It’s All Greek to Me

Something about the Greek Islands has always called to me. Greece is so different from any other country in the Balkan region and holds an air of mystery. My song pick for this entry is “Greek Song” by Rufus Wainwright. Oddly it’s the song I get stuck in my head and have to sing loudly…

While On the Road in Ireland

There are always aspects of each trip that do not fit in with other blog entries or lack the substance to fill out an entry of their own. A lot of them are goofy and have nothing to do with the trip or the country I am in, just kind of a universally comical experience. Some…

Clinch River, Coal Creek, and Chow Chow

Norris is a small East Tennessee town known for its lake, marinas, state park, museums, and giant Tennessee Valley Authority dam. Like most small towns surrounding Knoxville, new businesses are springing up and outdoor areas are being developed for tourism, drawing day-trip lovers like me to explore. Sweet Cafe Not too often am I surprised…

Onward Clarevoyage, to the Burren!

  Ireland’s west coast forms a crescent shaped bay around the Aran Islands, and this was our route from Letterfrack through Galway, and down to Bell Harbour / Bealaclugga, right to the heart of the Burren. What Irish radio lacks, we made up for by singing our favourite songs at the top of our lungs.…

Lazy Day at Kylemore Abbey

Wealthy British doctor-turned-politician Mitchel Henry built the Kylemore Castle in the heart of Connemara in the late 1800s, and for that time it was mindbogglingly futuristic. Henry had married the love of his life, Margaret, and they had several children. Shortly after the castle was finished, the family went on a vacation to Egypt where Margaret caught…

Surreal Connemara

Once Hurricane Ophelia had blown over, we packed up and left our refuge in Letterfrack for a visit to the Connemara National Park. I have never seen a landscape so surreal, in person, in all of my life.   Here, it looks like you are inside a virtual reality game. Every few miles the scene…

Hurricanes and Rainbows

In less than 3 hours you can drive completely cross-country in Ireland, but you would be foolish not to stop at the Wonderful Barn, Maynooth Town, Clonmacnoise or another historic site along the way. Renvyle We reached Galway late evening and headed north up to the Connemara Loop to spend the night in the village of…