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Hawaii Day 7: Wine in the House of a King

semi-overcast 83 °F

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Today, Katie and Anthony had to fly back home. We got ready a little bit earlier to take them to the airport, but thankfully their flight was at a reasonable time and we were able to have a nice breakfast. Daniel prepared one of our pineapples from the plantation tour, and Katie and Anthony went on a walk and returned with malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) from a nearby bakery. We had a nice breakfast, then helped them pack and drove to the airport. We had lunch at the same food truck court as we did on our first day, then dropped them off at the airport. Although we are excited about our next few days here, we were sad to see them go. We had a lot of fun snorkeling, hiking, and playing cards with them. It has been a wonderful trip so far.
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After dropping them off, we decided to see the town of Paia. It was an interesting little town, but seemed to consist of nothing but women's clothing shops. Eventually we found a souvenir shop where we got a print of three sea turtles.90_BBA21CA3-F..232A2F97E52.jpg90_1D921ED5-8..A1D4D63A832.jpg9FB338B3-2..B75AD6F78B1.jpg
We also found a shave ice place. Catherine got blue vanilla and fruit punch, and Daniel got "mounds," which consisted of coconut flavoring, chocolate syrup, and macadamia nut ice cream. After we finished there, we decided to go to a wine tasting at a winery that Daniel had heard about. They use Maui Gold pineapples for some of their wine, and have tastings in a building that was used as a residence by King David Kalakaua, who wrote the book Daniel is reading. It was towards the other side of the island, along the southern slopes of Haleakala, so we had to drive a little ways.
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Holy Rosary Church in Paia. It is a very beautiful church. We just happened to drive past it, but we decided to stop in and take a look. It was completely open, and there were a couple other people visiting it as well.
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Outside of the church is a shrine to St. Damian of Molokai. There is a great deal of interest in, and devotion to, this saint in Hawaii for his selfless care of the people suffering from leprosy who were housed in a colony on the island of Molokai. As we continued our way, we came upon...
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...another church! This one is amazing. It is called Holy Ghost Church, and is built in a unique octagonal style. It was the parish for the Portuguese community, who traditionally have a great devotion to the Holy Ghost.
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Pictures of the inside of the church. There is a beautiful altar, and the Stations of the Cross were carved in Europe and have inscriptions in Portuguese. The information book inside the church suggested that the octagonal shape was either based on the design of the original crown of St. Elizabeth (or Isabella) of Portugal, or simply that it was architecturally strong in the high winds the area gets.
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The dome.
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The view from the church.
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As we drove into Upcountry Maui, we started encountering mist and this verdant landscape, complete with rock walls. If it weren't for the heat and the lava rocks used for the rock walls, we would have thought we were in Ireland!
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Some views of the beautiful winery. It was a perfect place to go: it was cooler than the lower areas of the island, and the wind was more like a pleasant breeze. There were several interesting trees and other plants, and the setting was so incredibly different from the rest of the island that we've seen.
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This land belonged in the 1800s to Captain Makee, from Boston. He was friends with King Kalakaua, who at one point was his guest. It was seen as inappropriate for the king to stay in a house with commoners, so a cottage was built for the king's use on their land. This is the house, and this circle of statues sits on the stumps of the trees that ringed Kalakaua's hula grounds, where dancers would perform while he and guests watched from the porch.
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The small museum at the tasting room. The pictures show the entire story of the lands, from the first purchase by the Captain, to the King's stay, to the use of Maui wine at President Reagan's inauguration, to the present day. It was a fascinating story. They had a complimentary tasting, and we purchased a bottle of the pineapple wine.
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We had a wonderful time! Afterwards, we went back to the hotel, then got ready to go to dinner and watch the sunset in Lahaina. We went to an Italian restaurant, which had delicious pizza and bruschetta. The pictures of the sunset seem unbelievable, but they look exactly like what we actually saw. After dinner, we walked around Lahaina a bit, then stopped at a grocery store to prepare for our drive to Hana tomorrow morning!
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Posted by danielcatherine 02:32 Archived in USA Tagged churches sunset airport museum dinner cottage wine lahaina portuguese hula food_trucks shave_ice kalakaua reagan lizard_count:12 Comments (1)

Ireland Day 14: Cork, Youghal, Cashel

overcast 64 °F

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The view from the kitchen of the house where we stayed. A beautiful north Co. Cork landscape.
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We drove through Bweeng again on our way to Cork. This is the pub.
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St. Peter and Paul's Church, Cork. This was an absolutely beautiful church. We went to a Traditional Latin Mass here. It was a low mass, and not very long, but it was beautiful and the building was so incredible. We also got an excellent parking space right in front of the church, and went to lunch right nearby. Cork City is a little bit crowded and hard to navigate, but it was pretty and we were glad to see it during our trip.
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The outside of the church.
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After leaving Cork we drove to the town of Youghal. Daniel's parents went there and highly recommended it to us. We went to the museum and drove around the town a little.
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So is the group called Batty and they're playing tonight? Or is it called Batty Tonight?
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More pictures of Youghal. It was once one of the most important harbors in Ireland. It reminded us a lot of New England, mostly because it had an intriguingly similar history involving puritans, witch trials, etc.
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More of Youghal.
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Some sights along the road to the Rock of Cashel.
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We arrived at the Rock of Cashel just before it closed. The staff seemed eager to lock the doors, so we were lucky to get in. We went to the museum first.
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Cashel was both an ecclesiastical and political site. It was the capital used by Brian Boru, and before him, by the Eoghanacht rulers. It was also the site of a cathedral (to is day the diocese is called The Diocese of Cashel and Emly, even though the cathedral is in Thurles.) There is thus a great variety of buildings and artifacts here.
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The saddest thing about these ruins is that they don't have to be ruins. If history had gone differently, this could still be a thriving cathedral, with masses being said and people traveling to see the historic church. It lasted for centuries being used that way, and churches just as old are still in use in other countries. These were part of a patrimony that was sadly stolen from the people.
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More pictures from the Rock.
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And some more. It's a beautiful place.
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Some pictures of us at the Rock of Cashel.
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It was extremely windy there that day. It was very difficult to walk around without being blown off-course, and it made Daniel's allergies really bad. Still, it was a nice day to see the ruins with no rain.
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This monument is visible for miles around. It is only when you walk behind it that you realize...
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...that it used to be a cross! It would have been incredibly huge as a cross. Unfortunately, without a guide we don't know if it was wind or human action that blew it down.
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In the gift shop, Catherine tried on this cloak. She said she wishes that cloaks were a more socially acceptable thing to wear. Unfortunately, the €500 price tag prevented her from doing her part to bring back the cloak. (Also, she wondered if daggers were a necessary accessory with cloaks.)

We went to dinner at a pub called Brian Boru's, where people were watching a darts competition, and the Italian waiter kept promising the owner that he would bring in Italians, then delivering on his promise (he must have brought in at least four Italians while we were eating there.) Only after we finished eating did we find out there was another side, which was a restaurant with live music. It was a nice dinner. We then set off on our drive to our next AirBnB, which was near Athlone and especially close to the ruins at Clonmacnoise, which we were very excited to see.
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Some pictures of the sunset along our way. We arrived at our AirBnB on the Pilgrims' Road, and met our hosts who also had large dogs, had a farm, and the husband was named Joseph. We had a nice conversation with them, then went to our room and went to sleep.

Posted by danielcatherine 12:53 Archived in Ireland Tagged history ruins church museum cathedral dogs farm cross latin wind athlone joseph cork mass cashel clonmacnoise rock_of_cashel bweeng dromohane youghal Comments (0)

Day 11 - What is poutine???

semi-overcast 65 °F

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The city of Victoria in late morning. It is beautiful and extremely well-organized. It feels like an old European city, but with American-style drivability and roads that are sized correctly for cars.

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We went to lunch at Skinny Tato Polish Restaurant. We have challenged ourselves to try new things. The Polish woman who owns the restaurant gave us recommendations/ commands about what we should order. We just went along with the recommendations, and once we had ordered we were not sure what we would get. We got potato pancakes stuffed with sauerkraut and mushrooms, as well as cabbage rolls stuffed with bacon. These were all new combinations to is, but they were actually surprisingly delicious. It was a whole new set of flavor combinations: a bit like Chinese food, a bit like Italian food, but really just unlike anything else we had tried.

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Butchart Gardens. The Butchart family owned a cement plant, and Jennie Butchart created the garden to beautify the area. The family still owns the estate, but it is open to visitors. It is extremely beautiful. It is almost difficult to comprehend how beautiful it is when you are there because of how many different plants you can see.

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Te remarkable beauty of the place. It is wonderful to just walk around and see everything. Catherine feels like the yellow flower in the picture above looks like it is fake and made of wire.

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Us in the gardens.

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Daniel got a cherry amaretto gelato, and Catherine got one that was rose petal flavored. We ate them in the Italian Garden.

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Viking exhibit at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Many of these artifacts are real and are on loan from museums in Sweden.

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The name "Albers" written in runes.

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A wire matrix suspending various bolts. It doesn't look like much, until you realize the bolts are real bolts from a Viking ship burial, suspended exactly where they would have been on the ship.

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Natural History: a mammoth and a sea lion.

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First Nations Exhibit: the highlight of this area is the complete house, formerly belonging to a native chief, which is fully presented in the museum.

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Views of the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings.

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The Pennyfarthing Pub in the Oak Bay neighborhood for a late dinner.

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An "Irish Flight" of beers: Harp, Smithwick's, Kilkenny, and of course, Guinness. Since Daniel's parents flew to Ireland the day before, we thought ordering an Irish Flight seemed appropriate.

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Catherine was intrigued by the menu item called "poutine." Neither of us had tried it, but Daniel had already heard of it an had a vague notion as to what it was. Catherine read the description, then asked the waitress what it was. The waitress was friendly, but reacted somewhat the way an American waitress would if you asked her to explain what this "hamburger" thing was all about. Catherine ordered a half order, and it was in fact pretty good.

Overall, the day went wonderfully. Victoria is an incredibly enjoyable city, and both of us have talked about returning to spend more time here.

Posted by danielcatherine 00:11 Archived in Canada Tagged victoria flower native flight museum mammoth irish vikings sealion poutine pennyfarthing butchart_gardens Comments (1)

Day 3 - Part Two

sunny 61 °F

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Downtown Ferndale.
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The Ferndale Museum: this museum had a lot of fascinating historical information. 90_IMG_0305.jpg
Someone had come to the post office with a goat. His only explanation was "It's my son's goat. " the goat's name was Rocky.
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Some views of Ferndale. The Victorian "butterfat palaces." (Mansions built with dairy money).
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The Portuguese festa for Pentecost is this weekend.
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The Ferndale Pie Shop, where we got a slice of apple-berry pie for desert after lunch.

The town of Ferndale is beautiful. There are so many cute shops, interesting buildings, and friendly people to talk to. It is definitely a place we would love to see again. After Ferndale, we headed for Jacksonville, Oregon.

Posted by danielcatherine 01:42 Archived in USA Tagged museum pie rocky festa ferndale goats portuguese butterfat Comments (0)

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