Melodic Memories

One of the great things about this trip was the serendipitous discovery of music around every corner.  In pubs, at subway stops, on street corners, in people’s homes we were blessed by a wide variety of music everywhere we went.  Our children have introduced us to so much new music over the years which has awakened a great love for much more variety than we had before they came along.  In the video clip below, we share with you a few bars of the musical variety we experienced while we were all over Ireland and deeply immersed in Paris.

One of the recordings we wish we had gotten was when we visited a pub to listen to Irish music but had left the camera back at the B & B.  We heard an Irish folk singer named Tim O’Riordan, who is known for penning the famous #1 Irish hit Langer.  The whole pub was swaying and singing at the top of their lungs:

Langer…  Oh, Langer…

The meaning of which he described as “if you’re from New York, you’d be a schmuck.  If you’re from California, you’d be a nerd.”  After hearing the song, I’m not so sure he was adept at translation…

At any rate, enjoy this sampling!

All shades of green

We have been back a week from our vacation to Ireland and Paris, and have many more sights and sounds to share. We will work on those as time allows. One of the striking things about Ireland is how lush and green the countryside is everywhere you go. When we were on the plane flying […]
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A peek into the Orsay Museum

The Disciples Running to the Sepulchre painting by Burnand
There is one image from the Orsay museum, which we visited on Thursday afternoon, that Clarke wanted to share. It is by Swiss artist Eugène Burnand, painted at the end of the 19th century.  Peter and John are rushing towards the empty tomb on Easter morning.  If you click the picture to see an enlargement, notice […]
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Our first day in Paris

The Eiffel Tower
The first morning we woke up in Paris, we oriented ourselves to the Metro system and headed off for Notre Dame Cathedral with plans for a walking tour that gives a primer on the history of the city.  As we were changing trains, we climbed stairs and headed down this long hallway.  As we did, […]
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Oh, the Downside of Travel

We had a delightful lunch at the Glucksman Gallery on the University College at Cork campus.  Zach and Ben played frisbee on the lawn outside the café.  When leaving, we discovered that we had parked illegally.  Unbeknownst to us, there were laws that required the purchase of parking discs (what the heck are those?) that […]
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Milton Malbay Mates

Our new friends from the pub in Milton Malbay, on the Western coast of Ireland
Between the Killearny National Park and the Cliffs of Moher, we stopped in for lunch at a pub in Milton Malbay and met these mates who chatted us up between pints.  To welcome us to Ireland, these boys brought Ben and Zach their first Guiness to make sure their welcome to the Emerald Isle was […]
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