Thursday Morning   Leave a comment

This morning we visited Kilkenny Castle, home to the Butler family from the late 1300’s to 1935. They were Earls and Dukes of Ormonde and a politically astute family who lived in the castle for some 500 years. The restoration society has done a great job bringing this castle back to its original condition. By the way, the outer stone walls in this place are 10 feet deep. That should keep the neighbors at bay.

Also today when we woke up it was raining. First time since we got here. But once we got ready to leave the hotel, there was hardly a fine mist falling. We have been SO lucky.

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Posted June 1, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Aylwardstown   2 comments

Today Lindsay and I took a ride to Aylwardstown, Ireland. I had googled it, and it looked like the middle of farmland, so we set Mr GPS and off we went. Upon hearing "Arriving at destination" I have to tell you that all my expectations were met. It was the intersection of two farm roads. That’s it… that’s all. So we got out and had our Kodak moment. Damn shame there was nobody within miles to share our excitement.

But as we drove away and finally came upon some houses, the people waved to us. They must have seen the resemblance.

Posted May 30, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Lindsay Weighs In   Leave a comment

Blogging from Ireland is way more difficult than it was in Italy. I think it’s the touch screen tablet. I don’t understand how the kids type on these things. Anyway, here’s what my mom left out.

To say that the roads are narrow is the biggest understatement of all time. I’ll act out a scene from the car.

Mom: I love driving in Ireland! It’s so fun.
Lindsay: Eyes on the roads please.
Mom: Hey look! More sheep!
Lindsay: Whoa. You’re really close to the bushes over here.
Mom: (plays with GPS)
Lindsay: I think I have leaves in my hair. The bushes are literally IN my window.
Repeat, repeat, repeat.

And in other news: TV options on Ireland’s main channels include Real Housewives of Dublin (not kidding), Murder She Wrote, and the Irish version of Maury (which we affectionately call Maury O’Povich).

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Posted May 30, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Tuesday – The Scenery   1 comment

Today we continued through the second half of the Ring of Kerry, and let me tell you the scenery was terrific. It’s no wonder why they say it’s one of the prettiest drives in Europe. We also got to see the other 6 million sheep that we missed yesterday.

Stopped at the Rock of Cashel on the way. (See earlier post)

Arrived in Kilkenny late afternoon and had a Guinness on the terrace overlooking Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is a blue collar city (no Prada here), and it’s great fun to experience the different cultures.

Dinner was at a well known Italian restaurant here in town, and we weren’t disappointed one bit. More fun tomorrow.

Posted May 30, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Rock of Cashel   Leave a comment

Visited the Rock of Cashel today, built in the early 1100s, and seat of the Kings of Munster. This was one of St. Patrick’s hangouts. Showpiece was Cormac’s Chapel, which is being restored. Made of sandstone, it is one of the finest examples of Hiberno-Romanesque architecture. (Did you get that?)

Posted May 29, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Day One Pics   Leave a comment

Here are some pics from Day 1. Figured out a way to post them with the tablet.

Posted May 29, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized

Ireland Second Day – Monday   Leave a comment

After a fond farewell to Mary and Pasty Considine, we headed out to Adare, known for its thatched roof cottages. Very cute little town and VERY Irish. Then off to The Ring of Kerry, one of Europe’s most scenic drives. Everything you’ve ever heard about Ireland being green is true times 10. But what you didn’t know is that every sheep in the world has an address here. Every one, no kidding. Ended up in Waterville, known for Charlie Chaplin because he loved this seaside town, and they still have a big festival for him every year. (Who knew?)

Stayed at the Butler Arms Hotel (Charlie’s favorite). I don’t think it’s changed a whole lot since he was there.

Off to Kilkenny tomorrow. By the way, sun is still shining.

Posted May 29, 2012 by myradurfee in Uncategorized