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    Jon's Ireland Vacation Travelogue - May 1998

    Day 21

    We didn't get to any megalithic site on this day. Since the weather was so good, we decided to drive through the Connemarra. With the sun out I can assure you that Ireland is the greenest thing on earth. Out of the 300 or so pictures I took on the whole trip, about 40 were from the Connemarra.

    We had a problem with picture taking because we really wanted to pull over every quarter mile and get some photos. Of course in Ireland pulling over to the side means that you'll be blocking half of the roadway and risk getting run over so we missed a few of the best photos.

    As we started the day, the sky was blue, but the last of the morning fog was still wispy across the mountains. Some of the other stuff we saw:

    Eriff river valley, Killary Harbor, Delphi valley, Kylemore Abbey, Sky Road/Clifden, Connemarra Park, Lough Nafooey, and Lough Mask

    Some of the sights in the Connemarra. The mist was just clearing the fields as we got there and it looked like something out of a movie. The third picture is from the Connemarra National Park.

    These are from the Sky Road, Clifton area.

    Two pictures from Kylemore Abbey

    Kylemore Abbey is one of those things you see in all of the guide books. Most people, like us, seem to see it from the road, which happens to run over a long bridge, which happens to lie between two blind turns, which must be fun for drivers as all the passengers yell, "Stop the car!!! Stop the car!!!"

    Day 22

    We spent most of this day driving to the last B & B. We'd only be staying there one night and then be driving to the airport the next day.

    Our route took us through the Burren, which is endless hills made of solid limestone. It was quite bizarre to see something like this in the center of all the green Irish farm land.

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      These hills are solid limestone and they go on for miles.

    Since we needed to get to Lisconner in time for dinner, we didn't stop at any of the archeological sites on the way. We did take time out to go to Moran's however. It is supposedly the best fresh oyster restaurant in Ireland. I wouldn't know because I don't eat raw oysters. They're gross, everybody knows it, some people just want to live in denial. I did how ever have a wonderful mussel platter and several pints.

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      Having a few pints outside Moran's as we waited for them to open. Inside we saw photos of celebrities ranging from Woody Allen to the Emperor of Japan (no shit).

    Day 23

    Our last stop was to take a look at the Cliffs of Moore. We got a tip from the locals that we could take a farm road to the cliffs and avoid the tourist crowd. We drove around for about an hour getting perilously close to lost, until we finally found a quarry road that led to the edge of the cliffs. Big... very big.

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      This photo really doesn't do justice to how magnificent these cliffs were. We spent lots of time just staring.

    The adventure to try and get to my flight was outragious. I've done plenty of flying, but I actually had visions of myself stuck in Limerick with no way to get home.

    As we flew out over the ocean I looked back at Ireland one last time. I missed it already.

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