England ~ The Lake District, Windermere, Castlerigg Stone Circles

Sunday July 27th ~ The Lake District, England

Just a quick recap of how we got from Ireland to England.  On Friday we took the Ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, England and then four trains brought us all the way to Windermere which is to be our home base for five nights as we explore the Lake District.

Old English Hotel

Old England Hotel

The Old England Hotel is situated right on the lake.  It was a bit of a splurge for us to book here, but I’m so glad we did.  This is a lovely property.  The staff is helpful and courteous. The room is clean, roomy and the bed is one of the most comfortable we have had.  The shower is hot with good water pressure, with a separate bathtub.  We even have a view of the lake from our room!

Bowness Harbor

Bowness Harbor

We spent Saturday just walking around, enjoying the sunshine and getting familiar with the area along the lakes edge.  Instead of a walk-about, we did a stroll-about.  Taking our time, people watching, eating an ice cream cone, and feeding the swans and geese that are everywhere. Continue reading

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Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and my wrap up of Ireland

Thursday July 24th ~ Northern Ireland

What a day - What a view!

What a day – What a view!

Our last day in Ireland we took a long all-day trip using Irish Day Tours once again to the northern tip of the island.  Click here to see the map and itinerary.  There were several photo stops along the way, but the two highlights were a rope bridge and a 6 million year old volcanic anomaly.

Actually, let me rephrase that…

The highlight was the drop-dead gorgeous scenery in both of these locations.

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Dublin, Ireland ~ a few more things to see, do and where to eat

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 22nd and 23rd ~ Dublin, Ireland

Spire of Dublin aka Monument of Light

Spire of Dublin aka Monument of Light

The Spire of Dublin is the worlds tallest sculpture, located on O’Connell Street.

Our time in Dublin was fast coming to an end and we had still not done our normal routine – taking the Hop-on Hop-off bus for an overview and get us to some of the major sites we wanted to explore.

Since I am once again behind in my blogging, I will condense our two-day exploring into one or two favorite shots from each of the major attractions we visited.  I’ll also provide a link so you can get a little more information if you are interested.

Glasnevin Cemetery

There are over 1.5 MILLION buried in Glasnevin Cemetery

There are over 1.5 MILLION buried in Glasnevin Cemetery

I know it seems rather strange for a cemetery to be listed as a top tourist attraction in a city, but it certainly is in Dublin and comes complete with guided tours.  It is listed as #4 out of 279 things to do per Trip Advisor!  Tim and I took a private tour and gained admittance inside the largest monument in the cemetery – under the tower and inside the tomb of Daniel O’Connell.

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Ireland ~ Dingle Peninsula, Voted one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Sunday July 20th ~ Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula

Day two of our weekend get-a-way started with a nice breakfast at our little B&B.  It appears that this place has changed names four times.  They may be running from a bad reputation???  It certainly was basic and in need of some TLC, but we did fine.  I actually slept for 12 hours straight!

At 11:00 our new guide for the day, Fergal, picked four of us up at the B and B.  The sun was trying to come out and front row seats had been reserved for us which got us started on a positive note.

Travel Hint:  If you have a choice, sit on the right hand side of the bus for Ring of Kerry and on the left side for Dingle Peninsula for best viewing.

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Paddywagon Tour, Ring of Kerry and Goat Kings

Saturday July 19th, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Mollie Malone Statue, in front of Old Stone Church

Mollie Malone Statue, in front of Old Stone Church – the meet up point for day tours from Dublin

Very early Saturday morning we departed our third hotel in Dublin (Clyde Court) and dropped our roller board suitcases off at what will be hotel number four (O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel) when we return Sunday night.  We are off for a two-day weekend with Paddywagon Tours to explore the Ring of Kerry, overnight in Killarney and then the Dingle Peninsula on Sunday.  I am dividing this up into two posts, one for each day.

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Giant Irish Deer, Bog Bodies, Yeats and Birthday Wishes

Wednesday July 15th ~ Dublin City

National Museum of Ireland - Archeology

National Museum of Ireland – Archeology

We had been told about the bog bodies that had been found, and our curiosity had been peaked.  When we left the hotel, our original plan was to walk a few blocks to restaurant row and have a late lunch.  We were only a few feet down the road when Tim suggests we go to the museum to see what the bog men display was all about.

There is usually a line of taxi cabs in front of major hotels, and we simply went to the head of the line.  Since this was totally out of the blue, we did not have any idea which museum housed the exhibit.  Inquiring with the driver, he too did not know, so he consulted with two other fellow drivers, they came to a conclusion of which museum, and off we went.

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Rock of Cashel and Kissing the Blarney Stone

Tuesday July 15th ~ Touring through Ireland in Tipperary and Cork

On our drive south toward Rock of Cashel, fields of wild flowers

On our drive south toward Rock of Cashel, fields of wild flowers

What fascinates me the most is the amazing marketing campaign that has somehow managed to get a million people or more a year to travel 1000’s of miles, then wait in line for one to two hours, climb up narrow winding steep steps to the top of a rock building, put your life in the hands of a total stranger, bend over backwards, and then put your lips on a piece of stone covered by God only knows how many germs.  Well done Ireland!!!

And we, like all those others, are off today to do just that! Continue reading

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