Trip to Ireland
September – October 2006
It was wet and blustery this morning and Mary's
souvenir umbrella lasted about two minutes before it was blown inside
had to be euthanized. A miserable Lally
driver let us shelter in a small bus until our bus for Connemara
briquettes on sale in the town.
The first stop was on a highly dangerous road near
down bridge that was used in the film "A Quiet Man" over which they
make a big deal. The blackberries were
more interesting than the bridge. Our driver likes to talk but is
history which is good up to a point but he missed pointing out some
things such as the mussel farms. There were lots of wild
fuschia in bloom and
not in bloom. Peat bogs, cut into bricks to dry.
Burns quickly so need a lot of it.
We stopped at a pub in Lenane at the
for Irish coffee. This was the best so
far and it turned out to be the best of the entire trip, probably
because they used a lot of whiskey in proportion to
The rain came down at Kylemore where we stopped
for a baked
potato and beef bourguignon. We declined
to visit the place because of the weather.
We saw lots more peat bogs in the rain and some
seas on Galway
were a lot of dead umbrellas stuffed into
along our route.
At The Quays in the evening, to salute the St. Francis valley crew, we
had a comparison
Smethwicks, Kilkenny, Guinness, Guinness Toucan and Murphy's stout -
accompanied by 12 Galway
Bay oysters. Smethwicks was preferred to Kilkenny, it had
a more bitter taste but Kilkenny tasted "dumbded down" and
watery. Toucan was a very mild form of
Guinness, again "dumbded down".
Murphy's has a stronger bitter chocolate after taste than
has a coco flavour. Guinness is easier
to drink but Murphy's is preferable.