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March 2017

Ireland Day 18: Sláinte!

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One of the great challenges for Americans driving in Ireland is keeping the side mirrors. Daniel's dad had insisted that it wasn't possible. The roads are much more narrow than most American roads, and they usually have walls on either side that make it hard to get over. We took these pictures to show our car, undamaged and with both side mirrors.
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We went in to Dublin airport, and picked up a few items in the shops there: Coole Swan, and most importantly Lyon's tea (which we have not allowed ourselves to run out of since that day, and which we drink on a daily basis). We got on the plane and got ready for the flight to Toronto.
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Our last glimpse of Ireland. We had with us the teapot and the Infant of Prague figurine Mary Kathleen gave us, two loaves of treacle bread, and the bittersweet feeling of a beautiful experience coming to an end. We were sad to see it end, but happy that we have had yet another adventure and that this one has been so perfect.
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Plane travel is never all that comfortable, but we tried to have as cozy a time as possible. Catherine realized that there was a bar in the back of the plane (or a "speakeasy" as she called it) and we got some Bailey's to drink a toast to Ireland.
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There were no clouds over Greenland as we flew over. The pilot said he had not seen Greenland that clearly in his whole career. It was absolutely beautiful, and these pictures do not do it justice.
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Back in California, having tea and treacle bread with Daniel's family. Mary Kathleen had asked us to take it to them. We had a great time reminiscing about our trip and sharing our memories.
Our trip to Ireland was a beautiful experience. We talk about it all the time, and can't wait to go back. We feel so lucky to have had this experience, and love the adventures that we are able to take together. We are also happy that we were able to finish our blog and get these pictures and memories compiled so we can remember them in the future. And as always, we can't wait for our next adventure!

Posted by danielcatherine 23:43 Archived in Ireland Tagged airport toronto dublin plane san_jose greenland bailey's lyon's coole_swan treacle_bread Comments (1)

Ireland Day 17: The Rocky Road to Dublin

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Unfortunately, we didn't get a picture with the whole Moran family. However, we had a time wonderful visiting with all the Morans. Daniel was happy to see everyone again, and Catherine loved meeting them. We took this picture with Mary Kathleen, who was a bit shaken from her fall but doing much better in the morning. We made so many cherished memories with her and the family. It was hard to leave. Our time there was one of the major highlights of our trip. We hope to go back as soon as we can.
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Isabella (Adrian and Mikal's daughter) introducing a feral cat at Knock Shrine to Peppa Pig.
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Isabella loved "flying" around the lawn at the shrine. Daniel tried to teach her to fly on her own, but she seemed to prefer being picked up and flying around that way.
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The beautiful grounds of Knock Shrine. This church means a great deal to Daniel, as it is the place he decided to become Catholic and where his great grandfather was baptized. It always has a serene and peaceful feeling. Adrian told us some stories about miracles at Knock, and we had a wonderful afternoon before leaving. It was another sad parting, but again we hope to return and visit our friends and family in Ireland as soon as we can.
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We then set off towards Dublin. We had an AirBnB for the night near the airport. We had a nice drive across the country, seeing the sights and listening to music as we went. We tried to find a place to stop for dinner on the way, but it got late and we ended up eating at a Traditional Irish Italian Chipper in the apartment complex where we were staying. We had a cozy room, and the place was close to the airport allowing us to get a decent night's sleep before flying the next morning.

Posted by danielcatherine 23:06 Archived in Ireland Tagged dublin adrian mikal knock isabella mary_kathleen feral_cat peppa_pig chippers Comments (0)

Ireland Day 16: There's Goodness In It

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Note: It is just under a year since our last entry. When we came home we got back to our regular, day-to-day lives, and it was hard to blog. However, we wanted to finish our blog so that we could use it as a photo album, and so that we could use it to show other people our trip.

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We ate a delicious breakfast, including Mary Kathleen's treacle bread and coconut bread. It was a beautiful rainy day, and we spent most of the morning and afternoon visiting with the Morans in front of the cozy turf fire.
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We did make one outing, to Claremorris. We wanted to buy one last gift: a Mayo jersey for Aubrey. Attracta had made some calls to track down small sizes. We were not able to find one in a baby size, but we found one that was sized for a three-year-old. Thankfully, going to Claremorris gave us the opportunity to try the best chipper in Mayo (according to a recent poll): Val's. Adrian and Fr. Eugene worked there as teenagers, and Val talked with us about them when we told him we knew them. The chips were absolutely delicious: ever since, we have often wished we could eat Val's chips again.
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Jillian, who does Irish dance, gave a demonstration of her skills.
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Daniel, imitating his cousin Robbie. Apparently, when Daniel's family all visited together in 2003, Robbie was fascinated by the turf fire. Catherine and Mary Kathleen had Daniel recreate the way Robbie sat waiting for the fire to start.
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Some views of the cloudy and rainy weather outside. It was wonderfully warm and cozy within.
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We spent some time playing cards and talking with everyone. It was a wonderful day, and we were happy we had the chance to return to Kilkelly after our first visit. Later that night, we sat by the fire with Attracta and Mary Kathleen. Mary Kathleen started feeling sick, and got up for a moment. Shortly after we heard a yell, and Attracta went to help her. A moment later, Attracta called to us to come help. Mary Kathleen had fallen. Marie came down to the house, and we did everything we could to help Attracta and Marie. Mary Kathleen seemed to be feeling a little bit stronger after a while. Although it was scary, we were glad there were people in the house to help her.

Posted by danielcatherine 22:18 Archived in Ireland Tagged marie chips mayo turf jillian kilkelly mary_kathleen attracta ciaran val's claremorris Comments (0)

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