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The puffins are plentiful (Alex)

by on July 7, 2015

Today we went on a tour of the area surrounding Galway. To explain the itinerary, let’s head over to an email Anna, Rachel, and I got from Dad!

From: Dad

To: Anna, Rachel, Alex

Subject: Our Ireland Tour

Content: Taking you along Galway Bay, your first stop is at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle & into The Burren- home to 75% of Ireland’s native flora & location of numerous ancient monuments many of which we visit including the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort- home of little men with green hats and orange beards! Stopping also at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses (Irish High Crosses), we make our way to the coastal village of Doolin for our lunch stop before visiting the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. (2 hour stop- FREE admission to Cliffs!)

Thank you Dad from the past. Your sentences may have been a bit long, but we get the idea. The Dunguaire Castle was a small castle that was home to, for lack of a better word, ‘King’ of a county in Ireland. It was designed to look like an English castle, but a lot smaller. The Burren may have been interesting to a botanist, but to an average tourist, was quite boring. Basically, it looked like all of the other fields in the British Isles. The Ballyalban Fairy Fort is basically a place where Irish stories said that Leprechauns and Fairies lived. The Gleninsheen Tomb was basically a tomb made up of two rocks on the side with a 1.2 ton rock on top. The Celtic Crosses were designed to make the transition from being Celtic to Christian easier by combining the cross from Christian and the circle from Celtic to make a new symbol. Doolin was small, and the food was terrible, but a good experience. The Cliffs of Moher were interesting. The weather was oddly familiar. Oh, I remember where I remember the weather. I do believe that in my post “Fluffin Puffin” from August 2013, Dad added in:

[Standing at the top of a 300-foot sheer cliff in 40-mph winds, with no handrail, to lean out and try to get pictures of puffins, was exciting…. –David]

Ah, yes.Tá Ag iarraidh a pictiúir de puifíní a fháil i stoirm Atlantach le 30 ciliméadar in aghaidh na gaotha uair cuimhne nach bhfuil Fond an-an mianach. Ba é sin an lá sin chuaigh muid go dtí an oighearshruth. [Which is Irish for “Trying to get pictures of puffins in an Atlantic storm with 30 kilometer per hour winds is a not very fond memory of mine. That was the day we went to the glacier.” The blue text links to Google Translate.] Oh, wait. Did I have to go into that much detail? I could’ve just said “the puffins were plentiful” and you would get the same message! Silly me. Now I know. Don’t you see the resemblance? Iceland, Ireland. Only one letter difference!

Weather history for today  (From Bing)

Weather history for today (From Bing)

As you can tell, today was very fun, and dry.
[wow…. That was a pretty inventive post …. What did we put in Alex’s soup for dinner?   Translating it:   We went on what could have been a really interesting bus tour of western Ireland, but unfortunately we got a North Atlantic winter storm in July, and were treated to 50 mph winds and rain. Just like on our Iceland trip in 2013….. Same ocean, same storm, and same puffins!   Fun but not as fun as it would have been on even a normal Ireland summer day.  Oh well.    – David]



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One Comment
  1. Aunt Ginny permalink

    Very interesting blog post. Looks wet and windy, but you ere all prepared!

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