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07/01/2002 Entry: "All good things..."
Since the last update we had a great evening of entertainment at The Crane Bar in Galway, where a core of 2 musicians came to be joined through the evening by enthusiastic amateur performers until we were treated to a huge jam session of traditional Irish music! The next day we drove to Louisburgh with stops for pictures (and several stops just for sheep) all over the Connemara peninsula, including a walk out to Omey Island, accessible by foot at low tide only! (Click on the 'more' link to read the rest of this post)
In Louisburgh we found the Rivervilla B&B and ended up resting there for the evening. After a hearty breakfast of porridge and accessories we continued up the coast with stops in Ballina (to walk along scenic wooded trails), Ennischrone (to check out a cool beach - and get caught in a sudden downpour!), and Easkey (hot lunch at a pub) before arriving at the tourism office in Sligo. From Sligo we set off on the Yeats tour, visiting the gravesite and some of the landmarks mentioned in W.B. Yeats works. We continued on to the sleepy and historic town of Boyle, in which we found the Cesh Corran B&B to drop our bags before heading out on a walking tour of the village. We enjoyed the scenic views and the main features of the town (mentioned in a pamphlet supplied by a very friendly and enthusiastic tourist information employee), and caught the sunset from the top of town. The next morning (the 27th) we set off for Dublin, where we toured the Guinness Brewery and checked out the incredible Book of Kells and the library at the beautiful campus of Trinity College. We went out for the last dinner of our trip in Dublin's culture-packed Temple Bar area, after which we met up with our old friend Stephen for an evening of reminiscing. Friday morning we made it to Dublin Airport on time and survived our long cramped flight back to Toronto. We were met at the airport by both sets of parents, and we are now in the process of investigating career options and adjusting to the idea of no longer visiting new World Heritage sites every couple of days!
Our trip is done, but it was the opportunity of a lifetime and we feel very blessed to have been able to take it. Some places we would visit again and some we wouldn't, and the experiences from every stop will continue to percolate through our lives, binding us closer together and helping us view the world with more informed eyes. Stay tuned for pictures, to be posted before the end of July!
Replies: 2 comments
Back already?? Yikes. Sounds like it was a pretty enjoyable trip.
Posted by James Schellenberg @ 07/04/2002 09:24 PM EST
So glad you had a great time and you got home safely! Sorry we missed you on July 1 for the barbecue. We'll look forward to seeing you and your pictures soon. Love Helen and Emily.
Posted by Helen Gough @ 07/03/2002 08:06 PM EST