Archive for October, 2010

Lincoln and Fried Chicken

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Still in sightseeing & exploring mode, we decided to try someplace different for lunch today, and then to visit one of many places we've never explored. Today began with an inspiring 9:30 service at MVUC this morning—with really nice music and a great history lesson on the formation of the ...

Day 15: Belfast Murals and Queens University, and the drive “home” to Dublin

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Today was our last full day on the island. After checking out of Ballycanal Cottages (which I highly recommend if you're into self-catering), we first headed to Belfast to take pictures of murals, and as it turns out… to search for restrooms. One thing I'll contrast about Northern Ireland and the ...

Day 14: Beaghmore Stone Circles and Belfast

Friday, October 15th, 2010

We set out this morning in search of Beaghmore Stone Circles. I found a National Heritage page that gave the longitude and latitude of the circles, so I put those into my GPS receiver. The coordinates took us right to the circles! Before that, however, Karen needed a restroom. So we ...

Quick Cooler Bag Review

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The problem with zippered "cooler bags" folks use here instead of ice chests... is that they aren't waterproof. They leak. And not just a little. As a result, the bottom of the trunk of the car was soaked. And, I was using two—one zipped inside the other. Both leaked like ...

Day 14-1: Moira to the Giant’s Causeway, et al

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

After Emma's delicious breakfast of scramble eggs, Irish bacon, and whole grain toast, I took a walk around the neighborhood. It turns out that we're right next door to the Moira train station. Here it is: Trains into Belfast come about every half hour. I'm not sure we'll do that, but ...

Day 12: Galway to Dublin to Moira

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

We're at Ballycanal Cottages near Moira, in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. We're way out in the county—in a cottage (there are 5 connected cottages… not stand-alone) that's on a farm with cows, sheep, horses, etc. I'll take some outside pictures tomorrow. Here's where we are (Wren Cottage… the yellow dot ...

Day 11: Galway, Connemara National Park, and a Dear Abbey

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

We spent most of today west of Galway, as we headed towards Connemara National Park and the Kylemore Abbey. There was lots of beautiful scenery along the way—once the fog lifted. We got away shortly after 11 this morning, after wresting with the internet. I finally figured out how to assign ...

Day 10: The Dingle Peninsula

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

On Monday, we headed out to the Dingle Peninsula from Killarney. Dingle is noted for beautiful vistas and ancient monuments. So, we spent the day seeing both. As are many places in western Ireland, roads often are narrow—sometimes too narrow for two vehicles. Yet, the speed limit is often 100k/h—on ...

Day 9: The Ring of Kerry

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

We're at the Gleann Fia Country House B&B in Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland. It's a beautiful property with a stream running through it. We can hear the gentle sound of babbling water from our room. This morning greeted us with eggs, bacon, toast, and a variety of other choices ...

Painting with Paint.net

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

If you don't know about Paint.net, it's a free photo editing utility (just Google Paint.net) that lets you have fun with pictures. I started with this: I then cropped a section to get this: I then used Paint.net's Oil Painting effect to turn them into this:

Day 8: Dublin to Killarney

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

We're in Killarney at a country inn B&B called Gleann Fia. Shortly after our late lunch (we picked up sandwiches at a Topaz—a highway rest stop of sorts similar to On the Run and Sheetz, but smaller) just before reaching the Rock of Cachel, I asked Karen "Where are our ...

Day 7: National Botanic Gardens to Enniskerry

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Today's adventures took us from the National Botanic Gardens to the Powerscourt Waterfall, and to the beach in Killiney. We decided to first drive past the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin on the way up to the Gardens. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a place to hesitate, let alone park. Even ...

Day 6: Mostly Glendalough

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Yesterday, we got another of our famous late starts, and headed immediately for the Leo Burdock's chipper in Rathmines. Traffic was heavy, and the address we had for it was wrong, but we did eventually find it. Most of the LBs are supposedly take-away only, but we didn't want to ...

Day 5: The Dublin Zoo and Chicane

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Today, we visited the Dublin Zoo. The thatched cottage shown here was built in the early 1800s, and was one of the first buildings built on the site for the zoo. We stopped for lunch at the Meer Cat restaurant. Word of advice: don't arrive at the zoo hungry for lunch. ...

Day 4: The Dublin Bus Tour

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Today was a bus day. Busy, too. But, bussy, as well. We began the day by walking to the Seapoint DART stop, where we caught the train into Dublin. If you've never caught the DART, it's much like any other urban/suburban above-ground train station. On the way into Dublin, we saw ...

Ireland, Day 3: From Eaton Square to Avoca

Monday, October 4th, 2010

After breakfast this morning, we set our sights to the south, heading first to Powerscourt House & Gardens. The weather this morning was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera with me, so a number of pictures I wanted to take refused to focus correctly. The camera on ...

Day 2: Dublin

Monday, October 4th, 2010

We began yesterday by heading into St. Stephen's Green, and parking in front of Dublin Unitarian Church. Niamh, our hosts' daughter, told us we'd probably find street parking—free on Sundays until 14h—and we did indeed. We first took a stroll around the green and snapped a few pictures, before heading ...

Because the capital is Dublin…

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

We're staying in a restored Victorian house on Eaton Square in County Dublin, a few miles south of the City of Dublin. The house is on the market, if you're interested, for a mere €1.5 million. With the euro at about $1.35, you can do the math. It's a beautiful ...