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    • Day 8

      Ah, Dingle

      April 6, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 46 °F

      The view changes every few minutes as we watch our lovely view of the Dingle harbor.

      50 degrees and windy.
      Yes, those are palm trees 🌴! Because it never freezes here and the Atlantic Gulf Stream is just off shore, the wind has a warmth to it that is quite surprising. That said , today’s rain is what the Irish refer to as “lashing rain” and is formidable.
      Latitude here is 52 degrees north, for context Calgary Alberta is 51 degrees north.

      The library here at the Greenmount called my name and I stayed here while Jörg went roaming and scouting , took care of our laundry and brought home pizza .

      We successfully changed our reservations for the rest of the trip to accommodate the changes necessary because some of our friends and family are in quarantine this week .

      P.s. Ronnie ; We did see Tom Crean’s
      South Pole Bar in Anascoul on our way here and will try and find some of his brew.There is also a Tom Crean pub in Kenmare which would be lovely to visit .

      The Dingle Peninsula is in County Kerry and is the most western location of Europe .

      We saw our first rainbow / from its appearance to its disappearance/ 2 minutes and every second stunning.
      Breakfast/ the food, the view, the staff …❤️
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    • Day 10

      It’s Friday so it must be County Cork

      April 8, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 43 °F

      A perfect day for a road trip with sunny skies and light traffic .
      We enjoyed the scenery along the sea coast and stopped at the amazing Inch Beach.
      The road through Macroom is under construction as a bypass around the town is underway so we took this opportunity to show you the look of a typical small town. You can see how the carriage paths were paved over to make the roads so the buildings are literally on the street with no sidewalks or front yards.
      Watching the ambulance make its way through was amazing.

      We arrived in Ballincollig just in time to get changed and head out to “ the cousins” for a gathering.
      Cousin Darina offered to pick us up and drive us to Cousin Keara’s and we happily accepted her offer.
      9 adult cousins and many of their kids and grandkids too so a swirl of family that is amazing.
      We were happy to gift this family with one of Ronnie’s newest books and they were thrilled .
      The family are avid readers and Keara is writing a history of Ballinora, where she and Darina grew up .
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    • Day 27

      Kilmacthomas Greenway

      June 1, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Lovely village, another accident as we were delayed by roadworks after swimming yesterday, so we ended up stopping here for the night. The buildings are all painted bright colours, there is a shop called Lennons, and we are parked between an abandoned mill and a community orchard, at the start of a huge greenway carrying on until the next city.

      Seems most of Ireland is beautiful, so some of our nicest spots are totally unplanned as it's just too easy to end up somewhere gorgeous. People seem friendly everywhere you go. So far so good for the whole country 👌🏼🇮🇪🥰

      Oh and we finally found a toothbrush for Lennon 🙈 his poor little rotten, month old teeth are finally clean 😆
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    • Day 29

      Kinsale

      June 3, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Me and Lennon took a walk down the river into the village of Kinsale while Brace was working. Known for being the most beautiful, colourful, and traditionally Irish village in the country. Apparently it's so beautiful, people who visit never leave... (a lady I met backs this up, she came to visit her sister for 2 weeks over 30 years ago 🤣) So if you don't see us again you'll know where to come looking!Read more

    • Day 31

      Muckross Small Traditional Farm

      June 5, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      The 'small' farm was 20,000 acres, Lennon met his first piglets and chickens... I can't help but wonder if he thinks all animals are strange dogs... Given he hasn't met any or watched TV or anything 🤣 poor hippy weird kid 😆

      He loved it here because he got tonnes of attention from the women working here as guides/farm keepers
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    • Day 31

      Muckross Petting Farm

      June 5, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Lennon LOVED the animals
      We had an amazing experience really, there was a goat in labour, even the farmer was surprised, he thought she was just fat not pregnant 🤣
      We could have stayed to watch her have the baby but it felt horrible watching 😂 very special though.
      We also saw another farmer training a stray dog on the fence boundary. There was an Irish Wolf Hound, who's brother recently passed, leaving the girl heartbroken. They found a stray dog in the local park and have taken it in to be the remaining sisters new friend 😍
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    • Day 31

      Muckross Large Traditional Farm

      June 5, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      We met a lovely Man in the school, he told us loads of info about the school in the 30s then he suddenly sang a traditional irish song to Lennon so I danced (with Lennon in his sling) and Lennon laughed 🤣

      Such an amazing place, really gave you a good idea of what life would have been like working/living there in the 30s ☺️
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    • Day 15

      Die überlauffenen Klippen

      June 4, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Der nächste Tag startet nicht etwa so, wie man es sich denken könnte, wenn man an einem neuen Ort ankommt, mit einem gemütlichen Stadtbummel in Galway. Das Wetter ist uns nämlich weiterhin sehr wohlgesonnen, so dass wir uns direkt auf den Weg ins nächste County machen, das am WAW liegt, das vielbesungene County Clare.

      Wir nehmen das Auto und fahren ca. eine Stunde auf kurvigen Strassen entlang der Galway Bay in den Burren (https://www.burrennationalpark.ie/), die Karstlandschaft, die den Norden des County Clare entscheidend prägt. Der kleine, erstmals unscheinbare Ort an dem wir parken heisst Doolin. Hier gibt es unter anderem ein Fährverbindung auf die Arran Island, auf die wir nach einigem hin und her in diesen Ferien verzichten (ist eine Reise für sich Wert). Zugleich ist es der Startpunkt zur Wanderung auf die berühmtesten Klippen Irlands, die Cliffs of Moher, die wir in rund 2 Stunden erklimmen wollen (und dann auch wieder "absteigen").
      Ein flacher Anfang und einige Trampelpfade erleichtern den Einstieg aber nur der Blick nach vorne lässt einem erahnen, dass es dann noch etwas aufwärts gehen wird. Die Cliffs of Moher sind nicht die höchsten Klippen Irlands, aber vielleicht die malerischsten? Das liegt im Auge des Betrachters. Mir gefällt ganz besonders, dass man bei gutem Wetter eine super Sicht auf die südlichste der Arran Inseln - Inis Oírr - hat.
      Wir steigen als in der Höhe kontinuierlich und erfreuen uns ab schönem Wetter, guter Aussicht und nicht zu vielen Leuten, die ebenfalls die Idee mit dem Walk hatten. Als wir dann nach gut 100 Minuten auf dem höchsten Plateau der Cliffs ankommen, ändert sich dieses Bild schlagartig: Viele Menschen haben es bereits mit Cars oder ihrem Auto zu den Klippen geschafft und machen die Ruhe und Idylle des Ortes deutlich zunichte. Gut, wir gehören auch zu dieser Menge und dennoch verdirbt es etwas die Laune, länger oben auf dem Plateau zu verweilen. Nach 15 Minuten und einigen Fotos steigen wir wieder ab und merken, dass ca. 20 Minuten von der Anhöhe entfernt die Fotos sogar noch etwas schöner sind, da mehr dieser Kette von Felsvorsprüngen fotografiert werden kann.
      Nach insgesamt 4 Stunden und doch einigen Bobolis und Wehwelis (ja die Wanderung hoch und runter ist nicht ohne) erreichen wir mit vielen Eindrücken wieder Doolin wo wir uns im O'Connells Pub einen wohlverdienten Burger mit Pommes Frites gönnen, ehe wir zurück nach Galway fahren.

      Was bleibt von diesem Besuch bei den Cliffs? Für Sonja war es das erste Mal, also macht es auch Sinn, ganz nach oben zu laufen um sich einen Eindruck von der ganzen Schönheit des Ortes zu verschaffen. Ist man aber schon oben bei den Klippen und in den Shops gewesen, so tut man vielleicht besser dran, einfach die nicht minderschönen Wege bei dem Weg von Doolin hoch zu geniessen.

      à plus.....
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    • Day 34

      The Cliffs of Moher

      June 8, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      The trips most anticipated stop... Was a tourist trap sadly and a huge let down.
      Beautiful yes but the Kerry Cliffs we visited the other day were more our style.
      Glad we went though and was fun to be almost blown to our deaths off a cliff by the craziest wind imaginable 😂Read more

    • Day 19

      Roots

      June 20, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      After bidding goodbye to Bridie and her lovely home, we headed to St John’s Church in Tralee. What another amazing old structure. It was humbling to think that my grandma received the Sacrament of Baptism in this church in 1890. Off to the office where we got contact information for the archivist of the church. I’ll email him details and any pictures of documents we have. The parish cemetery is a few miles away, so we headed off to Rathass Cemetery. The caretaker of the cemetery was so helpful. He took both my great grandparents names and did a search, but found nothing. He said the data base is very incomplete before the 1920’s. We took a few pictures of headstones with Reidy names and will try and do more research through Ancestry. It’s amazing how easy it is to spend 2 hours in a cemetery.
      We had at least another hour to get to Kilcolgan in Galway county just south of Kilorglin, where we stayed many years back with Jen and Kelly. Our hosts for the next two days are Kate and Michael at Rafterys Way. So we hit our first Motorway of the trip. M18, with a speed limit of 120km/hr. We think it’s around 75miles/hr but the 120 is much more impressive! Kate offered us tea and biscuits when we arrived, had a chance to explore her garden and talk flowers with her and politics with Michael. As in the US, there are varied opinions about how each government handled the Covid lockdown. Tourism is such a huge component here that many businesses never could reopen. One owner we spoke with in Dingle said they learned some very important lessons from the lockdown. He said it rekindled their family time which had been lacking due to the business. He has chosen to close on Sundays for family time. Many businesses don’t have that luxury.
      Had an early dinner and bedtime. Heading to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands by ferry tomorrow.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Munster, An Mhumhain, مونستر, Манстэр, Мънстър, Cúige Mumhan, مونستەر, Манстер, Munsteri provints, Còigeamh Mumhan, Queiggey Mooan, מנסטר, マンスター, მანსტერი, Мунстер, 먼스터, Momonia, Mansteris, Munster Séng, Momonîn, منستر, Munsteri, مونسٹر, 芒斯特省

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