Irish Connection Third
February 09, 2007
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It was August in Europe and
that can only mean one thing. VACATION. I had a business trip in London
that was spaced over a couple of days. I decided to take Becky and the
girls with me. The girls had never been to London so I thought why not.
We had a great time sight seeing around London.
We went off the beaten track a little because it was very crowded with
tourists. We took the Big
Bus tour of London
and hit most of the major sights. It is a fabulous way to see London
in a short time. The amount of history is just incredible. Becky loved
the Harrodss. The girls loved the Hamleys toy store. And I loved
just relaxing in Hyde
Park watching the people run around.
After returning from London, we packed up and headed out to the West of Ireland. The first stop was a town called Westport. It is in County Mayo. We stayed at the Castlecourt Hotel, which was grand because it had a swimming pool. I wondered if my kids enjoyed the scenery and views of western Ireland or the hotel swimming pool more. Stupid question. Westport was fantastic and we had some good weather. The kids enjoyed the Westport House the most. It is an amusement park that is on the grounds of an old Manor house. We had the whole family including Maeve on the log flume that was a sight to behold.
After Westport we drove to Achill Island. It is a hidden gem of beauty. With Ireland starting to become very developed Achill Island is still very much undeveloped. The scenery is unlike any place I have been in Ireland. The mountains and sea were awesome. We stayed at the Isle House B&B for £17pp. The view outside our window was priceless. I guess the problem with the West of Ireland is that you only get a few weeks a year of great weather that is why it is so undeveloped.
Westport we drove to Clifden
and stayed at Dave
Murrays mothers B&B called the Ocean Villa. It is situated
in Kingstown right on the edge of a bay. We have known the Murrays
from the time we lived in Ireland in 1994 so it is like staying with
was busy filled with tourists who were there from all over the world for
the Annual Connemara
Pony Show. The girls enjoyed themselves seeing the horses compete.
The weather was fantastic and the
girls went swimming in the ocean, still a little cold for my liking.
Well it is September and that means back to work and school for the McNamara clan. It sure was a great summer. I will be spending my Sundays listening to the Giants over the Internet. I will miss autumn in the states and the tailgating for the Giants. So long for now.
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