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My first job as a "tour guide"

Thursday, August 05, 2010

-------------THE AMERICANS TOUR OF IRELAND-----------------------
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----------If this works-----I will be as surprised as anyone!!!!

I am not the greatest of writers--( I wish my DH was here--he was a published author and made things so interesting)----I shall do my best----but this visitation of my friends was a lot of fun and I thought you might enjoy a recap!!--They---whose names are Dottie and Roger--arrived like "Greeks bearing gifts"---They brought me Smuckers natural Peanut Butter and Kraft Grated Parmesan cheese. Neither of which can I get here---and Ireland does not do good Peanut Butter.-----After initial rolling happily on the floor with the Peanut Butter-----I calmed sown and we sat and made decision on where we should go first.----It was determined that we would go to the village of Cong where there is a famous 13th Century Abbey---and also where "The Quiet Man" was filmed.

The Abbey has carvings on one of the doorways that are considered the finest in Europe of that period. Both inside and outside the Abbey are gravestones----which by the way--are flat slabs of slate. They seldom had standing gravestones at that time.-----The Abbey is where Wayne and O'Hara ran to escape the rain.
Not too far from the Abbey is a vine covered house that was used for the home of the Reverend Playfair (the Protestant Minister)------Bythe way---did you know that the actor who played the Reverend was Barry Fitzgerald's brother!?
As you walk past the Abbey ---you go into the grounds of one of Ireland most prestigious castle/hotels------Ashford Castle---
The castle is originally 13th Century---but has over the years been added on to up to about the late 18th century---possible early 19th----not sure.----It has some of the most beautiful grounds I have seen.---When we arrived Roger caught me aside and asked me to arrange rooms for us -----The was an Anniversary surprise for Dottie!!! Their 40th Anniversary. Now this is one of the most expensive hotels in Ireland----diplomats and movie stars and Presidents-- guests of the Country stay there.---I got to stay as well and was very glad Roger was paying the bill emoticon The interior is stunning and the furnishing of the halls and lobby are some marvelous antiques.----The grounds are famous for their design and flowers-----some great roses!!----We headed back to Claremorris the next day.

--------------T-t-t-t-that's all folks-----for today.
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  • MARYINFL2000
    Beautiful! I can't get enough of your pictures and your writing is just fine!
    2583 days ago
  • QUEENDIVA50
    Hey VGinny,

    Thanks again for sharing such beautiful pictures!!

    Cassie
    3896 days ago
  • JIMANNMOSS
    I can't say anything that hasn't already been said--a wonderful learning experience, for you and me too.
    3901 days ago
  • GOHUSKERS2
    These pictures are just beautiful...and your script is very good too. Bet your DH would be proud of you. Sorry, but I am most often very nostalgic.

    Love the bit about the peanut butter!
    3901 days ago
  • FRUSTRATEDOMA
    OH MY GOSH GINNY I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT TO STAY THERE. WHAT A THRILL THAT MUST HAVE BEEN . I DO HOPE THEY SEND YOU PICTURES SO THAT YOU CAN DO ANOTHER BLOG AND SHOW US THE INSIDE. YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB ON THE BLOG.
    3901 days ago
  • VITCHY-VICKI
    emoticon that is so cool love the pictures
    I want to come visit you and one day I will and you can take me around but sorry I won't be staying at the Hotel
    Vicki
    3901 days ago
  • WETMAC
    What a lovely first day and to end it in that magnificent hotel just put the icing on the cake. look forward to reading on.
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    3901 days ago
  • ADORNED2
    How Lovely - WOW - you may not speak to us now that you have been among the elite emoticon
    Can't wait to read the next chapter - Thanks for sharing- Hugs
    3901 days ago
  • VXWALL1942
    How delightful! And what beautiful pictures you have joined in the blog. The castle is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous scenes I've ever seen. Amazing the beauty of Ireland...half a world away from my flat Texas prairie. Thanks for sharing.

    vicki
    3901 days ago
  • no profile photo KENP22
    i enjoyed the photos. it seems like a nice place to visit or live in.
    3901 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    Oh this is just beautiful......... that castle is lovely...... and the village of cong was interesting....... I can't believe the landscape of that castle....... as you mentioned.... the inside must have been gorgeous...... Great pictures Ginny....... Thanks for sharing part of your tour with us...... can't wait to see the next one...... emoticon
    3901 days ago
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