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June 21

New York

June 22

June 23

London

June 24   Travel,  Bankside Walk

June 25   Westminster

June 26   The Tower

June 27   Greenwhich, Piccadilly

June 28   Stonehenge, Bath

June 29   St Pauls, Death N Murder

June 30   Travel

Ireland

July 1  Slug a Bed

July 2  Blarney

July 3  Bunratty, Burren,  Moher

July 4  MizenHead, BarleyCove

July 5  Limerick, Lough Gur

July 6   Killarney, Ring of Kerry

July 7   Dublin,  Guinness

July 8   Dublin, Jameson

July 9   Dublin, my birthday!

July 10  Homeward bound

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June 21

New York

June 22

June 23

London

June 24   Travel,  Bankside Walk

June 25   Westminster

June 26   The Tower

June 27   Greenwhich, Piccadilly

June 28   Stonehenge, Bath

June 29   St Pauls, Death N Murder

June 30   Travel

Ireland

July 1  Slug a Bed

July 2  Blarney

July 3  Bunratty, Burren,  Moher

July 4  MizenHead, BarleyCove

July 5  Limerick, Lough Gur

July 6   Killarney, Ring of Kerry

July 7   Dublin,  Guinness

July 8   Dublin, Jameson

July 9   Dublin, my birthday!

July 10  Homeward bound

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Irish Beef

Today we went to Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

The link below explains Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

http://www.group-trotter.net/ireland/places/bunratty/bunratty.html

On the wall in the entryway to the castle there is a letter written by Jackie Kennedy after having visited there.

Letter from Jackie Kennedy

We wandered through the castle and through quite a bit of the park

Byron and Rowena in Bunratty Castle

The view from the Bunratty Castle battlements is amazing.
From the top of Bunratty Castle

There is also a little shopping area,

Shop Window

a post office, and a cafeteria. We had lunch there before getting on the road again. The food was forgettable 8(


After Bunratty we drove to the Cliffs Of Moher. Otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride.

The Cliffs of Moher

When viewing the cliffs, you have a choice. You can head toward the left out over the cliffs, or to the right, which goes up a ways and gives you a vantage point for viewing the cliffs. To the right there are stairs which we chose to take.

The Stairs up to view the Cliffs of Moher

I guess we had all been cooped up in the car a bit much because Byron and Rowena and I started jogging up the steps. For me, this didn't last long of course. I started walking again, and I guess I had tired myself out more than I thought, becasue I didn't pick my feet up far enough and managed to trip up one of the sets of stairs. That's right folks, second time on this vacation.

(I forgot to mention slamming my head into the low hanging stairwell at the cottage yesterday and again today in one of the cottages at Bunratty.)

Falling

Ever take one of those slow motion falls? I had enough time as I was falling to analyze the fact that I was holding my camera out in front of me, and that the camera had the precious wide angle lens that Jim had given me for christmas on it. My priorities clear, I somehow managed to twist around so that the camera was saved, and I landed on my right (a. k. a. the bad) shoulder. Something popped in there. For a few moments I lay there taking in the pain. Couldn't feel my fingers at first, and my shoulder was hurting like hell. It's very convenient travelling with a first responder, though. Byron came back and did a quick check on me. Grabbed my hand, asked me to squeeze and I was amazed to discover my fingers were not only still there, but worked! He sat me up and had me try to move my shoulder, and we discovered I suddenly had better range of motion than I have had for the last several months.

Jim on the Cliffs of Mohr

Through all of this, other hand was being held by what I assumed was my husband, but once I was no longer distracted I realized the hand-holder was a random older gentleman and that my husband was standing several feet away with Rowena, waiting for Byron to finish checking me out. This struck me as hilarious for some reason. Also, a nice lady nearby informed us her friend was a Dr and I should let her look at my shoulder, but by then the pain in my shoulder was fading quicky and we finished heading to the top plateau of the stairs.

The Cliffs of Moher

You all have seen the cliffs in the movie, I'm sure, but I can't begin to put into words the beauty of the cliffs in person.


While we were in Bunratty, I had bought some stamps for some postcards for my niece and nephew and I found a postbox in the parking lot across the road from the Cliffs, so I was able to post those. yay!

Next we drove to the Burren.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burren

We stopped at the Portal Tomb. You follow a path out to near the tomb and then have to hop from one rock to another to get up close.

In the Burren

After taking a few picture of the Polnabron

Pol na Bron

we hopped rocks around the area and up to alittle ridge line.

On the Burren

You could see between some of the stones far enough to tell there were little caverns under some of them.

Burren Flora

In the center of one rock I fould what looked like a perfect scrying bowl, complete with snail shells and weeds.

Scrye

A storm was moving in, so we made our way back to the van and headed home. On the way, we made a stop at a place called Thad's Steakhouse for dinner.

Through the Portal Tomb

Addendum: The weather here is schizo! I think this is where the saying "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" comes from. Rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny, rainy, ,alternating all day long!
brassangel: (angelic zwinky)
Irish Beef

Today we went to Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

The link below explains Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

http://www.group-trotter.net/ireland/places/bunratty/bunratty.html

On the wall in the entryway to the castle there is a letter written by Jackie Kennedy after having visited there.

Letter from Jackie Kennedy

We wandered through the castle and through quite a bit of the park

Byron and Rowena in Bunratty Castle

The view from the Bunratty Castle battlements is amazing.
From the top of Bunratty Castle

There is also a little shopping area,

Shop Window

a post office, and a cafeteria. We had lunch there before getting on the road again. The food was forgettable 8(


After Bunratty we drove to the Cliffs Of Moher. Otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride.

The Cliffs of Moher

When viewing the cliffs, you have a choice. You can head toward the left out over the cliffs, or to the right, which goes up a ways and gives you a vantage point for viewing the cliffs. To the right there are stairs which we chose to take.

The Stairs up to view the Cliffs of Moher

I guess we had all been cooped up in the car a bit much because Byron and Rowena and I started jogging up the steps. For me, this didn't last long of course. I started walking again, and I guess I had tired myself out more than I thought, becasue I didn't pick my feet up far enough and managed to trip up one of the sets of stairs. That's right folks, second time on this vacation.

(I forgot to mention slamming my head into the low hanging stairwell at the cottage yesterday and again today in one of the cottages at Bunratty.)

Falling

Ever take one of those slow motion falls? I had enough time as I was falling to analyze the fact that I was holding my camera out in front of me, and that the camera had the precious wide angle lens that Jim had given me for christmas on it. My priorities clear, I somehow managed to twist around so that the camera was saved, and I landed on my right (a. k. a. the bad) shoulder. Something popped in there. For a few moments I lay there taking in the pain. Couldn't feel my fingers at first, and my shoulder was hurting like hell. It's very convenient travelling with a first responder, though. Byron came back and did a quick check on me. Grabbed my hand, asked me to squeeze and I was amazed to discover my fingers were not only still there, but worked! He sat me up and had me try to move my shoulder, and we discovered I suddenly had better range of motion than I have had for the last several months.

Jim on the Cliffs of Mohr

Through all of this, other hand was being held by what I assumed was my husband, but once I was no longer distracted I realized the hand-holder was a random older gentleman and that my husband was standing several feet away with Rowena, waiting for Byron to finish checking me out. This struck me as hilarious for some reason. Also, a nice lady nearby informed us her friend was a Dr and I should let her look at my shoulder, but by then the pain in my shoulder was fading quicky and we finished heading to the top plateau of the stairs.

The Cliffs of Moher

You all have seen the cliffs in the movie, I'm sure, but I can't begin to put into words the beauty of the cliffs in person.


While we were in Bunratty, I had bought some stamps for some postcards for my niece and nephew and I found a postbox in the parking lot across the road from the Cliffs, so I was able to post those. yay!

Next we drove to the Burren.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burren

We stopped at the Portal Tomb. You follow a path out to near the tomb and then have to hop from one rock to another to get up close.

In the Burren

After taking a few picture of the Polnabron

Pol na Bron

we hopped rocks around the area and up to alittle ridge line.

On the Burren

You could see between some of the stones far enough to tell there were little caverns under some of them.

Burren Flora

In the center of one rock I fould what looked like a perfect scrying bowl, complete with snail shells and weeds.

Scrye

A storm was moving in, so we made our way back to the van and headed home. On the way, we made a stop at a place called Thad's Steakhouse for dinner.

Through the Portal Tomb

Addendum: The weather here is schizo! I think this is where the saying "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" comes from. Rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny, rainy, ,alternating all day long!

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