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All of Paris’ Impressionism en un Jour!

Sunday it was business as usual in Paris and for K & J -on the quest to see all impressionist art at least once, and in this case twice! K&J are happy to have momma K along and she had not visited some of the impressionist hot spots so we were happy to fit them in. In all told we …

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Goodbye Snow, Hello Croissants!

Friday afternoon after a good de-icing we took off just in time for Iceland and then Paris. We arrived the next day at noon for the weekly Saturday Parisian to-do. Walking to our hotel we saw about 15 to-doers huddled on a median with police watching on the Saint Germain boulevard. A side street here and there blocked to cars …

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The Ring of Kerry

We are staying in Killarney for 3 nights and are a bit put off by how touristy it is. Never the less the Lakes of Killarney await, around the Ring of Kerry we go! Our first stop was Ross Castle. Perched on the lake, it has been restored using only period techniques (it has a roof!) and period furniture brought …

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Dingle Peninsula Freestyling

Sometimes you just got to make it up as you go. Monday we left county Clare for county Kerry and the Kilrush Marina to take a ferry to Scattery island an uninhabited island with 5 church ruins and 1 round tower. On the way we hoped to spot some of the famous dolphins but…upon arrival we discovered the ferry had …

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The Rock of Cashel…

No this isnt about a movie with the back story of the rock and the advent of the peoples elbow.  It is the continuation of our mid-Killarney-Kilkenny castle viewing! The castle sits up on a rock overlooking the town of Cashel.  It was originally a richly decorated in stone chapel in Roman-as style.  This was walled a bit later and …

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Cahir Castle…

In our travels from Killarney to kilkenny we made a stop in the middle to do some castle viewing. It was a quick visit.  There were several rings of walls to the castle plus a moat and river surrounding the base.  The front door to the castle is above witha a cannon gaurding the way. The castle keep was restored …

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The Burren: Rocks up high and down low

Sunday we traveled to the west coast and visited the Burren Area (a ecologically unique flat limestone plateau. Our first stop on the loop was the Cliffs of Moher. The view was stunning, looming so high over the Atlantic, with the O’Brien’s Tower in the background at the crest. It was early in the morning so the sun was only …

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Adventure cancelled..

Today was an early start.  Up well before the sun.  And a bit of a drive out to Portmagee from Killarney.  We were scheduled to catch our boat ride for an hour trip over to skellig michael, the home to an 8th century monestary and also filming home to the new star wars movie. Once we got there and got …

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County Meath & County Clare

Continuing our circumnavigation of Ireland we headed from Northern Ireland southwest through Meath and Clare counties and hit two big sights on the way. First stop was Bru na Boinne visitor center which coordinates the Neolithic sites in the area, including Newgrange, a Neolithic passage tomb built 5000 years ago, that is 400 years before the great pyramids. At our …

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Armagh, Northern Ireland

On Friday we left the northern coast and headed to the center of Northern Ireland and the city of Armagh. But first things first, before leaving the coast we visited the Old Bushmills Distillery. Nothing says one lane roads with two way traffic like a little morning whiskey mixed in. Ok, we did not do the whiskey tasting (we did …