Galway City of Tribes

We were really looking forward to seeing Galway especially once we found out my husband is a decedent of one of the 14 tribes or princes. He is part of the Morris family.  He is a list of Galway's founding families and their history:


Galway is a very walkable city, especially the medieval streets with lots of shops and landmarks such as Lynch's Castle, St. Nicholas Church where the market is held, the innovative city Museum, Spanish Arch and cobblestoned Latin quarter.   Be sure to check out Claddagh ring an area with lost so restaurants and pubs. The West End also features many restaurants and pubs.

We especially enjoyed wandering the Latin Quarter and walking along the bay.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a traditional Irish music concert being offered at  St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard St, Galway, H91 PY20, Ireland. St Nicholas opened in 1320 and is t…

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Westport, Ireland Scenic Part of the Wild Atlantic Way

Next on our drive tour of Ireland we drove south form Donegal taking in the sights of Sligo Town, Ballina and Castlebar and ended the day in Westport.  We stayed at the Wyatt Hotel, one of the finest Mayo hotels, known as a gem in the heart of Westport. (Wyatt Hotel, The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland Tel: 353 (0) 74 98 25027)

This boutique hotel prides itself on its scenic location as well as a warm Westport welcome, professional service, top-class accommodation, and fantastic food.  All of which we found to be true, especially the Hotel restaurant and pub which was vibrant and had delicious food. It is located in the centre of town at The Octagon monument. 

The Wyatt Hotel was the perfect base to explore and enjoy the magnificent beauty of the surrounding areas, the peaks of Croagh Patrick and the deep blue seas of Clew Bay.

The area offers something for everyone from walking, cycling, sightseeing, music, arts, adventure, and leisure activities through shopping, vibrant nightlife…

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way - Dunfanaghy and Donegal

Next on our driving tour of Ireland was the Wild Atlantic Way including the Dunfanaghy and Donegal Area.

We learned a lot about Ireland's Great Potato Famine of 1845-50 while visiting Dunfanaghy and Donegal on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. But you can see evidence of its devastation at many if not most Irish Cemeteries and towns. In Dunfanaghy you can find a large, rounded-hill of earth surrounded by an iron railing marking it as a famine grave.

Ireland lost about 25% of its population, about 1.5 million people, during the Great Potato Famine. Although rarely mentioned in tourist books if you look there are remnants of the famine, everywhere.

The Old workhouse is within walking distance of Sheep Haven Bay and Tramore Beach near the market centre in Dunfanaghy.  Admission is free with some paid exhibits.  The Workhouse is now a heritage centre where they tell the story of Wee Hanna a victim of the famine and former resident of the workhouse.

Workhouses were set up to house the poor by t…

Northern Ireland’s Coast: Bushmills Irish Whiskey Tour to Dunluce Castle

On day 11 our driving tour of Ireland we went to Bushmills, Ireland. We toured the distillery and sampled some good Irish whiskey. Or as my husband says, “Enjoyed thebest Irish whiskey”. Touring the Bushmills Distillery was listed high on husband’s and his friend's bucket list. They are both connoisseurs of single malt whiskeys and Bushmills Irish Whiskey is their favorite because it is triple distilled and is smooth and mellow.
Bushmills, IrelandThe city of Bushmills is located about 3 miles from the Giant Causeway. It is a quaint town of about 1.300 people. You can roam the streets and find interesting shops. My favorite stop was at the Copper Kettle, coffee shop and tearoom, located at 61 Main St.,they have a nice variety of A range of cooked foods, sandwiches, desserts and pastries for sit in or take away. Bushmills DistilleryHome to world-famous Bushmills Whiskey. Bushmills is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, founded in 1608.  Generations have passed down the anci…

Grand Haven Michigan Weekend Getaway

We had a lovely getaway weekend in Grand Haven, Michigan. We stayed at a B&B directly across from the Grand Haven beach and within walking distance to the downtown area.

Grand Haven is a delightful small town on the western side of Michigan located directly on Lake Michigan.  It is well known for the Grand Haven Lighthouse which has been guiding ships since 1839.  The current Grand Haven Lighthouse was built in 1905.

This lazy resort town with the sound of Lake Michigan lapping the shore has a lot to offer everyone in the family. Downtown streets are lined with interesting boutiques and novelty shops.  Ride the Trolley around downtown and visit the many boutiques and then take the trolley to the beach.

There is a boardwalk that fills up every evening after dinner with vacationers, who enjoy ice cream while watching the spectacular sunset over Lake Michigan. Then they turn their attention to the Musical Fountain with the world's largest synchronized lights, water, and music. The M…

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