Re: May Weekday Chats`
posted at 5/28/2009 10:08 AM EDT
Oh boy tt, I printed out your post - so I can remember everything. I knew you would come through for me. No, the people we are going with are not Irish at all - far from it. I will be the only European in the lot. But we are all so anxious to go. We have been to the Lake District, to Wales and to Scottland. And we loved it. Now we will be visiting Ireland, which we have been wanting to do for a very long time. We are basically staying at one place and then take day trips from there. I am just so anxious to visit the European culture and the beautiful places it offers. Of course we wil go to Waterford. That is must, but I am so glad you mentioned other places as well. We are kind of non-turists, that like to visit places off the beaten path.
Thanks again my dear friend - Pingo
To add. No, we are not going on a tour. We will fly in to Shannon, rent a car and do our own sight seing. This is what we always like to do. No schedule - see what we want an linger at the places we like the most.
Good morning, Pingo If your trip to Ireland is next week, then you already have your travel mapped out with the places you will visit and stay. I don't know if you are going with a tour or traveling on your own. The tours are pretty good, they will take you to not only the touristy sites, but to some smaller towns, and along those roads you may be lucky enough as we were, to pass a tinker family or two driving and living in a caravan. If you are driving in from Shannon airport, stop at the Cliffs of Moher, it's breathtaking. We did not go to northern Ireland at all. Galway and Killarney were my favorite cities. Dublin, of course, should be visited for all the cultural places, Trinity College for the Book of Kells, and stroll down to McClory's dept. store where we found beautiful Irish lace curtains that came off of large rolls, cut to your exact measurements. The guys might be interested in the Guinness brewery. At the Blarney Stone location there are wonderful woolen mills with great bargains, and across the street before you turn in to the Blarney Stone are a couple of shops with good buys on Waterford crystal, as well as the Irish jewelry (tho Irish gold carat only goes to 10, I believe) and Belleek china. In Waterford, the Waterford Crystal factory is worth a tour. For scenic drives, of course, the Ring of Kerry and the Lakes of Killarney are spectacular. Stop at local pubs and try their soups and scones, and at night you'll be entertained by local musicians. Talking to locals, you can get directions to some excellent eating places that are off the beaten track. There's a lot of driving between towns, but the beautiful "shades of green" scenery, and sheep on the hillside with the red ownership markings, as well as the ruins of castles and forts, is so relaxing. Have a wonderful trip, I wish I were going with you. Should also mention - I don't know if the people you are traveling with are Irish, but if so, a must stop would be the city of Cobh, where the ships carrying Irish immigrants sailed from. We stood on the very docks where my ancestors would have stood and taken their last look at the hilly streets of Ireland. Very moving.
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