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Travel Blogs from Castlebar
I have been staying with a university friend of mine who is working in Ireland. We have travelled around the county of Mayo seeing abbeys that have Mass said in them since 1216, and ruins of old monasteries and churches. You leave with a sense how constant the Church has been through the centuries. We had afternoon tea at Ashford Castle including scones and clotted cream! On Saturday, we went to Knock where 15 people from the ages of 5 ...
update on 10/16 - went to dinner on the quay (pronounced "key" for those of you in the Bronx. - Had some oysters and scallops right from the Bay.
Went to Matt Maloy's Bar - the flutist from the Chieftains owns it or that is the rumor - met some folks from Belfast.
Went to the bar next store - the Portush - nice Irish music -
update 10/17 - Marian made us soup for lunch - went to an Italinan restaurant for dinner in town - food was great - La Belle Vita ...
... to check that Naomi (our Tomtom) hadn't had too much Baileys. All was good so we continued west through a scattering of country towns. There were various statues of Mary along the way, including some very impressive monuments to the year of Mary in 1954. Our Lady of the Roundabout as seen in Mark and Bern's blog remains elusive and part of the goal of this pilgrimage, I mean birthday sojourn. As we drove through some cute towns, we noticed there were often large flocks of black birds ...
... here, because it is considered a real job, unlike in the USA, especially Utah where Patrick earns a whopping $2.13/hr. So, all in all, it was an expensive meal, but not a deal breaker.
We have been averaging 5 - 8 miles a day walking, according to Dayna's FitBit pedometer. Today we didn't cover as much ground, maybe a little over a mile. We'll do better tomorrow. We head to the Dingle Peninsula in the a.m. for the day.
... engineering division is awesome, and I get my own desk with a nameplate, which of course is the most important thing.
After work I drove up around Ballina (the "salmon capital of Ireland") and met friends there. We visited a couple of ruined castles and an amazingly nice Victorian estate, ate fish and chips, and enjoyed the views. The days are long right now. As I write this it's just past 11pm and I guess you could call it dark....
Other places to stay in Castlebar
Lannagh Road, Castlebar | 4 star hotelfrom $83
Station Road, Castlebar | 3 star hotelfrom $78
Castlebar | 3 star hotelfrom $77
Castlebar | 2 star hotelfrom $101
Old Westport Road, Castlebar | Hotelfrom $138