The Irish are NUTS!!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Where I stayed
Rosleague Manor Hotel Letterfrack
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Friday, October 5, 2012

100 km speed limits on these nutsy small, narrow, no shoulder roads!!  cannot believe it - I LOVE to drive fast but even 60 km at times was more than enough on the twists and turns on our drive today.  My day to drive today - long driving day but o my goodness the beauty!!!  We are blown away with the beauty of the Irish countryside - absolutely gorgeous!!  Now relaxing in a lovely very old Manor House run by Mark Foyle.  His grandma saw the potential of the place (a former 6 bedroom home now 20) and all the lovely land around and purchased it in 1968.  Of 3 grandson's he has this one while his 2 brothers manage the Foyle hotel in Clifdon.  Great fun to learn all these things about interesting people.

 To begin the day though, breakfast at Ardara with Paul - what the heck?? we've had only MEN as innkeepers the whole trip so far!!  Lovely breakfast then off he went to deliver his kidlets to school "help yourself.." so delightful..I cleared the dishes to help a bit and organized ourselves to depart for a longer day of driving. He was full of gratitude.  Such a wonderful young man.

 Great roads and easy navigating (for Ricardo!) albeit the crazy narrow roads...Westport for lunch (bit of a walkabout) - we are so lucky with our spots for eating - great open face sandwich for R and tomato basil soup for me...we may survive this country!! Oh and then Connemara - Rounded mountains is what I call them here - so smooth and colours - just so beautiful.

 Checked in at Rosleague Manor Hotel, pre-dinner drink and off to Clifden - Rich only hit side of the road once :) Dinner at Mitchell's - fab mussels!  and back home to a nightcap in front of yet another peat fire - cozy and nice chat with Mark.  Great to look forward to a hike in the hills tomorrow and breakfast between 8:30 and 10 - yeah!!!! a sleep in!! 
Nice discussion and thoughts between us about Tim issues on way home - simple solutions, no negativity is too short and really too wonderful!

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