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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…

Colorado’s Celebration of National Native American Indian Heritage in November

November marks National Native American Indian Heritage Month, and Colorado honors its earliest inhabitants through cultural experiences throughout the year. 

Following is a sampling of sites, exhibits, and museums as well as events and tours that pay tribute to and celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans in the state. 
National Native American Indian Heritage Sites, Exhibits, and Museums:
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Dolores: Covering 176,000 acres, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is a rugged and breathtaking landscape containing the highest known density of archaeological sites in the United States. 6,000 ancient sites, some visible to the eye, dot the landscape, including cliff dwellings, villages and rock art. Plus, the monument is just 10 miles from the heart of Cortez. The outdoor site contains miles of trails ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horseback.

Video about the history of Colorado Native Americans

Crow Canyon Archaeologic…

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