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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We finally made it airborne…

  We arrived without further drama in Dublin yesterday morning and spent the day making our way south down the coast toward Kilkenny.  The picture above was shot at the largest waterfall in Great Britain, Powerscourt Falls in Enniskerry.  We were all a bit tired but enjoyed the drive through the lush countryside.
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Still kissing the Tarmac in Orlando

After an adventure with long-term parking we finally made it to the Orlando airport, checked in, cleared security, and race-walked our way to gate 58 at the far end of the terminal. Boarding hadn’t even started! We got on board only to hear that we were Tarmac-bound for another 40 minutes because of air-traffic congestion […]
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“The Blessed” by Yeats

As we begin this Irish journey, here is a poem by famed Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, The Blessed: THE BLESSED by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) UMHAL called out, bending his head, Till Dathi came and stood, With a blink in his eyes, at the cave-mouth, Between the wind and the wood.   And Cumhal […]
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