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SECOND SHOT AS A TOUR GUIDE

Friday, August 06, 2010

--------------THE AMERICANS TOUR OF IRELAND-------part II------------------------

----------Now that I have you all captive and on the edge of your seats---------

We took a day off----to relieve the driver-----and roamed around Claremorris---which doesn't do much for anyone-----we are a very small and quiet town-----our two claims to fame are a Drama Festival in March and an Agricultural show in July (we missed it).
I decided that we should visit my favourite Crystal factory---CELTIC CRYSTAL-----Sorry to say that Waterford is no longer the prize crystal of Ireland. They were bought by a German conglomerate and much of it is madethere and finished here. We do not buy Waterford. There are many My friends were really intrigued and impressed----but they didn't buy---very expensive.
The very large jardiniere which is breathtakingly beautiful on site----takes three months to cut---to rest the eyes of the cutter. Colour pieces are very difficult and the cutter is not allowed to do any cutting for a while after doing one piece.
After 'drooling' over all the lovely crystal we headed south to The Burren. Initially this was a traffic nightmare til we passed Galway City and rounded Galway BaY which is the home of a major ocean boat race --The Volvo Ocean Race. -
There are three Island in the Bay--The Aran Island from which come the Aran knit fisherman's sweater.-----There at one time were used for identity---Each family had it's own pattern and fishermen were identified by the sweater in the even of tragedy---This however is no longer the case.
We then partially encircled the Bay which brought us to ---THE BURREN---an area of limestone rock covering imposing mountains of unique ecological sensitivity.
This is a place of megalithic tombs and monuments that are older than the Pyramids in Egypt! A place that has flowers that grow no where else in the world!!-----At one time brown bears and wolves roamed wild----but no longer. Brown bears have been extinct for thousands of years and the last wolf on the Island was killed in the late 1700's.

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T-t-t-t-thaat's all folks-----for tonight!!---------------------
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  • MARYINFL2000
    G orgeous!
    2540 days ago
  • CHATTIEGIRL
    Hi VGINNY;

    I loved the information and pictures you showed. Some time will you look up Flannigan that was my maiden name but Daddy may have changed the spelling. I Hope you are eating healthy and doing your routine exercises to reach your goal. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and don't wear yourself out Christmas shopping. Love the Spark people site, friends, teams and learn from them. God bless you always.

    Joyce
    3743 days ago
  • FRUSTRATEDOMA
    OH GINNY WHAT ANOTHER GREAT BLOG. YOU TRULY DO HAVE THE GIFT FOR WORDS AND YOU FOUND BEAUTIFUL PICTURES. I AM SO GLAD I GOT TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU. YOU ARE A GREAT TOUR GUIDE.
    3857 days ago
  • VITCHY-VICKI
    emoticon Love the tours
    Now Where
    Vicki
    3857 days ago
  • ADORNED2
    Where shall we go next? Thereis a next rightLOL
    3857 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    Wow look at that crystal..... that first piece is amazing..... I bet to see it close up is just lovely... great pictures of the Volvo ocean..... the limestone rock is different..... with flowers that only grow there........ All of it is wonderful..... I would like to have been standing right there...... Thanks for sharing this Ginny.......... Everything is just so beautiful.... It shows the wonderful time you all had..... emoticon
    3858 days ago
  • WETMAC
    I'm with Ann. So interesting to learn about the local history and with such scenery how can you go wrong?
    3858 days ago
  • JIMANNMOSS
    You are one heck of a tour guide---You're HIRED! emoticon
    3858 days ago
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