Older than the Pyramids:  Shrouded by Druid Ghosts and Fairy Dust

Maeve was a decisive and forceful leader who ruled over Connaught during the time of Cuchulainn, the greatest of all Irish warriors. Her beauty and sexual prowess were famous. No High King could be crowned without first having the ceremony consummated in the royal bed, such was her fabulous domination!

Snippets of the Ring of Kerry

We had a list of places we wanted to visit and we hit them all by 2pm, making it possible to add an item to our itinerary suggested by our host Rosemarie at the Lodges of Kenmare. We started with a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and a scone at The Rookery. From thereContinue reading “Snippets of the Ring of Kerry”

All who wander are not lost (mostly)

We’ve seen a lot of charming public houses in Ireland, but we always seem to end up in a tea room. After a long morning of wandering in the Irish countryside, we stopped in historic Carrick-on-Shannon for refreshment. We walked up Bridge St. past a pub, which had mouthwatering savory aromas, and crossed the streetContinue reading “All who wander are not lost (mostly)”

Lost in Fairy Land

Day 4: April 22, 2022 : Burren Nature Sanctuary in Kinvara, Co. Galway. (https://www.burrennaturesanctuary.ie/). We relocate lodging to Sligo from Ennis, throwing in a side trip to the Burren Nature Sanctuary. We were looking for a simple hike to enjoy wildflowers and a little nature. We arrive to find the sanctuary to be a teachingContinue reading “Lost in Fairy Land”

Day Three on the Wild Atlantic Way

Today’s adventure is a day trip to Doolin to see the Cliffs of Moher via the Doolin Ferry. Our tour guide Tony provided a short history of the cliffs and pointed out the varieties of seabirds diving for fish in the churning Atlantic. Nancy is prone to motion sickness and the ferry rocks like aContinue reading “Day Three on the Wild Atlantic Way”

What not to do when traveling to Ireland

It’s our first day in Ireland and we already have many stories to share. Our flight from Florida with a stop in Boston left at 7.15pm so as we flew East over the Atlantic our view from our window seat morphed from an eye level view of Orion’s Belt and the setting of the pinkContinue reading “What not to do when traveling to Ireland”

The Full Moon Enters Amongst Nature’s Fireworks

It was a good night to view the Worm Moon. We load snacks and gear and head toward downtown St. Pete to await the rise of moon over Tampa Bay. It’s a pleasant breezy evening. The sky on our side of the bay is clear, but clouds are forming along the horizon on the TampaContinue reading “The Full Moon Enters Amongst Nature’s Fireworks”

Day in the Park

Pinellas County is full of rejuvenating places (natural garden spots) awaiting discovery.  A crisp clear Valentine’s Day was a perfect setting for a walk in nature. The original plan was to go to Moccasin Lake Park, a 51-acre nature preserve with trails under a canopy of mature oaks and wetland boardwalks. That plan was put asideContinue reading “Day in the Park”