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europe 2013 A where we can, when we can, account of our self drive trip around Ireland-Britain-France

Bodmin - Highbridge

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Views [122]

The Cornish mizzle turned into a steady rain during the day.  Our only stop of note was in Tintagel.  The castle there is where the legend of King Arthur was born and perpetuated by successive generations of monks who seemed to like spending ... Read more >


Photos: Bodmin - Highbridge

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 13 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Bike ride to Padstow

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Views [100]

Mizzle, the misty Cornish drizzle that we woke up to this morning.  Not enough to keep us off the bikes.  In fact perfect biking weather.  The trip to Padstow along the Camel trail was only 10-11 miles return.  Lindsay on a trike, ... Read more >


Photos: Bike ride to Padstow

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Eden Project St Austell Cornwall

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Bodmin Cornwall

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 | Views [118]

For the next couple of nights we're staying in Bodmin with Lindsay an English friend of Janice's.  The towns, we passed through to get here, don't have the same tidy/quaint appeal as in Ireland.  The country landscape is still rolling hills ... Read more >


Dublin

IRELAND | Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | Views [269]

A quiet day today.  Our B & B host (the same one we had on our first day in Ireland, and kindly booked by Claire) said what a breathe of fresh air we were after some of the guests they'd had recently. It would appear some have unusual expectations/requests.... Read more >


Photos: (Carlow)-Mooretown (north of Dublin)

IRELAND | Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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(Carlow) - Mooretown (north of Dublin)

IRELAND | Monday, 9 Sep 2013 | Views [215]

Back roads today.  Miles and miles of country lanes/roads.  Beautiful countryside and homes. A bit of money in these parts.  Our first stop was the National stud near Kildare.  The top stallion there, Invincible Spirit, earns €... Read more >


Photos: Midleton - (Carlow)

IRELAND | Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Midleton - (Carlow)

IRELAND | Sunday, 8 Sep 2013 | Views [295]

Last night's B&B was a Fawlty Towers of sorts. " Bugle" playing host, somewhere down the hall,  had us in fits of laughter later in the evening.  Janice never actually got to meet him but I did when he came to make a few ineffectual attempts ... Read more >


Camp - Midleton (Cork)

IRELAND | Saturday, 7 Sep 2013 | Views [324] | Comments [2]

I spent some time last night re-organising this journal so, hopefully, it flows a bit better now?  I also changed my tablet from Aussie time to Ireland time so the dates should make sense to.  Marathoners are up early this morning, which means ... Read more >


Photos: Camp - Midleton (Cork)

IRELAND | Saturday, 7 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Ennis - Camp (Dingle Peninsula)

IRELAND | Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | Views [323]

Glenomra House is the name of the B&B we stayed in last night.  All the B&B's have been 30 EUR each per night,  but this one would have to be the winner so far. Really nice woman running it, great room (always with ensuite) and the ... Read more >


Photos: Ennis - Camp (Dingle Peninsula)

IRELAND | Friday, 6 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Galway - Ennis

IRELAND | Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Galway - Ennis

IRELAND | Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | Views [340] | Comments [2]

So many photo opportunities but so few places to stop and take them!  We drove north and took in part of the Lar Connaght penninsula, and then south through The Burren area.  Narrow windy roads bordered by rock walls and overgrown hedges.  ... Read more >


Dublin - Galway

IRELAND | Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | Views [281] | Comments [2]

Beautiful sunny day today.  Drove the back roads.Lovely country driving. Flat to rolling land very like the Waikato.  Houses generally, although older, are better kept than in NZ.  The overgrown hedges that border the paddocks make sight ... Read more >


Photos: Dublin - Galway

IRELAND | Wednesday, 4 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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The Flight

IRELAND | Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | Views [229] | Comments [2]

Three hours in a shuttle bus plus 22 hours flying, along with the stopovers in between, has taken it's toll on our minds and bodies.  No sleep for me and only a couple of hours for Janice but it's surprising what a nice hot shower can do.  ... Read more >


Photos: The Flight

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | Photo Gallery


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OUR TRIP?

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | Views [136]

Janice and I will be away for 5 weeks.  2nd September 2013 - 7th October 2013. We will have one week in Ireland, 10 days in Britain, then the remainder of our time will be spent in France.


Photos: home

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery

B4 departure learning how to capture photos with my new Android tablet!!
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