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Jun 11, 2018 - Day 18 - Londonderry

A 2 hour drive up the road today to Londonderry (Derry). We joined a walking tour with a fellow named John who gave us an excellent insight into the incredible political history of this city. We then went to the Museum of Free Derry. Very thought provoking and sad as we wandered around the ‘Bogside’ area where the Bloody Sunday protests and massacre happened in 1972. We then drove another couple of hours along the coast and are spending the night in Coleraine. Almost had to sleep in the car, or drive back to Derry, as we couldn’t find any...

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The PJs On Tour

May 30, 2018 - Giants causeway

Beautiful drive along the coastline as we drove to London Derry or just Derry if your are advocating a Free Ireland. Made stops at the Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the rope bridge. Several sites are film locations for Game of Thrones. Got to London Derry late in the day. Had Chinese for dinner then walked the peace bridge, Again, part of the peace process for the "troubles". Played scrabble and went to bed after 10, ready for a new adventure tomorrow

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May 18, 2018 - Londonderry

Ireland Had a brilliant dinner at a restaurant called Grill 29 in Glasgow last night, Silver service, even had Haggis mmmm yum 𯘋 when in Scotland do as the scots do!! Big brekkie this morning as we have a big day travelling, apparently it’s a two hour P&O ferry to Ireland.. not terribly luxurious tho.. relaxed on the boat for a coupe of hours then arrived in Ireland around 12.30. Now doing a coastal drive to Londonderry, along the way seeing St Patrick’s Moreland as named in the 5th century and the disappearing lake .. Arrived at the giant...

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Europe Holiday 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - Day 4 Derry, Inishowen Pennisula Maulin Head themost northern part of Ireland

Overslept a bit jumped out of bed at 8:10 having to head out for a 9 am tour of Derry with our guide Ronan MacNamara the son of a Chinese Buddhist mother and Irish father. What a treat. He grew up during the height of the conflict. The peace treaty signed 30 years ago has brought opportunities to Norather Ireland but signs of loyalties are all around us. From flags flying to London painted over with only Derry remaining. Ronan's balanced perspective of the problems was insightful. Not a war of religion but of rights, ownership of land.The...

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Apr 24, 2017 - ,Galway to Ballymena NI

We went back to the promenade to look for the Red Earl's place. On the way we stopped at a pub for a pint. We had an excellent meal upstairs in their restaurant. After we went on down the street and found the foundation of the Red Earl. It was discovered when they were excavating to build the building above. It is behind glass. From here we went down/ or up to Eyre Square and had a walk through Eyre Shopping Center. A lot of stores were closing as it was after 8p. Haven't mentioned the buskers....of all ages, playing and singing. One thing...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Oct 5, 2016 - Derry, Londonderry or Legendary

5 Oct This morning we are heading into Northern Ireland for a couple of days and our first stop is Derry, or are we heading to Londonderry?? The names of the city and county of Derry or Londonderry in Northern Ireland are the subject of a naming dispute between Irish nationalists and unionists. Generally, although not always, nationalists favour using the name Derry, and unionists using Londonderry. Legally, the city and county are called "Londonderry" The center of the sectarian violence referred to as "The Troubles"in the 60's these...

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Aug 18, 2016 - From Westport on to Derry via Donegal

A restful night in Westport, lunch with a castle visit in Donegal, the next day's adventures found us in Derry. Scene of the Troubles beginning in the 1970's until 1998, Derry/Londonderry has seen its share of violence. We had a walking and bus tour that showed us the Bogside Murals and took us for a stroll on the old city walls. Our guide Garvin told us it meant a lot that Americans are willing to come back to Northern Ireland now; although we had rain in the afternoon we were able to see quite a bit of the city and learn about its recent...

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May 11, 2016 - Bellanaleck with Lynn and Dobby

Bellanelleck is a small village just outside of Enniskillin in Co. Fermanagh. We toured Castle Cole and Fourencout Castle while their. As both castle are still furnished and filled with paintings and artifacts, no photos are allowed. In Castle Cole parts of the castle are still occupied by the family. Florencourt has beautiful gardens and IMS of walking paths. Lynn and Dobby walk there almost daily. TherE known to the regulars as Lyns bench as it is where she finally dragged herself to and could call for help when she fell and broke her hip...

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Ireland 2016

May 11, 2016 - Inishowen and Donegal Town

Donegal Town is a typical Irish town with narrow streets and roundabouts at most intersections. The castle here is small and a lot destroyed. Most of the Irish castles were taken over from the Irish when the British invaded. I had a seafood chowder at the Castle Bar that was unlike any chowder I've ever had. It had 15 clams in their shells, large chunks of salmon, and shrimp with a thick creamy sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Very very tasty.

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Ireland 2016

May 11, 2016 - Inishowen Penninsula

Driving through a village on the Inishowen peninsula we were held up by a transport truck trying to ma over around a corner on a roundabout on one of the narrow village rounds. We found out it was in rehearsal for the transport of a wind turbine blade. At the time we couldn't figure out why they didn't just move the metal frame hanging out the back of the trailer! Famine Village is a very informative museum of the potato famine lifestyle and thatched roofed stone houses. Our tour guide lived in one of the houses in this village until the...

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Ireland 2016

Dec 14, 2015 - Kicked Out

EDIT: I added some pictures of the things I mentioned in this post from the castle I done been KICKED OUT! Of the Republic of Ireland... So on December 10th, exactly 3 months after I landed in this beautiful country, it was time for me to leave the quaint, perfect little Kilkenny and move on up to the North of Ireland, technically the UK. But before I left! I had a great day out by myself and... I got lucky. I told myself I would just have a nice meal outside with a blanket, hang out, journal, and then walk around the castle. But, I hadn't...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Ireland - Omagh & Derry

I've got to remember to save these entries more often. I had several paragraphs done on the Omagh/Derry, got distracted and lost the whole works. Here we go again. I've got to mention the traditional Irish breakfasts that we were getting every morning. I think every hotel breakfast was buffet style but they all included everything required. The most common ingredients are bacon rashers, pork sausages, fried eggs, white pudding, black pudding, toast and fried tomato. Sauteed field mushrooms are also sometimes included as well as baked beans,...

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