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  • Day51

    Rosslare Harbour

    August 24, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Samedi, 24 août 2019
    Les températures sont pas mal remontées depuis hier, nous sommes au sud de l'île. Nous apprécions tout particulièrement de prendre le petit-déjeuner dehors, ce n'était pas souvent le cas ces vacances. Nous ne sommes pas pressés pour partir et avons le temps de vidanger notre cc. Eric ajoute un peu de piment à notre si tranquille voyage irlandais: où est son porte-monnaie? Comme c'est toujours moi qui règle les notes, ce n'est pas évident de retracer l'itinéraire de cet objet, contenant toutes les cartes de mon homme. Après un quart d'heure d'intenses recherches, je l’entrevoie sur le marchepied à l'intérieur du cc. Ouf, on est sauvé! Pour aller dîner, nous allons jusqu'à la plage de Rosslare. Nous nous offrons un dernier fish&chips avant de quitter l'Irlande. Après les habituelles deux heures d'attente au port, notre bateau (le même Stena Horizon qu'à l'aller) quitte Rosslare avec un peu de retard. Nous retrouvons la cabine 521, comme il y a six semaines, avec le même confort rudimentaire. Au revoir Irland, nous revenons certainement un jour.Read more

  • Day17

    Day 17 - The Ring of Hook

    August 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    The alarm went off at 8.00am. We were both tired because we hadn’t slept for differing reasons, Jackie because I kept snoring allegedly & I because Jackie kept hitting me. We got ready & packed up the remainder of our stuff to commence the start of our return journey.

    We met the cleaner, Sheila, & asked what we should do with all our bottles & cans. Her face was one of shock when she saw how many we had & asked if we could take them out for her. They filled a dustbin & more!

    It was just after 10am, when we rode away from Bride Valley Fruit Farm for the last time. We were due to meet up with Chris & Angela somewhere around Waterford, where they were waking up in their fancy hotel following a family wedding yesterday.

    We rode up to Lismore, then followed the N72 to Cappoquin, Cappagh & Lemybrien towards Waterford . We then took a turn down the R680 & in Kilmeaden we posted a postcard that we had written to my Mum & Dad. We skirted around the southern side of Waterford & headed down to the pretty village of Passage East.

    It was here that we met Chris & Angela, then immediately boarded the little car ferry to take us across the Waterford estuary to Ballyhack. Jackie & I nearly missed the ferry, because I set my bike alarm off twice & couldn’t start the bike until the alarm had reset.

    The ferry literally took just a couple of minutes, before we were disembarking in Ballyhack. We had a coffee & cheese toastie outside Byrne’s Bar & Shop, that filled a gaping hole. We hadn’t had a Full Irish that morning!

    We then walked up the road to Ballyhack Castle, which was free entry because it was the start of Heritage week in Ireland. Upon entering we were accosted by Frank, who most definitely had kissed the Blarney Stone. Frank did work at the Castle & was very knowledgeable & by god could he talk. Frank proceeded to give us a lengthy history lesson followed by a thorough description of how the Castle would have been used, before Cromwell trashed it.

    We learnt from Frank that Ballyhack Castle was a large stone house built around 1450 by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John. The Castle has only been partially restored with public money, because it costs a fortune. Frank then referred to Belvelly Castle at Cobh that we had previously seen & had been impressed by. He told us that Belvelly Castle had been bought by a multi-millionaire from Northern Ireland & the cost to restore it had been an eye-watering €5 million.

    Frank allowed us to take ourselves off to wander around the castle. We got to the 1st floor with just a single table & chair in the room. Chris sat down in the chair to pose for a photo, but as he did so there was a crack as if the chair was about to break. This may sound dramatic, but Chris had managed to break a chair at both cottages we stayed in on this trip. It was only after Chris had jumped back up & we had had a nervous giggle that we then saw the sign on the table that said ‘Please Do Not Touch’. We moved on quickly.

    We continued around the rest of the Castle & then we were again accosted by Frank, who very kindly insisted on showing us on a map of the route around the Ring of Hook & all the places we must stop at. Frank then handed us over to his colleague Tim, who was a drawings artist & had made a short video, which we were treated to. At it’s conclusion we said our goodbyes & left, but Frank wasn’t finished with us yet. He followed us out & showed us some architectural features including the head of a bishop & a gargoyle that were on the outside wall of the castle.

    Now a lot more knowledgeable, we returned to our respective modes of transport & set off in convoy anti-clockwise around the Ring of Hook. It was a fabulous ride/drive around the coastline even if we were being battered by the strong winds coming off the ocean.

    Our 1st port of call was Duncannon Village & Fort. According to legend, the Duncannon settlement dates back to the time of Fionn MacCumhaill (a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology) in the 3rd century AD. The fort was built by Queen Elizabeth l in 1588 in expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada.

    Next we stopped at Templetown Church Ruins, formally a Knights Templar Commandery. Angela got out to take photos whilst we all watched. We continued past Loftus Hall which is said to be the most haunted house in Ireland & on to Churchtown Church, site of St. Dubhan’s Monastery. St. Dubhan’s came to Ireland in 452 AD to lead a life of solitude. It is believed he lit the first warning beacon at the tip of Hook, which was maintained for the next 700 years by monks until the Hook Lighthouse was built.

    We drove on to Hook Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula, that was built in the 13th century and is still intact today. It is the world’s oldest working Lighthouse. It also stands in the most scenic & wild of locations.

    Blown back in land, we continued round the Ring of Hook to Tintern Abbey, built around 1200 AD. We declined to pay the €5 entrance fee that should have been free, because it was Heritage week. Instead we walked around the outside of the Abbey & it’s grounds. Sadly the Abbey had some scaffolding up which spoilt the aesthetics, but the bridge & Church were very picturesque.

    Jackie & I wandered around in our motorcycle gear, minus the helmet. I was nonchalantly leaning against the bridge, when Jackie said “You know who you remind me of?” to which I replied “Barry Sheen?” Jackie said it wasn’t, so I started thinking maybe Steve McQueen in The Great Escape or even Evel Knievel. The Jackie blurted out, “The old one in Steptoe & Son”. She was talking about Harold Steptoe!

    With my ego more than slightly dented, we stopped at the cafe for a cup of tea. I’ve already said it once, but the Ring of Hook was a superb drive, with so many historic sites to see in just a 20 odd mile loop.

    We then zipped across country to Rosslare & back to the Rosslare Port Lodge, our Section House for the night again. We also went to the Kilrane Inn for our final supper of battered plaice, curry & burger for me, washed down with white wine, cider & curry. Angela has declared that it is the best fish she has ever eaten. We were back in our hotel by 8.00pm for an early night.

    Song of the Day - Postcard from Heaven by Lighthouse Family.
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  • Day3

    Ierland

    August 13, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Coastguard cottages. Een parking 15min van de Ferry en aan de kust. Mooie locatie om te overnachten en een ochtendwandeling. Aangekomen omstreeks 4:30u en direct gaan slapen. Omstreeks 9:00u toch al wakker maar vanaf nu kan het wat rustiger aan. De zon schijnt en geen wind. Ziet er goed uit voor vandaag.Read more

  • Day4

    Rosslare

    June 12, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    The early bird ...

    Wunderschöner Sonnenaufgang nach einer nicht so schönen Nacht🙄
    Das Zimmer war auf den ersten Blick wirklich hübsch,
    aber das Bett mit 1,40m etwas schmal
    und ziemlich weich
    und mit nur einer Bettdecke...
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  • Day2

    rosslare

    July 7, 2008 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    près donc un voyage houleux , le bateau arrive finalement a Rosslare avec une heure de retard. Tout le monde a quand même bien dormit, et c'est avec une petite émotion que chacun récupère sa moto et sort du bateau....ca y est ....nous y sommes vraiment ....les 11 motos sont arrivées en Irlande !

    1ere étape de franchi, car j'avais quand même la petite angoisse d'une panne au dernier moment et d'un abandon...mais heureusement rien de tout ça et les 20 personnes sont bien sur le quai de Rosslare.

    C'est donc sous un splendide soleil (qui ne va pas nous quitter durant notre voyage) que les 11 motos vont prendre la route vers le 1er gite situé à quelques kms de Killarney.

    1er plein à Rosslare (1€32...moins chère qu'en France à l’époque !). Circulation à gauche....tout le monde a bien mis son petit autocollant "roulez à gauche" sur le compteur pour ne pas oublier de garder sa gauche. De toute façon tout le monde me suit...donc c'est à moi de faire gaffe !

    Nous prenons la RN25 et à 13h, nous arrivons a Waterford. 1er repas dans une brasserie ,1er mots en anglais... bref tout fonctionne visiblement!
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  • Day3

    Rosslare: Erstes Guinness

    June 11, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Georgs Geheimtipp 💕👍.Essen wollten wir eigentlich in dem ersten bzw. letzten Pub in Irland (je nach dem von welcher Seite man nach Rosslare kommt) aber das zweite/vorletzte sah viel hübscher aus. Außerdem gab es da keine Speisekarte in Deutsch.
    Leider waren beide Pubs gefühlte 100 km von unserem B&B entfernt ... und wir waren diesmal zu Fuß
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  • Day16

    Die letzten Stunden auf der Insel

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Logbucheintrag von Sarah: Unsere letzte Tour begann um 10:00Uhr bei Sonnenschein und 13,5°C. Wir steuerten Wexford zu einem kleinen Stadtbummel an. Im Hafen sah man wieder ein paar Robben schwimmen und eine junge Möwe war scharf auf unser Sandwich. Mehr gibt es zu diesem Ausflug nicht zu berichten. 12:30Uhr besuchten wir den Curracloe Beach, da wo vor 12 Tagen unsere Reise begann. Leider zog sich der Himmel immer mehr zu, und wir machten uns gegen 14:15Uhr auf den Weg nach Rosslare. Hier und da machten wir noch einen kleinen Umweg, da wir noch viel Zeit bis zum einchecken hatten. Es gab Kaffee und Kuchen unterwegs und das Wetter wurde immer schlechter. Nochmal in den Supermarkt und dann in ein Restaurant. Draußen konnte man es nicht aushalten. Nach dem letzten Burger und letzten Guiness auf der Insel, spielten wir noch zwei Runden Billiard, um die Zeit tot zu schlagen. Auf die Fähre rollten wir gegen halb 8, natürlich wieder ganz nach oben. Die Überfahrt startete etwas eher und der Kapitän sagte, dass das Wetter stürmisch wird. Er sollte recht behalten. Nach unserem 2. Bier, kam die Fähre mächtig ins schwanken, aufs Außendeck durften wir nicht mehr, das Wasser spritzte gegen die Scheiben im 5. Deck. Wir entschieden uns ins Bett zu gehen, eine erholsame Nacht wurde es nicht.Read more

  • Day20

    Auf der Fähre

    August 7, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Wir haben beschlossen früher als von uns gebucht die Fähre zu nehmen. Natürlich haben ein Fexi Ticket bebucht und waren schlau...dachten wir! Das Flexi Ticket heißt nur, dass man es umbuchen kann nicht das es nix kostet. Uns ist es am Ende egal, wir wollen nach Wales.Read more

  • Day12

    Rosselare harbour

    August 22, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Terug naar Engeland 3:15 u varen.
    In tegenstelling tot vorige keer kan je nu film zien in de bar. Alle banken zijn toch weer snel bezet voor de slapers.
    We zien een film op de iPad, lezen wat om de tijd te verdrijven.Read more

    Mariatche

    Terug helemaal dwarsen .....

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