Al and Marsha's Journal
A model of what it was like before the fire
After the fire.... Imagine this happened after 20 years of restoration, the night before the grand opening!
Some partially restored, but empty, rooms
The amazing gardens from inside
The Japanese Garden
The pet cemetery - see I said I wasn't making it up!
On the road again... this is what the no number roads look like from the driver's seat. Yikes!
Over the the Wicklow Mountains via the Wicklow Gap to Glendalough - note the tree farms.
The very old round tower from the eighth century built by St. Kevin
The more recent (13th century) abbey ruins, and graveyard
Marsha is fascinated by very old gravestones
This area has relatively recent family plots and graves
In Adare - Marsha can never resist a library.....
These are the scenes we encountered from Tralee to and past Dingle, on the peninsula
This cow was really annoyed at me for disturbing her grazing
Another no number road
The scene just behind the An Patan B&B.
Next stop - Boston
Back To Dingle and beyond
The Blasket Islands in the distance
This is an "A" road - one and one half lanes, no shoulder.
The street entertainer with his band (and a tourist smiling for the camera)
Georgian style homes - rare outside the big cities.
The view from our hotel room.... not pretty, but a great hotel
The old and the new....note the satellite antenna on the left corner of the house.
The farmers' market
The Castle stables..... now stores
Its hard to imagine but this was the home of one family for centuries...
This park is the last remnant of what was a huge estate
The adjacent river with the hotel terrace bar on the other side which we were soon relaxing at.
The musicians at the local pub..... not a smile between them... the lad in center has a great voice....
There is an amazing amount of family tragedy carved in this tombstone.... life was very hard...
The Boyne River
The largest Passage Mound
More amazing countryside
The entrance with the carved stone (over two tons from 15kms away - 5,000 years
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