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John Carey, Tour Guide Extraordinaire

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

I’ve mentioned John Carey, our driver in Ireland, quite a bit the last few posts. Time to pay him his due in writing. The short version: He did a phenomenal job for us, and we’re grateful for his active assistance in forging strong memories during […]

Home Again, Resting and Remembering

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Today was very hard. Just getting out of bed, after yesterday’s mad dash (and six extra hours due to time-zone relocations), was Very Hard. Realizing we’re not in Ireland anymore, well, that was the Hardest of All…

It was fun, though. Grand, glorious fun! All the […]

Oh No, We're Stuck in Ireland!

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

Travel is such a pain, sometimes. We got up early and skipped breakfast, as we had a fairly early flight scheduled for our return to the States. (We didn’t want any breakfast, as we were afraid it would spoil our planned beef dinner on the […]

Our Return Begins: Birr Castle, Tullamore and Dublin

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We enjoyed one last, full Irish breakfast in the Maigue Restaurant this morning, then came the hard part: Saying goodbye to everybody. We’ve only been here a bit over a week, but somehow it feels like leaving family or something. Maybe that’s because the Dunraven […]

Running Rings in County Kerry

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We got an early start today, as our plan would take us on the longest drive of the tour. We were heading down to County Kerry, to “run the ring” with all the tour buses and tourists. (We’re not tourists, you see; I got that […]

Seeking Fish & Chips and Whisky: Touring the South of County Cork

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

John was waiting a bit early this morning, or else we were maybe a few minutes late getting our stuff together for the days touring. We had a five-minute delay while we stopped for batteries for my camera. Today’s agenda: The south of County Cork, […]

Mountain Passes and Racing Sheep: The Dingle Peninsula

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We set out to conquer tour Dingle today, after stoking up on the usual breakfast goodies at the Maigue Restaurant. Dingle’s a pretty fair ride from Adare, but with good roads to Tralee we made great time at first. We took a short detour through […]

The Bones of Ireland: The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

This entry is part of a series, Ireland 2009»

We breakfasted at the Maigue, our usual start. I tried tea this time, and it was great, but not my style. PJ seems to enjoy it, though. And toast. She has toast almost every morning here; maybe I’ve missed out on one of her favorites […]