“dotted with silver”

“The angels dotted it with silver just to make the lakes so grand…..”

We’ve come to the west of Ireland where the lakes are so beautiful, the mountains so grand and the villages are like your dreams of Irish country life. Galway is doing well in Irelands economic crunch. You can tell by the traffic jams – the only we’ve encountered here. They’ve blocked off a pedestrian area of the downtown where the young people were jumpin’ & jivin’ on Halloween night.  We had fun with them then left the next day for the misty, mysterious cliffs of Moher and finally, another type of make believe … our stay at Ashford Castle.  Warm. welcoming and over the top spoiling. We explored the beautiful grounds and quaint village (site of “The Quiet Man” movie with John Wayne and Maureen Ohara which we watched late one night in our room)

The next day we traipsed out to Kylemore Abbey which Dale had recommended. Another WOW. Very interesting history  of a romantic couple who employed half the countryside during the potato famine years – paying twice the going rate to help the desperately poor tenants in western Ireland. Later a school for girls – both wealthy and poor run by nuns a few of whom still live there.

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Amazing drives through the beautiful lakes and mountains of Connemara.

MAUNTURK MOUNTAINS

MAUNTURK MOUNTAINS

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