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May 10, 2013 - Causeway Coastal Route

Still frequent showers today & back to about 10°C so a better day for driving in my dry, warm car than out in the weather. I went south to a town called Ballymena where there was a museum called The Braid which portrayed “the story of County Antrim from earliest times to the present day”. It was OK but not spectacular. I found it very localized & there really wasn’t much to it. They had a big display about what was happening in Ireland in the period from 1912 to 1914 but it was all very complicated so I gave up. It’s quite topical though...

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May 9, 2013 - Portstewart

It was raining this morning so I took some time off to do some laundry, catch up on some reading about Belfast which is my next destination & write some e-mails. The weather cleared up for a while this afternoon so I walked along the Portstewart Promenade. Portstewart is a lovely old-fashioned seaside town but I've only driven through it when there were hoards of people & cars during the long weekend. The sun even came out during my walk so I could buy an ice cream from one of the many speciality shops. The only thing I found out was that...

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May 8, 2013 - Doagh Famine Village, Inishowen

The weather forecast for today was pretty awful which restricted my options. I decided on a return to County Donegal & in particular an attraction called Doagh Famine Village on the Inishowen peninsular which is the part of Donegal on the other side of Lough Foyle. There is a ferry that goes across the top of the lough but it only goes once an hour so I opted to drive around the bottom, nearly to Derry & across the Foyle Bridge. The Doagh Famine Village was absolutely brilliant. It’s a family-run, private business which has well-deserved...

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May 7, 2013 - Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway, which is undoubtedly the largest tourist attraction in the area, is only about 10 miles to the east of Portstewart but I waited until the crowds had gone after the long weekend & today had the best forecast for this week. It turned out to be a lovely sunny day & about 18°C which is a lot warmer than it has been. I stopped on the way at Dunluce Castle which is very dramatically perched on the edge of cliff, or at least most of it is. In 1639, on a very stormy night the MacDonnell family were entertaining in their lavish...

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May 6, 2013 - Londonderry

Michael Palin described the train journey between Londonderry & Coleraine as “one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world”. Coleraine is just 5 miles from Portstewart, Londonderry was high on my to-see list, the weather forecast was fine & I’ve got a lot of respect for Michael Palin so it seemed like a good opportunity to kill several birds with one stone. The train had come from Belfast & was quite full when it got to Coleraine where there were plenty of people waiting – everyone got a seat but I didn’t have a very good window...

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May 5, 2013 - County Donegal

Even though I’m still in Ireland, I crossed the border into Northern Ireland yesterday so now I’ve moved from Euros & kilometres to Pounds & miles. Since I’m officially in the UK, I also changed the Sim card on my phone so the number is back to +44 757 201 7989. I had to do some laundry this morning so it was nearly lunch-time before I was ready to venture forth. I picked up some literature at the Tourist Office in Donegal yesterday & as usual, there’s so much to see I don’t know where to start. There are people everywhere because this is a...

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May 4, 2013 - Carrick-on-Shannon to Portstewart

I spent most of the day driving & the only real stop I made was in Donegal about lunch-time. I had time to look at Donegal Castle which was worth it, a Tower House similar to Ross Castle in Killarney. I arrived at Portstewart which is very busy because this is a Bank Holiday weekend. After a few false starts I finally met up with Kieran & was shown into the apartment. It’s lovely & has a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean, This is the apartment where I got a free upgrade because the family is Australian & for some reason offered me this...

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Jul 30, 2009 - We are the Champions

Since my last entry...only one big event has happened. I arrived in Portstewart in the evening, went for a stroll along the prominade (beach) and ate some pub grub with Robin. Of course there was Guinness involved and later a pub quiz. I was on a team with a bunch of Doctors. We won! Top prizes was a case of Budweiser and 4 bottles of wine! Thats all for now.

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Apr 9, 2007 - Giants and Leprechauns

The Giants Causeway, a World Heritage site, is the main attraction up here. There are two schools of thought about it origins. One is that an Irish giant called Finn MacCool built the causeway so he could get over to Scotland to fight a Scottish giant called Benandonner. When he got over there the Scottish giant was asleep but Finn realised that he was far bigger than he, so fled back to Ireland. The angry Brenandonner came running across the causeway to get Finn, so Finns wife dressed Finn as a baby and put him in the cot. When the...

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Karen's Travels 2007