I had planned on adding photos to this blog. But the wi fi here at our hotel and B&Bs is not that good and I can't seem to get them to load. So when I get home, and process them, they will go into galleries on this site!
Been super busy and have seen lots of wonderful things!! Friday we took a bus tour up to Northern Ireland. First stop was Belfast for about 45 minutes. Just enough time to get some Pounds Sterling at the ATM and grab a cup of coffee! Then it was back to the bus and we headed to the Dark Hedges, a road lined with 300+ year old beech trees that hang over the road blocking out the sun. It is used in Game of Thrones so has become very popular! Next up was a quick stop to take photos of Dunluce Castle! It's a very famous castle on the very edge of a cliff! One of the places I really wanted to see! Got my wish!!! Then we headed to the Giants Causeway! Amazing place with all these Basalt columns formed by a volcano, millennia ago! We were scheduled to go to the Carrick-a-Rede bridge (a rope bridge over a chasm right on the ocean) next. Sometime the end of May vandals had tried to destroy the bridge. They had repaired it and reopened it but it turned out that it was closed again for more maintenance. So we got in for free and could just walk down to the bridge. I ended up not going all the way down as I was taking so many photos along the way, I ran out of time! Our last stop was this little seaside village with a small cave in the cliff in a pretty little cove. I didn't bother with the cave as I was busy shooting the pretty little cove! Back to Belfast for 30 minutes and then back to Dublin! A very long 13 hour drive!!! But what the heck, I wasn't driving! LOL
Saturday we tooled around Dublin and went to see the Book Of Kells! Magnificent!!! Something I have wanted to see since I was a child! Another wish fulfilled! Later we went to the old piers in Dublin Bay. They had just celebrated their Bi-centennial. Then Saturday night I had a Dublin Photo Tour which was going great until 10:00 pm when it started to pour rain with a strong cold wind! That ended that!
Sunday I got to shoot lots of Georgian Doorways on our way to the National Museum to see the ancient Gold artifacts (think lots of jewelry)! After that our cousin drove us back to the airport to pick up our rental car and our REAL adventure began when we headed to Trim, Ireland with Me driving! Let's just say, it's different!
Monday we had a wonderful private tour of the Boyne River Valley to two megalithic passage tombs, Newgrange and Knowth. After that we went to The Hill of Slane, Slane Castle and Monasterboice (pronounced like Monstaboyce). Thank you Martin from Beautiful Meath Tours! Next morning before taking off back to the airport to pick up my other sister, I took a walk and photographed Trim Castle, about a quarter mile from our B&B!
Which brings us up to today, Tuesday. Another private tour to the Cliffs of Moher (everything they say they are and more), the Burren (a carst limestone environment), the Poulnabrone Dolmen (an megalithic portal tomb) at the Burren, Lahinch Beach, St. Bridget's Well and some other small church and castle ruins! Another FABULOUS day!!! Even with the rain!!! Thank you Fergus from Celtic Limo Services!!!
Again, I am sorry that I am not able to upload any photos. I will keep trying!