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Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
14Trip End Apr 03, 2010
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Thanks to all of you that actually read the blog, it takes a lot of time and getting comments back is great, it makes us feel connected. Mariana is definitely leading the race, with Izak a close second. Come on Lelani, Kris and Clayton see if you can catch ouma and oupa.
We started our day out in a merry way. Armed with instructions from our B&B landlady, 2 maps and a GPS we set out to find the Stone Altar in The Burren, how difficult can it be? I was sure you would not even need my exceptional navigational skill, but alas we could not find the hidden stones. Johan is normally not lost, and thus never need to ask directions, so that was not an option. After 90 minutes Johan still wasn't giving up, and when we ended 50 meters from where we started I had enough
In Galway we found numerous road signs pointing to a Sunday market, and who can not follow those? We came to an interesting market that was part fair, part flea market and part furniture store. At this unlikely location there was a lady selling traditional Amsterdam "room poffertjes" (cream puffs) and we had to get a serving which ended up being 2 servings instead. Wonderful miniature pancakes smothered in real butter and covered with icing sugar. What a treat!
For an unplanned trip, things really worked out great. We were traveling between Galway and Clifden when we saw Kylemore Abbey. What a surprise, now if my hubby would just build me a little house like this one, I am even willing to share it with our 4 kids and future attachments. With 70 rooms the grandparents can live there as well. Naturally I also want the servants that come with the deal, if not what fun can this place be. The abbey even has it own church, and since the church will belong to us we can set the service times just when we want, so no early wake up for church on Sundays. The home was build by a Manchester tycoon for his wife and daughter, and when they died of fever in Africa, he left the house. At that time it was taken over by the nuns that were fleering during the first world war, and they have lived there since then
For dinner we went to a small restaurant and had a very filling 3 course meal for only 25 Euro each. The owner was really nice and told us about a pub where there will be Irish music. Just like the previous evening it was "suppose" to start at 9:30 pm, but the musicians only got there at 10 pm. This was the most fun we had in a long time. The pub is frequented by a man called "The Rubber Man". This guy is between 70 and 80, as thin as a rake, and as fit as a fiddle. He did some "Riverdancing", and boy is he good, and did I say fit. He also did a bit of a stand up comedy, and did a fantastic job on the poem "Why?". Johan will add the video of him dancing. My contribution to your excercise for the day is to turn your heads at 90% and watch the video that I took. Nobody, I mean the photographer (meaning Johan) didn't tell me that I should not tilt the camera when taking video and as scribe how was I suppose to know? The lighting is not good, but then it is a pub, what do you expect?
Today it is off to Dublin, with a good 6 - 8 hours of driving ahead of us. I will place my last vacation blog tonight, as the fun stops for me. I will be working the next 3 days and I am sure you do not want to hear about that. Johan however promised to keep the blog going.
Love and miss you.