London

We started our London visit with an open-top bus ride around the city on one of those red hop on, hop off tours. The tour is narrated in English and it’s actually a pretty neat way to see the bustling city, riding high up above the traffic. The weather cooperated and we had gorgeous conditions […]

Dingle

The view from the Connor Pass on a morning full of sunlight and clouds on the Dingle side. The heavenly sight nearly takes ones breath away – literally – it’s freezing up there! Below, the view a few minutes earlier from our lodge, the classy “Greenmount House,” which is without a doubt the finest address […]

Bunratty Castle

A visit to Bunratty Castle is worth the hassle and the crowds of tourists. It is, after all, the best ancient castle in western Ireland. Built in about 1425 on the site of two previous strongholds, the castle was restored in the 1950s and 60s by Lord Gort and his family to appear much as […]

The Beara Peninsula

We were on the Beara Peninsula, Counties Cork and Kerry a few days ago. The memories of this wild place are still fresh in our minds. One of the highlights of our day spent on the Beara was a visit to Molly Gallivan’s cabin. This old house, which has stood since before “The Great Hunger” […]

Just Watching the Clouds

If I had an entire day with nothing to do in Ireland I would just sit and watch the clouds. Especially, along the western coastline where they change every few minutes. The Irish are fond of saying, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 10 minutes.” This photo was taken near Slea Head on […]

Cobh, old Queenstown, has a sad aura of tragedy

A visit to Cobh is sometimes a somber one, especially when it’s raining lightly on the old graveyard on the north side of town. This is where more than 150 victims of the attack on the “Lusitania” are buried in three mass graves. We visited the cemetery on our way to the Cobh / Queenstown […]