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We have to head home. What an amazing summer this has been! Every weekend we've hit the road to experience this amazing Emerald Isle. Today marks the end of those weekends.
We leave Westport and finish the driving loop of the Connemara region.We detour to Ballintubber Abbey, the abbey that "refused to die" after subsequent invasions and destructions. In 2016, the Abbey will have celebrated daily mass for 800 years. The abbey is ...
... quaint feel of the city make it perfect for relaxation. The atmosphere at night is the definition of going to an Irish pub and grabbing a Guinness. The locals tended to be nice and helpful. The West has impressed! Memorable quotes (from the tour guide): Oh goodness I'm an idiot (you never want to hear this in very, very rural Ireland) Everyday is a school day Next: Belfast, United Kingdom. Or Republic of Ireland... Time to keep our mouths shut and eyes and ears open and use ...
... a tight squeeze past the trailers, trucks, farmers and sheep with our big ass bus, but we managed.
My favourite stop was Kylemore Castle - built in the 19th century and was recently the home of a girls school until it closed in 2010. Now it is the home of Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland.
All through the Connemara region we heard stories of fairies and leprechauns and lots of history of Ireland. I could go on and ...
... car? Obviously we watched the 8 horse race and discovered that being on the bend before the home straight was a geat place for taking photographs and it was alsoi a great race.
At this point we did leave and stopped for some afternoon tea at Clifden. To be precise the Clifden Boardwalk Cafe (which doubles as the Clifden Boat Club). We arrived just as the Lifeboat was launched by a tractor and took off down the harbour. When suggesting to the Barista that ...
... We also listened to the traditional music which was great. We sat at a table with 2 Irish couples on vacation for a week in Doolin. I made friends with Barry; Hans charmed Esther and Mary.
Tomorrow I will tell you more about the traditional music at O’Connor’s, and the sweater shop in the village that has the thatched roof on top of pink walls. Oh .. and the work I did in Ennis.