What I did on My Vacation to Ireland
||Flew from Denver to Atlanta to Shannon, Ireland.
||Drove to the cottage in Portsalon, on the Fanad peninsula.
||Drove the coast (and got lost on the inland roads) on Fanad.
||Drove to Donegal town, shopped for tweed and sweaters.
||Drove the Inishowen 100 (coastline of Inishowen peninsula). Got lost.
||Drove to Letterkenny for souvenir shopping and sweaters. Lounged at
||Drove to the walled city, Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland).
||Drove to Shannon. Stayed at the airport hotel.
||Flew to Atlanta, then to Denver. (We got delayed by that nut in
Atlanta who caused the airport to shut down.)
- It was off tourist season. Many stores were closed, and the castles we
tried were inaccessible.
- It got dark about 4:30 pm. Usually planned to be back at the cottage by
- The first two days it was cold and very misty. Then we got great bright
sunny weather for all but one other day.
- There was a LOT of road construction.
- And, of course, we had to drive on the left.....on narrow roads.....some
only 1 car width in the extreme rural areas.....that was a first, for me.
- We had a great time in our Irish Cottage Vacation.
Handy Irish phrases for Customs
Handy Irish phrases for the Police
Explanation of Cows vs. Sheep (and phrases)
Fairly wide Irish road (some wider, many narrower
- many rural roads are closely bordered with hedges, trees, fences, stone
walls, or a combination of all of the above.)
View from our Cottage (first sunrise)
View from our Cottage
View of our Cottage upon departure
Derry Tower Museum - William & Mary who seized
the English throne
Derry Tower Museum - William & Mary who did not
seize the English throne
Derry Tower Museum - Deanna & a coach
Duck-like bird swimming off the pier
Duck-like bird diving (about 1/2 minute underwater)
Fanad - Private Lighthouse
Fanad - Mary & Deanna at lighthouse
Fanad - Deanna at seaside near lighthouse
Fanad - more Deanna at seaside near lighthouse
Fanad - Ruth (grandma) at lookout near lighthouse
Fanad - Deanna with other family at seashore
Fanad - Lighthouse
Fanad - panorama of the lighthouse
Fanad - wave coming in
Fanad - Deanna is mesmerized by waves
Fanad - Mary & Ruth 'hanging out'
Fanad - Surf is getting wilder
Fanad - best surf picture!
Fanad - Deanna shelters at the lookout post
Driving - Lots of sheep in Ireland (satellite TV
comes to Ireland)
Driving - Castle on a hill
Inishowen - Deanna & Mary at the beach
Inishowen - the tide is out
Inishowen - getting cloudy at the beach
Inishowen - high atop a beach
Inishowen - just to seaward of that beach
Inishowen - lots of churches, cemeteries, and sheep
Inishowen - the northern-most tip of Ireland!
Inishowen - did we mention the miles and miles of
Inishowen - privacy !
Mary's of Donegal
Art - Many Sheep in Ireland
Art - Did we mention the sheep?
Coins - top half British (sterling) from Northern
Ireland, bottom half coinage from the Irish Republic