Thursday, November 8, 2018

St. Michaels Harbour Inn

Eastern Shore

Hambleton Inn

Eastern Shore

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ireland 2020

0 - 24 Fri - Fly MEM-DUB
1 - 25 Sat - Arrive in Dublin. Drive to Galley Head. Might visit Rock of Cashel on the way.
2 - 26 Sun - Galley Head. Hang out with the Toohigs. O'Donovan's Bar, Red Strand. Catering pizza for lunch.
3 - 27 Mon - Blarney. Blarney Castle, English Market Centre, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blarney Chocolate Factory.
4 - 28 Tue - Drive to Ashford Castle. Grange Stone Circle on the way.
5 - 29 Wed - Cliffs of Moher. Poulnabrone Dolmen on the way there. Dysert O'Dea on the way home.
6 - 30 Thu - Falcons. Lunch in Drawing Room. Ballyhaunis.
7 - 31 Fri - Drive to Dublin. Lunch at Wineport Lodge.
8 - 1 Sat - Dublin. Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar, Book of Kells, Louis Mulcahy. Dinner at The Old Storehouse.
 - 2 Sun - Fly DUB-MEM

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur

Grange Stone Circle Lough Gur
Web site

It is the largest standing stone circle in Ireland, 150 feet in diameter and enclosed by 113 standing stones. The largest stone is Rannach Chruim Duibh (Crom Dubh’s Division) and is over 13 feet high and weighs 40 tons. The entrance stones are matched by a pair of equally impressive slabs on the southwest side, whose tops slope down towards each other to form a v-shape.

A short distance to the north-north east of the main stone circle, is a second smaller circle, also constructed of large stones. To the north of this is a large leaning standing stone.


Surprisingly easy to find, has parking on both sides of the road and is free to enter and enjoy. They ask for a donation to help maintain the fence.

The circle is complete, there are stones or stone remnants at every point. It’s a cool and calming thing to see.

We are happy we made the stop. The Lough Gur heritage Centre is 5 minutes down the road.

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Phone +353 65 708 6141
Web site

Dublin Hotels

Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch
Christchurch Place, Dublin 8, D08 REK7
Tel: +353 1 454 0000
Web site

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Garnish island

Garnish island
Web site

Fantastic day trip from nearby Bantry. The island itself is wonderful, all sorts of hidden corners and surprises, and the gardens themselves are truly impressive. The cafe was also quite good for pastries and snacks. The boat ride over is a nice, short trip; you see seals along the way and it's very sweet. My one complaint is that the tours of the house seem somewhat hard to access, they only accept ten people at a time, and there's a long delay between tours, so chances are you won't get in. Not sure if it's worth it or not, though. We certainly had a great visit without seeing the house; fun for kids, too

From John's cousin

Bantry House

Bantry House
Web site

From John's cousin

Lough Ine

Lough Ine
Web site

From John's cousin

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


White Cliffs of Dover

Dover Castle - tunnels

Roman lighthouse

France is 23 miles away


Canterbury Cathedral - 200 ft high bell tower, King Henry II had Thomas Becket killed

Stour River cruise (like gondolas of Venice) - very clear water

Butchery Lane - building jut out on each floor

Buttermarket - originally dairy market


Battle of Hastings in October 14, 1066

In Normandy Bayeux Tapestry tells the story. Harold and William Duke of Normandy. Harold killed by an arrow in the eye.

William the Conqueror built the Tower of London.


Observation Tower

Brighton Pier - junk food, arcade games

Brighton's Royal Pavilion

Beachy Head

Cliffs called "Seven Sisters"

Birling Gap - visitors center, access to the beach, tide pools

Village of East Dean


Home of Royal Navy

Cathedral was used as a reference by Nazi bombers

Dockyard - Mary Rose sank in 1545

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


English village feel

Dartmoor national park - wild ponies

Scorhill Stone Circle -

Tintagel Castle

An hour north of Penzance

Legend says it is home to King Arthur


Lots of guest houses and B&Bs

Good food - seafood

St. Michael's Mount

Causeway to access

Penwith Peninsula

Extreme western tip of Cornwall

30 mile loop

Southwest Coast Path

Lamorna Cove - favorite for smugglers

Penberth Cove - capstan

Stone circles

Porthcurno - Nice sand beach, telegraph station, open-air Minack Theatre

Mousehole - Rock pool for children to play in

Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall is just a few miles away from Land's End.

Pasty - steak, onions, potatoes