Westport Woods Hotel
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- Indoor pool
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- Heated pool
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... and as we made our way, the weather started to clear. We had sections of blue skies and could even see the sun occasionally. We made several photo stops, but our first real stop was at Kylemore Abbey, which is a beautiful building in the side of a mountain. The building was originally a private residence which was later converted to a girls' boarding school run by nuns. It looks like a castle as you can see from the pictures.
We started out today with another great breakfast and admired the view of the countryside from our breakfast spot. Although it was a bit drizzly when we got up, the sun quickly started peeking out. Our first stop was the Dark Hedges, which are featured in the "Game of Thrones" as the King's Road. There were not too many people so we were able to get a couple really good pictures. Next stop, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. ...
... re not so old,you may know it as a protest song by U2. Listen to the lyrics to appreciate the angst of an oppressed people. Ireland has made strides toward peace recently and it's marked by a footbridge called the Peace Bridge across the Lagan River. As we walked the bridge we overheard a young woman talking on her mobile; "I'm on the F....ing Peace Bridge. I'll be home soon." Peace is one thing; forgetting is another. More on Derry later. It has quite a ...
... and learned about the siege of Derry in the 1600s. The Jacobites were active here as well as Scotland and held the people of Derry inside the city walls for around 100 days, with thousands dying of starvation.
For those who are wondering, Derry is also known as Londonderry. The name is very familiar to me growing up in the 70s when it was a hub for the "troubles" and of course the site of Bloody Sunday mentioned in yesterday's blog. The "London" part came about ...
... the end of the 12th Century the St Cormac’s Chapel was built; in the 1960’s when some repair work was being done it was discovered that the ceiling had all been painted with frescos, they had been covered with layers of plaster and paint, sadly very little remained to be seen once all that stuff had been removed. This chapel is built of sandstone and is in serious decay. That is the reason there is so much scaffolding about. A temporary roof ...