mohotravels

    Ireland is most definitely a land of castles. beautiful.

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  • Day20

    Kilkenny to Ashbourne

    May 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Popped out to the Pantry for breakfast, then headed off to the Dunmore Caves. Found out that 120 teenagers were about to arrive for the 10am tour, so headed off to the Rock of Dunamase - the site of a derelict castle on the way back to Dublin. Then on to Ashbourne for lunch and to check into our hotel. Had a quiet afternoon and early dinner before watching TV and an early night before tomorrows flight to Southampton.Read more

    Xx

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    Xx

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    WoW!!!

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  • Day10

    Southampton to Slane

    May 7, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Early start today up at 4am and off to Southampton Airport, fly to Dublin and pick up our car , we have been given a Renault Captur nice size car for us to zip around in. We arrive in Dublin and head off to Ardgillan Demesne in Ardgillan just out of Dublin, we then travelled to Slane via the secenic route as the road was closed in one spot so we had an adventure finding our way, We then went to Slane Castle what an amazing place, rebuilt after a fire nearly destroyed the place. Then had dinner at our hotel and then popped in next door to a graat little pub called Boyle"s, time for bed after a looonnnggg day.Read more

    Maggie Westwood

    Looks amazing, sounds amazing 👍 enjoy every second xxx

    5/7/19Reply

    Enjoy guys. Mark

    5/7/19Reply

    Looks fabulous. Trace

    5/9/19Reply

    Noice

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