Dear friends and readers,
My absence from the blogosphere was due to our stay in Ireland! Wolfgang and I showed his brother and sister-in-law around, quite different from their first tour last year.
In Tuam, we were in dire need of beverages and food. All right, I confess – it was mainly my craving for coffee. 😀
Wolfgang discovered The Galway Roast (http://www.thegalwayroast.com/)- it was an easy decision to leave the car in a parking lot and return to the café. The coffee is awesome, the food delicious:
I am going to share some more about our wonderful trip. Until then: Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends. 🙂
Dear friends and readers,
We all need to keep our promises. About seven years ago, our niece Rebekka asked us to celebrate her 21st birthday with her – in a pub in Ireland.
As you can see – we did not disappoint her. 🙂
We started the day with delicious breakfast at the Bernard Shaw Café Bar:
“A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away!”
We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to Skerries:
Skerries by the sea:
Rebekka, enjoying her birthday pint of Guinness – Peter’s Pub (http://www.peterspub.ie/)
The next day comprised a visit to the Leprechaun Museum (http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/)
Even if it seems like just another old building – it is always worth a visit.
Peace, dear friends and readers. ☘
Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Westmeath
“An excellent day out with a difference. Belvedere House Gardens and Park offers something for young and old.
Open daily, all year round, visitors can enjoy over 10 km of safe and serene walks, a Georgian Villa, a Victorian Walled Garden, Fairy Garden, 3 Children’s Playgrounds, Gift Shop, several picnic areas and a licensed café operated by Catoca Fine Foods & Giftware. Whether you are part of a gardening group, historical society, active retirement association, family gathering or group of friends, a visit to Belvedere is a superb day with a difference. Annual Membership also available.” [Source: Belvedere House Garden & Park brochure]
I took these shots on March 8, 2016 – three hours well spent.
A café with tasty meals/snacks and beverages – enjoy!
A lovely gift shop – isn’t this leather-bound notebook the right (birthday) gift for a writer? (even 2 days after her birthday) 😉
This concludes our Irish impressions – an exciting 5-day-trip. Thank you for joining the fun.
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
The Cliffs of Moher is Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. The Cliffs rise to 214 metres (702 feet) at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres (5 miles) over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Co. Clare. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South.
The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower at Hag’s Head.
The secret of how the Cliffs formed… about 320 million years ago, during a time called the Upper Carboniferous period, when this area was much warmer and was situated at the mouth of a large river. The river flowed down bringing mud and sand with it, eventually dumping it all over the area where it settled and eventually formed the rock layers you see today. [Source: Cliffs of Moher brochure]
As March 6, 2016 was Mother’s Day in Ireland – Elfe and I each received a voucher for a coffee.
The monastery of Clonmacnoise is situated in County Offaly, Ireland on the River Shannon south of Athlone.
Clonmacnoise was founded in 544 by St. Ciarán, a young man from Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon. Until the 9th century it had close associations with the kings of Connacht. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship, and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe. From the ninth until the eleventh century it was allied with the kings of Meath. Many of the high kings of Tara and Connacht were buried here.
In the modern day, the site stands as a preserved ruin under the management of the Office of Public Works. The graveyard surrounding the site continues to be in use and religious services are held regularly on the site in a modern chapel. [Source: Wikipedia – extract]
I took these shots on March 5, 2016 (before closing) – they are shown in chronological order. I hope you enjoy the magic as much as we did.
The ravens guarding Clonmacnoise had just one word for us: ‘Respect’ – and respect for the site we had.
P.S.: What do you think about the landscape mirrored in the glass? It is a kind of magic…