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Rest and Recovery in Misty Adare, and a Visit to Lough Gur

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

The past five days had been Very Hectic, so we decided to take the morning off from touring and relax a bit. We slept in, ate a late, sedate breakfast, then went for a stroll.

I had been up since the chirping birds began serenading us […]

The Long, Lovely Drive Across Southern Ireland

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Father’s Day began early enough, with cleaning up, packing and preparing to travel again. I was extra-excited as today we would see Kilkenny, Cashel and finish in Adare, my all-time favorite Irish hamlet. (I wonder why they call it a hamlet? Not big enough to […]

The Road Through Wicklow to Waterford

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

The road tour portion of the Great Irish Photo Safari and Pub Grub Rummage began this morning. John Carey, a professional limousine driver, tour guide and personal friend, met us at 0900 sharp with his Mercedes Benz all spiffed up and ready to go. We […]

Sneaking Around Dublin on the Bus

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Yesterday’s long and satifying hours were followed by a short night of sleep in our castle. Paula Jo had big plans for us for our only full day in Dublin, so we had to get going early! Sadly, though, by the time we got dressed […]

Ireland, Day One: Clontarf, The Sights of Dublin, and Messrs. Maguire

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We deplaned in a light drizzle at Dublin Inernational Airport, a bit tired and very excited. Clearing immigration in Dublin was a big hassle, though. They’re reworking a lot of the terminal, and space is cramped. We had to queue for almost an hour. Seems several […]

The Irish Adventure Begins: Leaving on a Jet Plane (or Three)

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

The Big Day finally arrived. We’re off to Ireland!

We didn’t have to get an early start, as getting to Ireland involves an overnight flight. We finished our packing and preparations, and somehow all the stuff that PJ bought, bartered for and borrowed was stowed in […]

No Time to Talk, Only One More Day Before Ireland

Sorry I can’t stay and chat, but we’re busy. (That’s a policy statement, don’t worry if there’s not much to actually see.) PJ had a shopping list that will, all by itself, fill at least two large checkable travel bags. And that’s just her stuff.

A little more than a week ago, PJ and I […]

One Last Plate of Tex-Mex, Then We Go

The plane leaves in less that 48 hours for Ireland, and I’m ready to go. Well, okay, I’m not quite ready. Other than finishing a report or two, traveling home, then shopping, packing and stuff like that, though, I’m ready.

Oh, and I really, really need a Tex-Mex fix. Bad. I mean a good one. […]