Ma took her 12th Rick Steves' tour, this time to Ireland, from June 14 to 27, 2015.
Trinity College to look at
Book of Kells - very crowded
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Dublin
Charles Fort
Kinsale
Ruins of the Rock of Cashel
from St. Patrick's time
Kinsale Harbour Cruise during free time
After a scenic drive through Killarney National Park,
we stopped at a local sheep farm.
Our group was treated to Texas BBQ dinner with
traditional Irish music.
Dingle
Gallarus Oratory (early Christian church)
located on Dingle Peninsula
Cristal Cutting Demonstration
Glasnevin Cemetary
Breakfast at the beautiful B&B
Crepe, too beautiful to eat!
Ghost town since 1953
Free Day in Dingle Peninsula
Boat ride to Great Blasket Island
Ride back to Dingle
Another music night
at our guide's music shop
Tower at Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
Galway
After the group dinner
Boat ride to Inishmore,
largest of Aran Islands
Dun Aengus
(Celtic fortress)
Fearless tourists
Brave Irv, our tour member!
Our humorous Irish guide, Dara
"The Quiet Man" in Cong
Prehistoric limestone
pavements in Burren
"Hawk" walk at Ashford Castle
School of Falconry
National Famine
Memorial
in Co. Mayo
(1845-1849)
"Coffin Ship"
Westport
Drumcliff Cemetary
Derry, Northern Ireland
Portrush, Northern Ireland
The sun over N. Ireland doesn't sleep long...
Visit to the Old Bushmills Dstillery
We are in U.K.  Look at the phone booth.
Giant's Causeway - reminded me of Devils Postpile
near Mammoth Mountain
Carrick-a-Rede rope footbridge
Not as scary as it first looked
Ruins of Dunluce Castle
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Titanic Museum
At Belfast City Hall
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Back to Dublin
Farewell supper
After this Ireland tour I took the "Newgrange and Hill of Tara" tour, which I had planned for the pre-tour day.
Flights from Dublin to London, and later to Sacramento went smoothly, but I had a nightmare flight from Chicago to London.  Our United Airlines flight was
diverted to Goose Bay in Newfoundland, Canada after the pilot determined that the plane had a maintenance issue and didn't want to cross the Atlantic
Ocean.  Eventually, we were put up overnight at a military base, where we stayed till 4:30 p.m. next day.  My room's thermometer registered 11 degrees
but on the bed I only found 3 sheets, a pillowcase, and a small towel.  Freezing!  I was glad to find a bathroom so close to my room, which I didn't realize
that I was supposed to share with passengers down the hallway -- until I saw a man standing in the dark.  I must have been in shock.  The bus shuttled us
between our barracks and the mess hall for breakfast and lunch the next day.  Canadian people were nice to us, but there was no UA personnel to give us
any information.  The base was in the middle of nowhere, but a couple of guys found a small store where they could buy a 6 pack of beer, which relaxed
them while waiting for a bus to take us back to the Goose Bay Airport.  Then we were told that we could not fly directly to London and had to fly to Newark
where another airplane would be available.  Finally I got to Dublin, but had missed the first free day I allowed for myself and the tour orientation.  My
checked-in luggage was missing, but I made it to the wonderful restaurant for the first group dinner.  My 19-hour travel from Sacramento resulted in 51
hours of nightmare, but I'm glad that our pilot made a right decision.  I was so glad to see my suitcase reappear at 10 p.m. on the second day.    
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Waiting for the bus
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Back to Goose Bay Airport
Our new plane to Newark ready?
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My memory of Ireland:  Friendly people with sense of humor, delicious, nutritional & aesthetic food, beautiful greens, history, and of course music!
Footnote
Quick look at Natioal Museum - Archeology
Dublin's Pride Parade
June 28, 2015 - Ma flew Air Lingus to London to join another Rick Steves' tour group for a week.
Click
here to see her London tour.
Kilmainhaim Gaol tour during free afternoon