Ireland's tidy towns (which one is a pub?)

Ireland

Village ruins on Great Blasket Island

Ireland - A vanished life in the Blasket Islands

The Blasket Islands are a set of small islands, 3 miles off the southwest coast of Ireland. The Blaskets are abandoned now, and visitors to Great Blasket Island today find only the crumbling ruins of stone houses, on a windswept island with glorious views...
Read article...

Take a ride in an Irish jaunting car

Ireland - Killarney carriage ride

When you go to Killarney, Ireland, be sure to go to the National Park. There are some very cool things there, including Ross Castle (absolutely fascinating), Inishfallen Island (medieval ruins), and Muckross House (fancy-schmancy). But whatever else you manage to fit in, do try taking a jaunting car back to town... Read article...

oth-get-naked

Naked and cold in Ireland

No, not ME! ... And not any of the Adventurous Wenches on our trip, either. It was thousands of other people! On our recent Ireland tour, the morning news reported that in nearby Cork, thousands of people were getting naked outside, and it was pretty dang cold outside right around sunrise! ... Read article...

French president Sarkozy (300)

Ireland must do EU revote - says who?

Last month, Ireland had a referendum on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, and voted NO. The vote was a blow to EU leaders. Now French president Sarkozy has said that Ireland should revote. Needless to say, this has caused a furor in Ireland. The leader of Sinn Fein called it "deeply insulting"... Read article...

Ireland - lion of Ballyseedy castle (300)

Ireland: Forlorn lion of Ballyseedy

Our last night in Ireland, we stayed at Ballyseedy Castle. The grounds are beautiful, and the imposing entryway flanked by lions, just as you'd expect from a castle! Rather than looking ferocious, this lion looks a bit forlorn to me. It's like he's saying "everybody just walks right by, and nobody wants to play"... Full article...

Ireland - Innisfallen island boat

So there we were… Eating in the Lake of Learning

During the dark ages, when classical learning was forgotten across most of Europe, isolated Ireland remained a center of scribes and scholarship. The tiny island of Innisfallen, in the Killarney Lakes, became the A-list school for European princes. Today you can picnic among the ruins... Read article...

Ireland - beehive motel along Dingle Way (300)

Ancient Irish motels?

We walked a portion of the Dingle Way, around the end of Ireland's spectacular Dingle peninsula, with its rugged coastline views. It was a glorious day, and we walked through many rock-walled fields, scattering sheep as we went. As you walk, it's easy to see why both the rocks and the sheep make sense... Read article...

Vote, vote, vote!

Ireland says NO to EU

When I arrived in Dublin a couple of days ago, I was greeted by hundreds of signs plastered around the town, urging readers to vote Yes or No. "YES - Put Ireland at the heart of Europe." "NO - Ireland can do better." I quickly realized that this was more than just a minor election... Read article...

Skellig Michael

Video: Skellig Michael, ancient monastery in ruins

The Skellig Islands are rocky crags off the shore of Ireland. 1500 years ago, a monastery was founded high on the top of the largest, Skellig Michael. Today, it is a World Heritage Site. It's incredible to be here, high on top of the island, and try to fathom what it was like... Watch the video...

Long layover at Gatwick -- whoo hoo! (-:

I'm setting myself up for a killer schedule on my Europe trip. I've got a long red-eye on the way to London Gatwick, then a long layover in London, then another red-eye on the train/boat combination to Ireland. And I couldn't be happier about it! ... Read article...