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Jul 19, 2017 - Accomodation

Unlike our bicycle tours and our South America trip, this time there have been no camping, no dorm rooms, and minimal shared toilets down the hall. I think except in dire times of low cash we are past the "dorm in a hostel" stage. Our little cube in Singapore may have been the last one. I make all arrangements. A handful were done before we left. The Iona booking was done in mid-May and even then finding a reasonably priced stay on the island was difficult. Our Swedish mountain lodge and Carnac hotel were also done in advance. Mo's friend...

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Back to Europe

May 18, 2015 - May 18th in Athlone

May 18th to Athlone The night was a bit wakeful, getting used to the noises of sleeping on a boat. But the beds are comfortable and I'm sure our second night will be better. We awoke at 7:30 am and went for a walk in the brisk air and sunshine. They say you can have four seasons of weather in one day in Ireland. (They don't really know winter though.) We walked for a half hour through the marina and up a country road. We were back in about 40 minutes feeling refreshed and hungry. Breakfast was laid out on a buffet. I, of course, had the...

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May 17, 2015 - We board the Shannon Princess

May 17th Aboard the Shannon Princess Last night I figured out how to close the room darkening curtains in our hotel room so we wouldn't be awoken at 6 am again. We awoke at 11 am! We had to jump out of bed and shower and pack and check out of our room at noon. It was a rushed start to the day... Once we had checked out, we left our luggage at the front desk and went for a walk to find a place for breakfast/lunch. We were recommended to a restaurant called 'Matt the Thresher.' You've got to love these creative names for restaurants and pubs!...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Repos à Athlone

Nous sommes maintenant dans la petite ville d'Athlone pendant quelques nuits pour reprendre des forces dans le très joli Sheraton :) ... Piscine, spa, sauna sec, Bain vapeur aux odeurs d'eucalyptus, tout y passe! On a quand même visité des trucs historiques intéressant car la ville se trouve à côté de la rivière Shannon, qui traverse environ le 2/3 de l'Irlande, qui servait de route maritime importante dans le passé. Une visite du monastère de Clanmacnoise, fondé au 6e siècle, nous apprend que cet endroit fut un centre de religion très...

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Asian Adventure!

Mar 22, 2014 - Athlone

We left Galway on this bright and sunny morning and drove through the countryside toward Athlone – another medieval fortress/castle. We enjoyed the trip watching the green fields and stone fences with pastures full of dairy cattle and also of sheep with tiny baby lambs. We stopped a couple of times to get photos of the babies. Along the way we made a quick stop to Clonmacnoise - a 6th Century Monastery. Not much of the original buildings are still standing, but it was still impressive. I wasn't able to get onto the grounds but we kind of...

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Mar 31, 2009 - One last Moate Note - lots of pictures!

Hi- We have finished our stay in Moate. We had a great time being entrenched in Kinahans. Marty worked with the Westmeath Gaelic Team during our 2 week stay. Molly and Keegan went to school and learned to speak some Irish, brushed up on Irish history and taught the kids how to play real basketball. Their highlight was going on a field trip with the class to Galway and participate in a Rugby Tag Day. Each school (30) were assigned a country, and their school was the great U.S.A. and dressed like the country. Keegan wore his Charger jersey...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins Oh My!

Hello from Moate- We have been become unofficial residents of Moate, Ireland. Yesterday, I went for a walk downtown and saw Marty's cousin Jimmy passing in a car, cousin Paddy at the grocery store, cousin Neal at the bar and cousin Pauline at her pizza restaurant, Doe's Pizza...This is just in a matter of an hour. We have been having a great time being entrenched with Marty's kin. We made a trip over the Auntie Kathleen's house. She is 85 and the unofficial family historian. Cousin Jim took us on a great tour of their plant nursery, would...

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Mar 17, 2009 - Happy St. Patty's Day

It's midnight here and we're putting our wee little heads on our pillows. It was a St. Patty's Day to remember. We thought we were going to the parade to watch, we ended up in the Moate parade. Marty was recruited by a cousin to walk with the Moate Drama Club, the picture says it all. Keegan and Molly handed out pizza flyers for cousin Pauline's pizza restaurant. And I got to ride on a float for Pauline's other fine restaurant. We thought a few parade watchers, by the time we reached the judges stands, so many faces...it was fun! Keegan and...

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Mar 17, 2009 - Happy St. Patrick's Day from Moate, County Westmeath

Happy St. Pat's! We arrived in Moate, County Westmeath yesterday in the early afternoon. We had a great time in Tralee and it took us about 3 1/2 hours to get to Moate. The driving is getting better. Moate is where Marty has many relatives. We first stopped at his Uncle Joe's house. Joe passed away about a year ago, but Marty has many memories of this house. One of his cousins is currently fixing the house up, so we were able to walk around the property. This was the last house in Ireland that Marty's dad, Pat lived in before he immigrated...

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Nov 18, 2007 - Kilbeggan,Durrow and Clonmacnoise

Of course we got up for mass, we didn't get out of bed until 7 though, Shane had a quick bowl of cereal and we all had a glass of tea before heading to mass. We got there about 5 minutes early. Mass was good. It was pretty much the same as back home, except sometimes the congregation responses were different, so we were saying different things from other people. Other than that, it was the same, but why expect anything else, it was a roman catholic church after all! After Mass we met Karmen Ward (grandpas 1st cousin) she invited us over for...

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Sep 10, 2007 - Politics, faith and ghosts

Wednesday, 5 September. For another day without much of a plan, today ended up with a lot of activity and interest. We had to reach Cavan for our next overnight stop, but we had plenty of time to do it. So we grilled our host over breakfast (pardon the pun!) for more ideas and set off to explore Belfast. After finding a car park, the next job was to decide what to do. Armed with the info from our host, we sought out the open top bus tour. We were a bit doubtful with the 11 pound cost and our memories of the poor audio of a similar tour in...

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MARS 7 Expedition

Aug 4, 2006 - Back at Roscommon

The local Roscommon Races were on the next Tuesday, and as Ken wanted to sample some local racing we stayed on until then. Apparently fortunes were not made on the night, but the after party must have been successful as everyone was tired and emotional the next day.Ken and Paul went to the pub afterwards! As we knew we were leaving the area shortly, I made an attempt to encourage some sightseeing the day before.We went to Clanmacnoise the site of an ancient Celtic monastery, on the shore of the Shannon River,and then to Birr Castle, a site...

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